Are you tired of working in the corporate world, feeling unfulfilled and wanting to transition into business ownership? Having considered what business opportunity would be the best for you, you may have already come to the conclusion that franchising is the way forward for you. It can have multiple advantages, such as being well-known straight away or having the methods of operation already in place.
However, there are also several questions that arise when considering franchising, such as risk assessment and capital investment. The International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) is a membership-based franchise consulting network that strives to bring many answers to these complex questions. Through our collective effort and long history of experience, we provide resources and guidance for aspiring franchisees. This article provides a comprehensive overview of some of the frequently asked questions when considering franchising, with an emphasis on what is important for potential franchisees to know.
What Is Franchising?
Franchising is a strategic method of business that involves a franchisee agreeing to sell goods and/or services that is associated with a company, or franchisor, in accordance with the company’s guidelines. The franchisor benefits from having a network of independent franchises that act as a channel for their products. They also receive royalties from the franchisees in exchange for the products and services they provide.
What Are the Benefits of Franchising?
One of the main benefits of franchising involves brand recognition. Being a part of a well-established brand can greatly increase chances of success. Additionally, when joining a franchise, there are additional resources available to you. For example, franchisors usually provide training and operational support for their franchisees. Having access to such expertise and resources makes the process of building your business easier and more cost-effective. Furthermore, choosing the right franchise can increase how efficient the franchisees’ operations turn out to be. Additionally, franchising is often a great option for entrepreneurs with limited experience and knowledge in the field.
What Type of Financing and Capital Is Needed?
In order to start a franchise, you will need an adequate amount of capital and financing. The amount of capital investment required will vary according to the franchise you choose, as well as what is included in the franchise package. For instance, some franchises may require the purchase of a property and other real estate, while some may only require an investment to cover the initial fees and franchise fee. Regardless, it is advisable to consult with a financial advisor in regards to the capital investment you will need.
What Am I Getting in Return?
In return for your investment into franchising, franchisees benefit from having the resources and expertise to support their business operations. This includes the training and operational support from the franchisor, access to the franchisor’s resources, suppliers, and a well-known brand name. Additionally, being a franchisee often includes the potential for great profits, depending on the location, success and return on investment.
What Are the Risks Involved With Franchising?
As with any type of business venture, franchising carries its own set of risks. Potential risks include: not making a return on investment due to an unsuccessful business, legal disputes, and termination of the franchise due to franchisees not complying with regulations. One of the main risks when considering a franchise opportunity is its financial performance, as its success depends upon the franchisee’s ability to run it efficiently while remaining competitive in the market. Additionally, it is advised to research the franchise and ensure you understand the terms of the agreement.
Where Can I Find Franchising Opportunities?
Finding franchises to invest in can be a challenge, but there are many resources available to help aspiring franchisees decide upon the best opportunity. Franchising broker groups – such as IFPG – offer consultative services to those interested in investing in a franchise. Furthermore, you can research potential franchises online, attend industry events, and consult with other franchisees for advice.