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Semi-Absentee Franchises

Having recently retired from a successful career, you’re looking for a way to stay active and engaged in a business. A semi-absentee franchise may be the perfect option to satisfy your interest. Franchises allow you to own a fundamental piece of an existing business and with a semi-absentee franchise you have virtually none of the operational concerns that come with a traditional business. But what other benefits come with a semi-absentee franchise?

The International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) is here to answer all your questions about semi-absentee franchises. We’re a membership-based franchise consulting network with more than 1,300 franchisors, franchise consultants and vendor members. We’ll guide you through the process of identifying and investing in a semi-absentee franchise opportunity that meets your needs. Read on to get started.

What Is a Semi-Absentee Franchise?

A semi-absentee franchise is a type of franchising that allows the owner of the franchise to be largely absent from day-to-day operations. It’s a low risk way of expanding a business with a trusted brand name and proven success model. In a semi-absentee franchise, the owner will make an initial investment and follow the franchisor’s guidelines while allowing a team of managers to run the operations of the franchise. The owner will maintain an active role in monitoring and managing the franchise while allowing the hired management team to run the business operations.

What Are the Benefits of Investing in A Semi-Absentee Franchise?

A semi-absentee franchise provides a range of benefits for the individual who desires to stay involved in a business without the day-to-day management involved with a traditional business. There are several advantages to owning a semi-absentee franchise:

  • Low operational risk and liabilities: Semi-absentee franchises require a lower initial capital investment than most traditional businesses and offer a low risk way of expanding your existing business.

  • Experienced support: Franchisors provide support to franchisees to help ensure the success of their business.

  • Leveraged resources: Franchisors have established relationships with vendors and other resources, allowing franchisees to benefit from these associations.

  • Proven business model: Selecting a semi-absentee franchise ensures you are tapping into a tried and tested method for generating income and achieving success.

  • Self-determination: While part of a network of franchisees, your semi-absentee franchise still allows you to be in full control of your own business and your own decisions.

How Much Does a Semi-Absentee Franchise Cost?

The cost of a semi-absentee franchise varies from franchisor to franchisor and the particular type of franchise. Generally, there is an initial franchise fee, which is typically between $30,000 and $50,000, plus the cost of any necessary equipment, supplies, inventory or renovations.

Additionally, the franchisor will likely charge an ongoing royalty fee that is disbursed to the franchisor as you earn revenue from your franchise. This typically ranges from 5% to 8%. The ongoing royalty fees help cover the franchisor’s costs for training and continued support services that they offer to their franchisees.

What Do I Need to Consider Before Investing in a Semi-Absentee Franchise?

Before investing in a semi-absentee franchise, there are several things you should consider.

  • Do your due diligence: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires franchisors to provide potential franchisees with a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Make sure to read the document thoroughly and ask questions about anything you don’t understand.

  • Investigate financing options: Research methods of financing such as taking out a loan, angel investors, a business partner, etc.

  • Visit the franchise location: Visit the location where the franchise is based to ensure that you’ll be pleased with it.

  • Speak to current franchisees: Reach out to some of the current franchisees for their insights and experiences.

At the International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG), our goal is to help you find the perfect semi-absentee franchise opportunity for your interests. Our experienced team offers comprehensive assessments, advice and guidance to new franchisors. We’ll help you identify the right franchise fit for your goals and work with you to determine the best location and funding options. Call us today to get started on your journey to owning a semi-absentee franchise.


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