One of the most popular and profitable business opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs is restaurant franchise ownership. From fast-food chains to family-friendly sit-down establishments, franchising offers potential franchisees a chance to capitalize on an established brand and menu with the potential for profitability much faster than going it alone.
At the International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG), we help aspiring entrepreneurs take the necessary steps to invest in a franchise and make sure they are armed with the essential information needed to make an informed decision and pursue their dream of owning a business. As part of that service, we have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions we hear from aspiring franchisees looking to open their own restaurant franchise.
What is the cost/investment involved in starting a restaurant franchise?
It’s important to understand that every franchise is different, and the cost to invest will vary depending on the individual franchise. Generally speaking, most restaurant franchises require some type of initial franchise fee along with ongoing royalty payments on the gross sales of the franchise. Depending on the franchise, these can vary significantly and can range from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands.
The second most significant cost associated with starting a restaurant franchise is the total investment required to fund the day-to-day operations of the business. This includes expenses like rent, equipment purchases, working capital, furnishings, and marketing. All of these expenses can add up quickly and can range from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands, depending on the size and scope of the franchise.
What type of training and support is provided by the franchisor?
Training and support are key elements of owning a franchise. Most franchisors provide some form of initial training, as well as ongoing support throughout the life of the franchise. The type and scope of the training and support can vary greatly, so it’s important to ask specific questions about this aspect of the franchise during the due diligence process.
Some franchisors provide in-person training sessions for new owners and their staff, while others provide tailored mentoring programs or e-learning modules. Additionally, franchisors may offer ongoing support for marketing, operations, and financials. Ask specific questions about what types of training and support are provided by the franchisor to make sure it meets your business needs.
Do I need prior experience in the restaurant or foodservice industry to open a franchise?
Prior experience in the restaurant industry isn’t always a requirement to own a franchise, but it can certainly be beneficial. Many franchisors prefer to award their franchises to individuals who have had experience working in the foodservice industry, but it’s not always required. If you don’t have prior experience, it’s best to look for a franchise that offers comprehensive training.
What are some of the most common challenges with owning a restaurant franchise?
Owning a franchise can be a rewarding experience but comes with a multitude of challenges, many of which are unique to the restaurant industry. Challenges can range from staffing problems to managing vendor relationships to mastering the art of menu creation.
There are many other challenges that can arise such as maintaining the company’s brand standards or dealing with government regulations. It’s important to consider these potential obstacles before investing in a franchise to ensure you’re prepared to tackle these potential issues.
Are there any franchise-specific benefits associated with owning a restaurant franchise?
Owning a restaurant franchise provides you with the opportunity to benefit from the brand’s established reputation and marketing initiatives. Franchisors have generally already figured out the best-selling items on their menus as well as how best to market their business. This makes owning a franchise attractive, as it can take a lot of guesswork out of setting up your own business.
Additionally, many franchisors offer valuable assistance to their franchisees such as discounts on supplies, training, and help from corporate staff members to ensure success.