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Choosing the Best Franchises for Career Changers

With the current changing business landscape, one of the best paths to start a new and successful career can be investing in a franchise business. Many people are looking to invest their capital and effort into a solid and reliable franchise, to provide a foundation for their career change. Choosing the right franchise is no easy task, especially as a career changer. At the International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG), our mission is to provide our members with thorough guidance for identifying and investing in the right franchises. Here, we’ll answer some of the most common questions potential franchisees have when selecting their ideal franchise.

What are the Steps for Selecting A Franchise?

Finding the right franchise for you is a process that requires several steps. The first step should always be assessing yourself and determining if franchising is the right choice for you. This means taking an honest look at your financial situation, your experience and skills, as well as your long-term financial goals. Once you’ve decided you are ready to make the leap into franchising, you need to decide what type of business you would like to invest in and determine what franchise best fits your goals. You need to calculate the initial cost of the franchise as well as the continuing costs, such as royalties or advertising fees. All of these costs should be weighed against the potential profits you can make with the franchise. After you have made a list of potential franchises, you should conduct due diligence and research on each one to check for any hidden costs or potential problems that could arise during the course of business. Finally, you need to find the right franchisor that provides the assistance and ongoing support you need to make your business a success.

What Benefits Do Franchises Provide?

Franchises can offer many benefits to both new and experienced business owners. One of the most attractive benefits for career changers is the low risk opportunity it offers. Franchises typically have an established reputation and proven success record that makes them an attractive option for those looking to transition into a new career field. Investing in a franchise also provides a great deal of operating flexibility. Franchises typically operate in a well-defined business model meaning that you can easily customize to fit your personal goals and preferences. Many franchise owners can also easily enter new markets with existing customer bases and without much competition. Lastly, franchises typically receive ongoing management support from the franchisor, providing peace of mind that your business is on the right track.

What Are the Different Types of Franchises?

There are a wide variety of franchise types to choose from, with some offering greater potential for growth and profit than others. The most common types of franchises are the food and retail franchise, which are the most popular and in-demand entries for many new franchisees. There are also service franchises, which offer a variety of non-tangible products such as home repairs, tax preparation, or pet services. Other options include home-based franchises or mobile franchises that can be operated out of your home or on the go. Lastly, businesses offering a product or a service in a niche market may have the highest potential for success.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Investing in a Franchise?

The first advantage of investing in a franchise is the low-risk opportunity it provides. Franchisees can also benefit from the existing brand name recognition of the franchisor, which helps to attract customers and cut down on the marketing costs associated with starting a business. Franchises also usually provide ongoing support and guidance from the franchisor, who can help franchise owners with core business concepts and operations.

On the other hand, investing in a franchise can be a significant financial commitment. Starting a franchise requires securing a large sum of money for the initial investment as well as ongoing fees and royalties. Additionally, franchisees are often required to comply with rules and regulations set forth by the franchisor, which can limit their flexibility and creative freedom in running the business.

What Do I Need to Know Before Investing in a Franchise?

Before making an investment in a franchise, it is important to take the time to conduct thorough due diligence and research, such as verifying the franchise’s success record, verifying the validity of the franchise’s financial statements and investigating any potential red flags. It is also important to make sure the franchisor provides ongoing support and answers all of your questions. Lastly, make sure to consult with a reputable franchise consultant to ensure you are making the right decision for your future.

No matter how many questions you have, at the International Franchise Professionals Group, we are here to provide you with the answers and guidance you need to make the right decision in regards to your career change. Investing in a franchise can be a low-risk way to begin a successful new career, with all the potential benefits it provides.



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