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Franchising: Who, What, When and Why?

Thinking of transitioning away from a corporate career to owning your own business? Franchising can be a great option for those seeking professional independence and financial freedom. It all starts with having the right knowledge and understanding about the franchising process.

The International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) is a membership-based franchise consulting network composed of a vast network of experienced franchisors, franchise consultants, and vendor members. We are dedicated to helping aspiring business owners advance their journey in investing in franchise businesses by providing an unrivalled level of assistance.

For those new to the franchising arena, it can be overwhelming to discern which information is accurate. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to franchising to help you get a clear picture of the bigger picture.

Who Can Become a Franchisee?

Anyone with a passion for building their own business can become a franchisee. Ambitious and determined individuals who are willing to put in the required effort can make an outstanding franchisee. The franchisor is seeking an ideal candidate to join their brand. Franchisees should be well equipped with strong management skills, the drive to succeed, and adequate financial resources.

However, due diligence is necessary for any prospective applicant when seeking out franchises of interest. Ensure that the prospected franchise meets your criteria and that it aligns with your personal strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, having an understanding of the commercial opportunities and inherent risks involved is necessary.

What Types of Franchises Are Available?

The franchise options available are incredibly vast and the possibilities exist across a variety of industries.

However, for those who are new to the field, it is essential to understand the basic franchise types that exist. Broadly speaking, two main types of franchises can be identified – product/trade name franchises or business format franchises.

Product/trade name franchise growth is often driven by the franchisor’s ability to protect products or services under trademarks or copyright. Business format franchising is a broad category that includes restaurants, hotels, banks, convenience stores, and other service outlets.

When is the Right Time to Invest?

Similar to any other large investment decision, it is essential to understand what you are committing to long-term and to ensure that it will have a successful return. When investing the right time in a franchise, you will need to familiarize yourself with all requirements from the franchisor and to complete a thorough assessment of the risks involved.

It is essential to research franchise opportunities thoroughly, while also understanding the long-term viability of the business concept. Additionally, the appropriate timing of a franchise investment should also include a comprehensive in-depth financial analysis and a consideration of associated legal and accounting requirements.

Why Should I Invest in a Franchise?

Franchise investments offer an unparalleled opportunity to become a business owner quickly, without needing to start from scratch. Franchisors provide great advantages, which also include the lowest business failure rate.

The advantages of franchising typically include an established brand and business model, instant access to a large supplier chain, existing customer loyalty and recognition, plus training and ongoing support. An established brand presence often ensures that franchises need minimal advertising as start-up costs are comparatively lower than independent business investments.

Additionally, franchisees receive the benefit of a brand’s support system, which includes training, marketing materials, operational manuals, technology, and advice. Well established franchisors are committed to creating a successful business for their franchisees, from providing services and solutions that make them successful.




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