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What You Need to Know about Franchises

Operating a franchise offers a number of advantages for those seeking time freedom and flexibility. But understanding the franchise process from start to finish can seem overwhelming. International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) is a membership-based franchise consulting network with more than 1,300 franchisors, franchise consultants and vendor members who can provide guidance and support to aspiring business owners looking to invest in franchise businesses. This article provides answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about franchises to give a more comprehensive understanding of what to expect.

What is a franchise?

A franchise is an agreement between the franchisee—the individual or company who will operate the business—and the franchisor—the company that grants the use of its business model and brand. The franchisee pays a fee to the franchisor in return for the right to use the company’s trademark, business model and operating systems. Typically, franchisors will provide varying levels of training and support to their franchisees in order to help ensure success.

What are the different types of franchises?

Franchises come in all shapes and sizes and franchising opportunities range from single-owner business models to multi-unit operations. The most common types of franchises are retail and food franchises. These are often referred to as ‘traditional’ franchises and involve a franchisee operating a store using a franchisor’s business model, brand and products. However, there are many other types of franchises, including service-based franchises such as health clubs or child care centers, home-based franchises, internet-based businesses, and business-to-business franchises.

What are the advantages of owning a franchise?

The primary advantage of franchising is that it is an established business model that reduces the amount of risk involved in starting a new business. Franchisees benefit from the franchisor’s resources, such as trademark protection, access to established business systems, a customer base, and ongoing support. The franchisor also provides training to the franchisees in order to help ensure success. Additionally, franchisees benefit from the existing brand recognition and reputation of the franchisor, which can help to attract customers.

What is the difference between a franchise and a business opportunity?

A franchise is an agreement between a franchisor and a franchisee—a business opportunity is a business system or package available to an individual or company. A business opportunity does not involve ongoing training and support, and is generally not as regulated as a franchise. Additionally, business opportunities do not involve a long-term relationship between the franchisor and franchisee.

What is the process for starting a franchise?

The process for starting a franchise begins with researching different franchise opportunities. This involves researching the investment costs, franchisor requirements, potential locations, and the expected return on investment. Once a franchisee identifies a franchise opportunity they are interested in, they work with the franchisor to become certified as a franchisee. The franchisor will often provide training and guidance on how to properly operate the business. After the certification process is complete, the franchisee can begin to set up their business. This includes selecting a location, hiring staff, and obtaining required permits and licenses.

What are the costs associated with owning a franchise?

The costs associated with owning a franchise vary depending on the franchise and location. Generally, franchisees must pay an initial franchise fee, as well as the cost of required training. Additionally, they may need to purchase inventory and equipment. Ongoing costs include royalty payments, marketing fees, and any other costs required by the franchisor.

What is the International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG)?

The International Franchise Professionals Group (IFPG) is a membership-based franchise consulting network with more than 1,300 franchisors, franchise consultants and vendor members. Together, our franchise broker group members guide aspiring business owners through the process of identifying and investing in franchise businesses. Our purpose-driven mission is based on integrity, ethics and collaboration. Whether you want to start a new career as a Franchise Consultant or grow your business as a Consultant, Franchisor, or Vendor Member, we will help you get there. Although our franchise broker group has grown to more than 1,300 members, we value and maintain a family-like feel and a collaborative culture. Our innovative programs and training have raised the bar in franchising and set us apart among the industry’s franchise broker firms.



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