If you’ve considered starting your own business, you’ve probably heard of franchising. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, franchising is where a business allows other individuals to set up in business under the same organizational banner, using the same trademarks to sell the same product. Franchising is usually regulated by locality, with maybe one franchise to a town, or region. A great example of a company that franchise is McDonalds, which, for a money consideration, allows anyone to set up a McDonalds Restaurant and sell Big Macs and Fries under the McDonalds name.
So why do companies franchise? For a company to franchise is for it to grow artificially, increasing the number of outlets from which it sells to the consumer. It’s a good idea for businesses, because they get to expand their organization cheaply and rapidly, even making money in the process. However, franchising can be problematic for companies, and many franchises (which are usually tried and tested businesses) end up going bust or destroying the brand because they become too big to handle. Additionally, it can sometimes be hard to keep an eye on all the franchises which can also cause problems.
So why should you consider a franchising opportunity? Well, it’s good for you in that you benefit from the already established brand name, and you know you’ll have customers who know what to expect from your service. However, almost all franchising opportunities do not give you the total freedom like running your own business, as you still have to meet the organization’s benchmark standards in quality, as well as their targets. Also, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny for the license to use their name – that’s the way every franchising opportunity works.
If you’re interested in buying a franchise, or you’ve seen a good franchising opportunity, the internet is always a good starting point. There you’ll find loads of businesses that are looking to attract franchisees, as well as details of the level of independence you can expect and the amount you’ll have to pay for the privilege. Another good bit of advice is to look around and do your research – you never know how much you could save yourself. And don’t just go for something because it’s your favourite store, of fast food place. Go for something you think is going to make you money, which is the main aim at the end of the day.
There are literally thousands of franchising opportunities nationwide, and it’s up to you to find the one best suited to your budget and business needs. Speak to the franchisors, go to conventions, and talk to your attorney before considering signing up to anything. This way you’ll avoid any problems, and make sure you’re getting the best deal you can. A franchising opportunity can be a very useful launch pad for many looking to start their own business, but be careful who you choose, and be wary of how much you’ll have to pay.