You have decided that you are an entrepreneur, but you are not quite ready to venture out without a safety net. Becoming a franchisee is a great stepping stone for someone who wants to test their business acumen but does not have a world-changing idea, yet. As a franchisee, you will be representing an existing brand, so there will be some red tape to go through. A franchise business attorney can help you get through this process, and then, serve as your counsel as your grow the business.
Here are three things to consider before buying a franchise.
When you purchase a franchise, you are purchasing an existing business structure. The existing business structure consists of a brand, fixtures and support system. Everything you will be given, therefore, requires an up-front payment in addition to the money you will have to have handy for other operating costs. Franchises understand that not everyone has the complete down payment available, so they offer financing options. Usually, financing through the franchise is completed through a partner financial institution. You are also free to procure the financing through an institution that already holds some of your assets.
There are a myriad of franchises searching for new franchisees, right now. From postal services to restaurants, you can literally allow your passion to lead you. You do want to do some industry research before you leap, however. Some industries experience lulls, but they can bounce back. Other industries will cease to exist because they are not able to keep up with the changing landscape that will render them irrelevant. If your passion leads you toward the hospitality, exercise or software industry, that is wonderful. When wading into those waters, check that there will be room for growth, profit and satisfaction.
Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or a first-time business owner, knowing the amount of support you will receive as franchisee from the franchise is important. Since you are operating under an existing brand, instead of building your own, you will be following a set of existing rules. When you are unsure how to proceed in certain situations or require additional training in new processes, the amount of support you can expect matters.
Buying a franchise is an exciting endeavor. The financing, growth and support you should anticipate from the franchise can simplify the process.