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Short Summary: For aspiring business owners, buying a franchise is a great idea. Keep in mind these factors when you are considering which franchise to purchase.
A franchise can be a great way to start your own business, especially for first-time business owners. The right franchise can allow you to be your own boss while benefiting from an established brand with a proven track record of success.
Unless you have a truly unique or revolutionary business concept, competition from established businesses can put an end to your business ownership dreams. A franchise in an industry you are passionate or excited about, however, gives you a head start in terms of competing with big nationally-known companies.
Most franchises provide owners with a developed business plan that includes marketing strategy, management techniques and training information. First-time business owners who do not buy into a franchise will need to develop all of these tools on their own. Franchise ownership can take a lot of the guesswork out of opening your own business.
While you consider which franchise business you should buy into, there are a few specific factors to keep in mind. Not everyone is suited to every franchise, and knowing which is right for you can often be complicated, as this is a business decision that is affected by both financial and personal influences.
Whether you buy a high-cost hotel franchise or a less expensive one like a house cleaning service, you need to be excited about and motivated by the industry in which you will be doing business. Without pride and some amount of passion, the viability of a franchise will suffer. You should also have some level of skill or experience with the trade or business you are getting into. For example, if you’ve never enjoyed or been good with gardening and being outdoors, a landscaping franchise may not be right for you.
The next thing to consider while picking a franchise to buy is how much you can afford to spend. Research available franchises in your chosen industry to discover the range of prices you can expect. You should never tie all of your money and assets into a franchise. Instead, choose a franchise you can afford to pay for through extensive savings and possible business loans.
Different franchises require differing levels of day to day involvement from the franchisee. As the business’ owner, you may need to be hands-on every day or once a month, depending on the business. If you don’t want to be involved on a daily operational level with the business you own, do not buy a franchise that would require that level of involvement.
Long-term plans should also be kept in mind while you consider buying a franchise. There are two general strategies with which you can approach a franchise. The first is taking on the business for the long haul, and the other is a temporary ownership until the business grows in value and can be sold for a profit. Know which of these paths you want to take so that you can be sure the franchise agreement you sign fits long-term plans.
The purchase of a franchise is often a great way for first-time owners to start their own business. Be sure to take on a franchise you can both be proud of and afford.
Keith loves many topics ranging from business strategy to self-improvement. He works at Charter Franchise Group Inc in Houston Texas.