You’re an entrepreneur looking for a business opportunity but have calculated the risks and landed at the notion that developing your own start-up business from scratch will require a lot of hard work and take time you’re not sure you have to build up your brand. The options of buying into an existing business is looking like the best route. You’ve singled out the business that you believe in and want to give it a go but you only have an inkling of what business franchising is and what it entails.
What is Business Franchising?
Business franchising is a legal agreement between a business owner (you, the franchisee) and a parent business (the franchisor) to allow the franchisee to use the Trademark and trade name, along with any proprietary business models to represent itself as the franchisor to the general public. Commonly, the franchisee pays royalties to the franchisor for use of the trademark.
When you buy a franchise, it is important to remember: You don’t buy a franchise because you want to change the system. You buy into it because you believe in the system, as a tried-and-tested business model. Consistency is key in successful franchising. The reason chain restaurants such as (insert your favorite one here) is the global mogul business is its use of consistency. People don’t eat there because they like the food, they go because they know what to expect.
Simply buying a franchise does not guarantee success. The franchisor has established the brand, practices, operations manual, and mission & vision, but they are trusting the franchisor to do the legwork, implement the plan. Think of buying a franchise as being delivered a business package, wrapped perfectly with a matching bow. If business practices are changed or the franchisee relies on the success of the franchisor’s brand or label to “sell itself,” instead of investing the effort, the franchised business is doomed to fail.
Success Factors in Business Franchising
Your financial ability to make the investment to secure the franchise, open it for business, and provide working capital.
Deciding to buy a franchise is a long-term investment. The upfront costs can be daunting, but it does not compare to the revenue a successful franchisee has the potential to earn. The return on investment is high. You should be able to finance all the necessary components of a successful business. Franchisors lease their business to you, but they will not set it up or run it for you.
The care with which you select the franchise.
It is important to choose a franchise that you believe in, after all, you have to sell it! It helps to choose a franchise with a business model that is replicable, meaning it is not dependent on internal factors and can easily be duplicated. Buying a franchise of a reputable, well-known company will help. You should do careful research about the business practices and operational structure prior to making a decision.
Most importantly, your passion for the product and your determination to build the business into the best of its kind within your territory.
If you do not believe in what you have to sell, why should your customers? Your customers will buy into your passion. When you decide that success is the only option and you invest your efforts into making it so, the sky’s the limit.
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