BUYING A FRANCHISE

Buying a franchise can be very exciting.  It could be a great way to have your business and financial dreams come true.

When you buy a franchise, usually there is ongoing support to help increase the likelihood of your success.   If you are buying into a franchise that has a recognizable name, success may be easier; however, it could be a lot more expensive.

There will be a lot of costs involved.

Buying a franchise, like any other business, can be expensive.   The costs can vary tremendously depending on the type of business.

There could be attorney fees, leasing fees, advertising costs, royalties, wages for employees, insurance, franchisor fees, accounting, supplies, inventory, taxes, etc.

You will want to get an attorney to review the franchise paperwork involved.  They can also assist you with setting up an LLC, a corporation, etc.  However, check around to see if some of these matters can be done less expensively either by yourself or a paralegal.

Do your research.

Before you commit, do your research.  Research the company extensively.  Check with the Better Business Bureau.  Check online reviews.  Learn as much as you can about the business, the day-to-day activities, the industry, costs involved, average ramp-up time, potential earnings, customers, etc.  Read entrepreneurial and business magazines.

There will be rough periods.

Make certain you have money set aside to get you through the period of low profits or no profits.

Patience is crucial.

The business will not be successful overnight.  Many businesses can take years to become profitable.

Are you good at managing?

As a franchise owner, you will have staffing issues, performance issues, day-to-day business issues and so many other things to deal with.

Before you buy a franchise, ask yourself if a franchise is right for you.  You will not be able to make every staff member happy.  And you will not have a 9 to 5 type of job.  You will be working many long hours with hardly any time off.

So be honest with yourself.  Before you buy a franchise, give it a lot of thought.  It is not for everyone.

Getting started.

You can find franchises to buy by doing an online search on “franchise opportunities”.  Again, research before you commit.

 

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