Are You Ready For A Business Franchise?

By: David Faulkner

You're ready to quit your day job, and venture into the uncharted territory or working for yourself. But you are still at the point of having to choose to branch out on your own, with unique business of you own making, or to invest your hard-earned dollars in an established business franchise, which may offer a security missing from your as-yet-unknown business.

Or maybe you don't have a clue about what business you would start on your own, but know that you don't want to work one more minute for somebody else. If that be the case, buying into a business franchise can be the fastest way to get your own operation up and running. It will also save you a lot of the marketing you'd need to do to get your own business and products recognized.

Buying a franchise gives you the right to promote an already successful, widely recognized product or service, and you will have access to the company higher-ups when you need pointers.

It's Not A Walk In The Park

While franchises of established companies have extremely low instances of failure when compared to new independent businesses, they still demand plenty of hard work. Even among franchises there are the big dogs and the Chihuahuas, and there are those who find after getting a taste of the running their own business franchise that it is just not they had imagined.

Although business franchises come with some built-in safeguards against failure, such as a proven product or service, advertising courtesy of the franchise chain, and brand recognition, the manner in which you manage your business franchise will be the biggest deciding factor in its success.

Think Before You Buy

Even if you win "New Franchisee of the Year Award" after your first anniversary, you will still be at risk if the other franchisees in your area do not live up to your business franchise company's standards. The negative effect of a single defective product or case of poor customer service from one of your fellow franchisees will not necessarily be confined to their business. Bad news travels fast, and especially if there are several other franchisees in your area, you may all be tarred with the same brush. For more info see on Franchise Broker.

Some other caveats about purchasing a business franchise are that you will need to account for the royalties you be paying to the franchisor before figuring you products, and you will have to run the business according to the wishes of the franchisor, even thought their policies may not be the best for your customer base.

Also, you will not be able to sell your franchise except to someone acceptable to the franchisor.

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