Top Franchising Opportunities: How to Start and What to Expect

With promising forecasts, and a stabilizing economy, no wonder many people still opt to buy a franchise when they want to invest in a business.

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  1. Attractive lending terms.

    Buying a franchise is not cheap, but this doesn’t mean you can’t start with lean pockets. Larger and more established franchisees often offer an in-house lending program. In other cases, a franchisor will recommend trusted lending firms they work with, therefore eliminating the trouble of obtaining a small business loan.

  2. Training.

    To uphold a standard of excellence many franchisors create their own training programs. These programs aim to teach you how to operate the business and deliver a consistent customer experience.

 

Get Started With Franchising

Once you’ve decided to get into franchising, here are five important things you have to consider:

 

  1. Decide on business type.

    Owning a franchise is going to eat up a lot of time and resources. It is wise to pick a niche that you are passionate about. Ask yourself what kind of product or service you want to sell, and then do your research on the brands that are up for franchising. Also, it’s important to clarify what you want from your business. Whether it’s going to be a side business or a full-time venture, determining the purpose will help you pick the right size of franchise and manage it.

  2. Consider proven brands.

    Setting up a business is a big risk. Buying a franchise from an established brand can help you minimize the risks. Furthermore, a trusted brand has better chances of attracting clients and their business processes are likely to be more efficient.

  3. Compare franchise costs.

    Franchising may not be easy on the pocket but you can still evaluate the franchising costs of your top choices. Apart from the initial capital and royalties you have to pay, look into how much a franchisee could earn on an annual basis. This will help you manage your expectations once you’ve opened the doors. Take note of how much money you need to have in your reserves, as well as expenses (e.g., equipment purchases, supplier costs, managerial and personnel training, etc.)

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