Frequently Asked Questions
Many people are initially interested in a franchise concept because of the low initial investment, it seems to match a personal interest or hobby or they think they can run the business from their weekend home.
People go on-line to access all sorts of FREE data about a business opportunity. They trust their on-line search, their instincts, life experiences and the franchise rep to help make a large life affecting decision.
Those reasons may seem like a good enough starting point. You also need to evaluate what the day-to-day life of the owner would be like, whether or not that business would suit you and meet your needs, what is the competition doing, what is the future of this industry. You need a decision making criteria.
Once we go through the decision making criteria, we tend to find a significant number of our clients end up purchasing a different concept than the one they initially thought about.
The franchise development team (salesperson) at any franchisor is focused on their concept, as they should be. If you choose a different company, they do not get paid.
As your franchise consultant, I am 100% unbiased. We will walk you our decision making criteria designed to help you make the best decision for you.
Your decision will be based on more objective due diligence process.
Like the internet, my guidance and advice is unlimited and FREE. The franchisors pay me, not you.
The consumer doesn’t pay for the services that a franchise broker offers. You will pay the published price for any franchise just as if you had gone directly to the franchisor. So it’s a true win-win-win – you get the support you need to improve your due diligence, decrease your risk, make the best decision for you, the franchisor gets a candidate that is better prepared for success, and I get to do what I love best – support people in achieving their dreams!
We start with a scientifically validated assessment that helps to identify the types of businesses that would be the best match for your values, competencies and work style.
Here are a few additional questions we’ll need to consider:
- Why do you want to own your own business?
- Have you owned your own business before now?
- How many hours and what time of day do you like to work?
- Is there a certain location you desire?
- What kind of capital do you have available to start your business?
- Are there partners involved?
- Do you want to have more than one business?
- When do you want to open your door for business?
- Are you planning to work full-time or part-time?
There are hundreds of franchise opportunities available, and sifting through them all can take months for a person without our knowledge of the industry. Many people get frustrated and give up. Using our service will help you avoid this stress because we create a personal profile for you and then research franchise opportunities that match your criteria. With just a few opportunities to evaluate, you save a lot of time and effort.
It’s not easy to be a part of our inventory. Each company has been thoroughly reviewed from every angle. We have high standards for every aspect of the business. By doing our homework, we are confident that we can offer you the very best opportunities that are just right for you.
Owning your own business puts you in control of your own future. But it’s also difficult to do by yourself. When you buy a franchise, the franchiser offers support, experience, and knowledge to all aspects of the business. They have been there so they know what challenges will arise and the best way to overcome them.
Franchisors provide you all the tools to be successful. They will train you prior to your opening. They give you advertising and marketing support that builds your business. Most importantly, they reduce your risk because the system has already been proven to work. Their training and support insure that you will be able to handle whatever comes up along the way.
With some franchise models, that proven system can help you develop an organization that can be run by a professional manager, leaving you more time to develop additional units or pursue other business or personal goals. And if selling your business is part of your long-term strategy to build wealth, that brand name and added support can be a tremendous value-add for your potential buyer.
Funding your purchase of a franchise is nearly always a major consideration for business owners. Too often, businesses simply don’t have enough capital to help them start-up a new business. We feel it is critical to discuss financing issues early so any problems can be addressed during investigation and research steps of the process.
See your Funding Your Franchise page for more information about funding options and links to some of the funding experts we recommend.
Another possible resource for financing options is the franchisor. They have solved this problem in the past for themselves and for other franchisees. The will have a good idea of what works for their type of business and will likely have options that make the most sense.
It varies. If you are motivated (and not distracted!), you can complete the franchise consultation process in a few days fairly simply. Most clients can find a great opportunity in anywhere from 1 to 3 months. Once you have purchased your opportunity, it can range from as little as 2 weeks up to 6 months to get the business going.
Absolutely not. In fact, most franchisors prefer that you have no experience in the industry prior to owning the franchise. Franchisors want people that can use their transferable business skills to motivate employees, close sales, and manage efficient operations. They do not want their owners doing the labor, but running the business. Typically in this equation, the franchisee is the manager not the labor.
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