From the date the Franchise Agreement is signed, and the franchise fee is submitted, the franchise launch timeline should be within 45 – 90 days.

The most significant hurdle for a quick launch may lie in finding retail or office space, if that is your objective. Accordingly, the franchisor will help with the facility location process, lease negotiation, office renovations and delivery of requisite collateral.

Local marketing will begin prior to your actual hard launch.

This list summarizes everything you should do once the franchise license is awarded; the precise sequence may vary. Although these are the typical steps taken to open your franchise, we suggest you discuss these steps with your lawyer and accountant.

  • Sign franchise agreement
  • Receive manuals – 8 weeks to kick-off
  • Search for office / location space, if necessary
  • File business incorporation papers
  • Open bank accounts
  • Confirm dates for technical training
  • Select site with back-up options
  • Begin lease negotiations
  • Retain an attorney
  • Attend training at corporate offices – usually 3 – 4 weeks prior to kick-off
  • Apply for business licenses and permits
  • Set up accountant services, systems, and payroll services
  • Apply for federal tax ID number
  • Apply for tax withholding forms with your accountant
  • Check for other provincial reporting requirements, such as income tax and disability
  • Begin search for sales agents, admin and support personnel – 5 weeks prior to kick-off
  • Order telephone system
  • Arrange for insurance policy as stipulated in the franchise agreement
  • Order signs as necessary, have sign company verify city ordinances
  • Begin search for purchase or lease of corporate vehicles, if necessary
  • Prepare for decals or skin on vehicles
  • Arrange for office equipment and supplies – 3 weeks prior to kick-off
  • Finalize staff hiring
  • Begin developing local advertising plan
  • Begin networking process
  • Prepare a list of 100 contacts to reach out to – 2 weeks prior to kick-off
  • Mail grand opening announcement cards to your 100 list
  • Hire staff as needed
  • Begin calling on potential customers
  • Order equipment, material, supplies through the franchisor technical support team
  • Verify order status of original equipment, materials, supplies
  • Train staff
  • Make sure the sign company is ready with the decals and skins
  • Order printed material and supplies
  • Review the Operations Manual and act on anything that is outstanding – 1 week prior to kick-off
  • Purchase office supplies
  • Set up inventory log
  • Prepare to move all the inventory, furnishings, and equipment to your office
  • Receive and store all office supplies, and stationary
  • Begin scheduling meetings with prospects
  • Set up your facility with admin staff, operations team and sales managers
  • Complete a final review of this list
  • Review procedures and systems and adjust as necessary – kick-off week
  • Enjoy a successful start of your new business

Opening a business is an exciting time. The franchisor operations team will pave the way to success with your franchise launch timeline. Franchising is the easier way to open a business