Here are some useful tips on how to select a franchise. When selecting a franchise, carefully consider a number of factors, such as the demand for the products or services, likely competition, the franchisor’s background, and the level of support you will receive because like any other investment, purchasing a franchise is a risk. You will do well to consider the following items before selecting a franchise:
Demand: Is there a demand for the franchisor’s products or services in your area? Is the demand seasonal? Is there likely to be a continuing demand for the products or services in the future? Does the product or service generate repeat business?
Competition: What is the level of competition? How many franchised and company-owned outlets does the franchisor have in your area? How many competing companies sell the same or similar products or services?
Ability to Operate the Business: Will you be able to operate your outlet even if the franchisor goes out of business? Will you need the franchisor’s ongoing training, advertising, or other assistance to succeed? Will you have access to the same suppliers?
Name Recognition: A primary reason for purchasing a franchise is the right to associate with the company’s name. The more widely recognized the name, the more likely it will draw customers who know its products or services:
Training and Support: Another reason for purchasing a franchise is to obtain support from the franchisor. What training and ongoing support does the franchisor provide?
Franchisor’s Experience: Many franchisors operate well-established companies with years of experience both in selling goods or services and in managing a franchise system. Carefully consider how long the franchisor has managed a franchise system.
Growth: A growing franchise system increases the franchisor’s name recognition and may enable you to attract customers. Make sure the franchisor has sufficient financial assets and staff to support the franchisees.
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