With literally thousands of franchise opportunities available today, finding the right franchise isn’t an easy task. Here are a few tips to help you increase the chances for your business success.
Choosing the right business to franchise can be pretty overwhelming. Not every business is made for everyone. For you to find the right franchise business that will lead you to success, make sure you devote a lot of time and effort for research.
Before you engage into any franchise business opportunity, you have to start getting intimate with yourself. Here are a few questions that a franchise broker may ask you to help find the right franchising opportunity that will work for your type of personality.
- What do you want to achieve from a franchise business? Is this more of a hobby? Will this business become your primary income source?
- How much money are you willing to invest? Getting an inventory of your capital will give you a realistic view of which franchise opportunities are possible for your budget. And just like any business, don’t expect your franchise to be profitable right away. Make sure you have enough financial resources to live off while you are starting up.
- How much risk are you willing to take? Consider your personality before taking on a franchise business.
- What are some of the things that you are good at? Closely examine all your skill sets and the knowledge that you have acquired in your past work experience. Know the things that you are comfortable with.
Start narrowing down your options.
There are thousands of franchising opportunities available these days. Start crossing out a good portion of the list immediately as soon as you know what you want. Try to look at specific businesses and concepts at first. Grooming dogs and driving to different houses may appear fun to you but does it meet the criteria that you have developed about your skill sets, risk tolerance and goals? When you are beginning to narrow down your franchise options, make sure you logically consider each one before even eliminating them.
Do your homework.
Each franchisor has its own Franchise Disclosure Document or FDD that you need to study closely. An FDD is usually around 100 to 150 pages long. Here are some of the things that you need to look for in an FDD.
- Initial franchise payments
- Franchisor’s business background
- The franchisor’s history of litigation
- A financial performance representation
- Know the things that you are paying for
If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to ask your franchisor. It would be helpful to meet the franchisor to get a background of their management style. Aside from the FDD, you may also evaluate a franchisor’s business plan to deeply understand their business concept. You can also ask evaluations and reviews from other franchisees.