Franchises are a great way to get into business. But, these models aren’t for everyone. There certainly are pros and cons to the systems, regardless of industry. However, it’s an effective way to start a company and it’s a quite popular method. For instance, there are approximately 400,000 franchises in the United States alone, according to the International Franchise Association. These employee nearly 10 million people and range across 75 different industries. But, is it for you?
Most Common Franchise Downsides
Okay, let’s begin with downsides of owning a franchise. Perhaps the largest can easily be capital expenditure or start-up costs. Some are quite large but others are relatively inexpensive. Along the same lines are the fees. You’ll pay for marketing materials, royalty payments, and more. Speaking of costs, you might be subject to sole vendor sourcing. Meaning you must purchase certain materials and supplies from approved vendors.
If buying an existing business doesn’t sound right for you but starting from scratch sounds a bit intimidating, you could be suited for franchise ownership. New franchisees can avoid a lot of the mistakes startup entrepreneurs typically make because the franchisor has already perfected daily operations through trial and error. —Entrepreneur.com
You must also comply with the proprietary standards, set by the franchisor. Now, you might have some flexibility with said standards, but it’s usually limited. Additionally, you could also be locked into a contract. Then, there’s the ongoing success of the franchisor. In other words, the “parent company” must continue its track record. And then, there’s always risk involved with any endeavor.
Biggest Franchise Advantages
Of course, franchises have plenty of upsides. If they didn’t, there’s no way these models would routinely demonstrate such high levels of success. People simply wouldn’t waste any time (or money) and the entire notion would eventually disappear. But, franchises do largely succeed. So, here are the biggest franchise advantages:
- It’s an already established brand. Here’s what attracts so many entrepreneurs to buying franchises — it’s a known quantity. Consumers are already familiar with the brand and its products and/or services. Which means you don’t have the burden of establishing it from scratch.
- Marketing and operation support. Another big benefit is that you’re not out on your own. You receive marketing and operational support from the franchisor, which is a huge plus.
- Proven system of employee training. Along the same line is there’s already a working system in-place for employee training. You don’t need to work your way through trial and error to refine a workable training system.
- Access to proprietary operating methods. Speaking of an in-place system, you also don’t have to try to peel back the veil to learn how the system works. You’ll get all the information you need to open and run the business with actionable guidelines.
What other franchise pros and cons would you add to the list? What are your thoughts about buying a franchise? Please comment and share your ideas!
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