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Buying into a franchise is a suitable alternative to setting up your own business from scratch, especially if you have a limited amount of finance or don’t have sufficient business experience. A franchisor will typically offer support and training, plus a tried and tested business model to follow. Although buying a franchise provides brand recognition and the benefit of the business success, it is crucial to carry out some research before making a decision.

Prior to buying into a franchise, determine how much money you can afford to invest, realistically. Once you have a clear idea of funding, you will want to know exactly how much capital you will be expected to invest in the franchise. If you think you may need additional finance, this is the time to consider your options. Although buying into a franchise will be easier than starting your own business from scratch, it may take time to generate a decent turnover, so having savings or other income to live on initially may be advisable.

The type of franchise you are interested in may determine whether certain skills are required. For instance, you may need book keeping or computer skills or technical experience. If you have never managed a business before, you may need the expertise of a professional until you are confident. Having the necessary skills could determine the success of the franchise. A franchisor may not consider you for a franchise if you aren’t proficient, especially if the franchise has a successful brand to maintain. There are many other considerations before purchasing a franchise, like deciding how many hours you are willing to invest or whether you will manage the franchise yourself or hire a manager.
It is usual for a franchise contract to make specified stipulations, like the choice of suppliers, products or recruitment policy. Although some of the restrictions may seem to contradict the idea of working for yourself, the franchisor will want to uphold the brand name by following the proven business model.

There are a number of benefits to buying a franchise, especially if you are new to running a business. The proven business model and training and support provided will reduce the likelihood of expensive mistakes being made, making it easier to become successful. You may find it’s easier to obtain finance from banks, as franchising is viewed as a sound investment. Obtaining professional advice before buying into a franchise is essential, but there are many benefits to be found.

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