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Opening a franchise business is an alternative to starting your own business from scratch, with a proven business model, help and support plus a respected brand name. Although success isn’t guaranteed when you open a franchise, there are far fewer risks than starting a new company from scratch, especially if you don’t have extensive experience in business management.Off to a good start

There are a number of questions to be considered before opening a franchise, giving you a higher chance of success. A franchisor will usually provide training and mentoring for a suitable candidate for a franchise license, although you will have to satisfy certain criteria before a franchisor will permit you to trade using their brand.

Before looking at any franchise businesses, consider the relevant skills and knowledge that you possess, along with areas of interest. Consider whether the franchise you are considering will require any skills or experience which you don’t already have. The number of hours will be a factor, especially in the initial period of opening, as you will probably need to work long hours. The finance required is a large consideration. You may need to borrow finance or may need a partner to share the costs. Look at the amount of money you are willing to invest in the franchise, the amount you are looking to make from the franchise, and how much you will require to live on while establishing the franchise. You should bear in mind that you will be paying the franchisor a percentage of sales made, and a licence fee. It is advisable to seek professional advice before making a final decision.

The type of franchise that you are considering may not be suitable for a particular area. There may not be a high demand for the service or product you will be offering, or there could be a huge demand for a particular service or product which isn’t being met in a particular area. A franchisor will usually have particular areas in mind and will have carried out their own research. The franchisor will be eager for the franchise business to be successful, as it is their brand name at risk.

It is essential that you bear in mind that the franchisor will have conditions attached to the sale of the franchise which you will have to abide by, like the site of the franchise, the suppliers and advertising methods and flexibility of services and product sales.

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Kara Copple

An experienced business and finance writer, sometimes moonlighting as a fiction writer and blogger.

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