?Before you buy a business franchise, you should make sure you're ready. From
choosing the franchise that's right for you, to making sure you're right for the
franchise, this article takes you through the steps you'll need to cover in order to get
your franchising dreams off the ground.
Finding the Right Business Franchise for You
There's literally hundreds of sectors and thousands of franchises to choose between.
That's why you have to find franchising opportunities that suit your lifestyle, skill-set
and aspirations. The internet is a great place to start. There's online franchise
directories that'll guide you through the different franchise opportunities that are out
there, and they'll even put you in touch with relevant department within the company.
However, if you don't like getting sales calls, you shouldn't contact the company to
get information from them until you've done some level of research.
Understanding the Legal Stuff
In franchising, it's all comes down to your relationship with the franchisor. Which is
why, you have to understand the relationship that they are proposing. Read through
their legal documentation in detail, and make sure your lawyer does as well. When
selecting a lawyer, consider working with one that has experience in dealing with
franchise agreements. A lawyer with franchising experience will understand the
business to a greater degree, and the kind of standard terms you can expect.
As is naturally the case, many of your conversations will be over the phone and in
person. This is great for really getting to know the company, but can cause some
problems later on if some of the representations that the franchisor has made to you
turn out to be false.
That's why you should make notes of any points that have been made orally and
discuss with your lawyer whether or not these form part of your contract with the
franchisor. You should tidy up your notes, and send them to the franchising sales
person and ask them to clarify everything you believe is accurate - you should ask
them to respond in writing. For telephone conversations, you could consider asking
the franchisor if it is okay to record the conversation. However, this could also
damage your relationship with the company. They are unlikely to say no, but they are
also unlikely to think of you highly when you show signs you don't trust them. The
letter can work just as well, if you cover all important points, and will make you
appear professional too.
Speaking To Other Franchise Owners
Speak to franchise owners and find out what they think about the business. It's easy
for the business to cherry pick the franchisees that'll offer the best recommendations,
but you could consider contacting owners yourself. That way you will get a random
sample. Find out what the company is like to deal with after you have entered into a
You should ask the franchisor if the percentage of franchising arrangements that fail,
and the reason why they fail. Or else, how do you know what mistakes to avoid in
CityLocal offers a franchising opportunity for their UK business directory.
www.citylocal.co.uk & www.citylocal.ie