It’s really easy to get confused after looking at several different franchise opportunities.
It can be tough to remember things like:
- The amount of the franchise fee
- Total investment
- The number of up and running franchise businesses
- The number of franchisees
- Territory availability
- Past or current litigation
- Time to break-even
- Franchisee earnings
It’s a lot to remember. Especially if you’re investigating 3 or 4 franchise opportunities at once. They can start blending together. Unless you know what you’re doing. And if you’ve never looked at buying a franchise…
How can you know what you’re doing?
How can you possibly know how to research a franchise…considering you probably haven’t ever done it?
Did you know how to research your first new car purchase?
(Or did someone have to show you how to do it?)
How about your first house? Did you know how to buy a house?
Anything that’s considered a major purchase needs to be thoroughly researched before money changes hands these days. One has to get educated before they write a check and/or take out a small business loan.
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If you’re thinking of buying a franchise, how much do you really know about franchising?
For example, did you know that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires all franchise companies that are registered in the United States to have a document called the Franchise Disclosure Document? (FDD) And, that this document lists 23 specific items pertaining to the business?
The FTC just updated their “Consumer’s Guide To Franchising.” It’s worth the read. Here
How Can You Possibly Know How To Research A Franchise?
Most people don’t take the time to learn all they can about the wonderful business model of franchising.
The franchise model-if leveraged properly, can be so good! The possibilities are endless.
But, you need to know what you’re doing.
You need to learn all you can about franchising.
You need to:
- Learn the basics of the franchise model
- Find out if you’re a good candidate for franchise ownership
- Learn about the pros and cons of owning a franchise
- Find out about certain franchise “myths“
- Learn the money part of franchising
And, you need to learn about these things before you learn how to do proper franchise research.