The Many Benefits of Choosing to Franchise

More and more people are choosing to go the entrepreneurship route in the US, and franchises provide a stellar opportunity for business growth and financial success. Between the lure of being your own boss, to the relative structure involved in working with a larger franchised organization, buying a franchise can provide you with the financial freedom that you’ve been looking for without …

How to Protect Your Franchise’s Goodwill

When you hear the term goodwill, what do you think? There are a lot of things that make up your company’s goodwill, such as your corporate identity or image, the quality of your product, the relationships you maintain with suppliers and customers, as well as the conduct of your management and other employees. Basically, you should think of your goodwill as the …

Roadblocks to Negotiating Your Franchise Lease

A multitude of factors need thorough consideration before choosing to become a franchisee. Depending on what type of franchise opportunity you wish to pursue, one of those details may involve negotiating a lease agreement for your store. Because three parties have needs and risks, this can become quite a tangled process. What potential difficulties might you expect as you scout …

Do You Offer Franchisees a Starter Kit?

Do You Offer Franchisees a Starter Kit?

As a business owner, you studied, planned, borrowed (probably), worked hard and developed a successful, repeatable business model. Perhaps you already sell franchises or have arrived at the point where you know you should. With the entrepreneurial spirit deeply ingrained in the American culture, you’ll receive many requests for information about your franchising opportunities. How often do potential investors ask if you offer a “starter kit” or scaled …

Why You Need an Exit Strategy Before Buying a Franchise

Why You Need an Exit Strategy Before Buying a Franchise

When you start shopping around and comparing franchise opportunities, how you’re going to exit the business is probably the last thing on your mind. Unless you really want to spend the rest of your life running the same business, it’s useful to start considering how you might transition into something else after your business becomes successful enough to run without …

What is a Franchise Advisory Council?

What is a Franchise Advisory Council?

A Franchise Advisory Council (FAC) is a committee of franchisees who, together, provide the franchisor with input as well as insight on how to improve the system. Generally, a group of franchisees, which are those that operate a location under the franchise agreement, come together to create this type of panel. It provides outstanding advice and guidance to the franchising …

Pay Close Attention to Item 19 in the Franchise Disclosure Document

Pay Close Attention to Item 19 in the Franchise Disclosure Document

Every component of a franchise contract is important. However, there are some portions of the franchise disclosure document that seem to be more valuable to understand than others. For example, Item 19 of the franchise disclosure document is one of the most important, and most complex, sections. It is essential for anyone entering a franchise agreement to understand, though. So …