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A Franchise Business - To Buy Or Not To Buy
Aspiring franchisees often find themselves-they have plenty funds, do not want to work for somebody else, but have little business skills. What exactly is a franchise? The word is used to refer to a business that utilises the logo, name and operation systems providing that they come up with the required funds and are prepared to give the parent company a share of the profits. Just like any other business there are positives and negatives –the future depends on several factors. A franchise enables on to hit the ground running - it removes a great deal of the work in simply getting an idea from the head to the planning board to a functioning project. On the downside franchise fees are usually high - this is the burden of being spoon-fed an entire business - along with this comes the necessity to have sufficient funds laid aside. It could be argued that without sufficient funds the simple act of purchasing a franchise could well be deemed as a burden.
Arguing against that, a franchise has lower risks than a brand new product irrespective of how good the product is. While it is speculation as to whether or not a new business will succeed or fail, one can see the record of the parent company on which to base his/her views. On the other side, one that owns a franchise must abide by the rules of the parent company-this can have the effect of stifling creative or entrepreneurial thoughts, and as such may inhibit the exploration or challenge of your creativity. So what affects the success of a franchise? The type and success of a business-it is important not to franchise from any company but to have a look at the particular success the company is having; also important is to look at the longevity of the company and its product range. Some franchises require the franchisee to have special qualifications, skills or knowledge of a certain field.
Time and management skills are obviously needed ,thus if one is not willing to spend sufficient time managing the business then it is important to have reliable, dependable and trustworthy people to front the business-could you rely on someone to ensure that your business. There are many other factors that can and do affect the future of a franchise; however it is essential to make sure that the franchise is really what one wants. When one examines the possibility of a franchise it is important to take into account of essential factors such as availability of capital, the possibility of hurdles, how many hours are available to spend on the business, the back-up support available in the event of problems etc. If these factors are all in place and the fundamental examinations have been taken care of then it can most certainly be a good career option. Should one wish to evaluate the choice there are numerous sources available for advice and numerous articles around giving advice - I have found this to be particularly helpful and the information within excellent. While it is a natural reaction to think nothing but positive thoughts about an impending venture, it is prudent to dot the "i"and stroke the "t"s.
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