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Finding a Franchise at a Franchise Expo

Aug 29, 2008
If you are thinking of starting your own franchise that is a great decision. However, you may also be wondering where to even start looking for that franchise. This is a common dilemma with most people who are thinking of becoming franchisees. Most people know the big name franchises but don't really understand just how many opportunities there are in franchising or anything about those big name franchises. So, you could just contact the ones that you know and ask that franchisor questions. Or you could attend a franchise expo and see a variety of franchises in one time. This can be a great way to find a franchise that meets your needs!

A franchise expo is a great way to learn about different franchises and speak to the different franchisors in person. Since they are all in one place it is easier to compare the different franchises available to you. However you must do a few things before you attend the franchise expo. You should research what types of franchises that you may be interested in or make a list on your own of something you would be interested in.

This is important because the franchisors at the expo essentially want to sell their franchise, so do not let them coax you into something you are not interested in doing. Also by knowing which ones or types you may potentially be interested in, you can maximize your time by forgoing the ones in which you are not interested in. Although, that is not to say that you will not see something there that sparks your interest that you may have not thought of before. Keep an open mind, but if you are not interested in the type of franchise move on.

In your head you should have an estimate of how much you can personally afford to spend on a franchise. Some franchises are more expensive than others and some require more money or expenses to keep them going. It is very important that you stay within your budget. If the franchise is out of your budget move on.

Also while shopping at an expo you should consider in your head if you have the background or skills required to run that franchise. Since all franchises are different you must find the right one for you.

If a franchisor is heavily pressuring you to buy their franchise, think twice before making that your choice. They may tell you that they have a limited time offer or only one territory left, don't fall into this trap. A good franchisor would want you to take your time deciding which franchise to buy since they would want their franchisees to be successful. Each franchisee is a direct reflection of the franchisor.

A good thing to do is take notes while you are at the franchise expo. You will be hearing so many different things from the different franchisors you will want to keep a clear record of each one. This can help you later even after you get home to decide which ones may be for you and which ones are definitely not for you.

If you think that you have found the perfect franchise for you at a franchise expo, it is imperative that you make sure that you have had the time to read and understand the contract carefully before you sign anything. Do not be rushed into this big decision, take your time!
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