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Franchise Business Basics

Aug 17, 2007
Buying a franchise business may seem to be a seductive offer that you cannot possibly ignore. On one level that may be true, but the thing about franchise business, no matter how lucratively attractive it seems, is that it is successful only on a case-to-case basis. A franchise business may boom for your neighbor but not exactly fare as well as for you. Despite the fact that a business opportunity such as this is something that stands out considerably in success rate as compared to other business opportunities you are given at this time, you need to evaluate certain things before you dash on your way to becoming a franchisee or franchisor.

Simply put, franchise exists when two parties, called the franchisee and the franchisor agree together legally. The franchisor allows the franchisee to distribute or sell the services, material or immaterial, up to a certain degree in a given location at a specific time period. During the duration of the franchise business, the franchisee owes the franchisor royalty fees for using the brand and generating income out of it.

Though unbeknownst to many people, a franchise business has some subtypes within itself, and if you are interested in engaging in a franchise business, you need to know the fine print of the franchise business you intend to engage in. To be an effective franchisee, you must be able to know your obligations and dues from the legal agreement you will be making with the franchisor, as well as possible penalties and changes in royalty rates.

After having taken care of the legalities, the next thing you ought to do as you engage in this franchise business is to scope out the demographics of the particular area from which you will hold your franchise business. What is its target market? Is it youth-oriented? On what times of the day are there more potential customers? Align all these considerations with your business goal and you are already on your way to brewing a commendable startup. Location is vital since it will have telltale signs of being a commercial hub or a remote area that few people visit frequently. If possible, find the franchise areas near main roads since that's where most of the action is.

While you're at it, you may also want to consider the density of the entire franchise business in the whole area of your choice. If there are more branches of that franchise business, you might be having some in-house competition. If you do find a prime spot that has no form of that particular franchise you intend to be a franchisee of, so much the better.

Like any other business endeavor, you may also need to count the cost it will take not just to pay royalties, but also including marketing strategies and other maintaining expenses. You must also be ready for possible problems that may arise. For instance, that particular business you chose to franchise in encountered a major problem. It will affect all its franchise counterparts.
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