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Food Franchises - How To Choose The Right One

Dec 3, 2007
If you're looking to purchase a food franchise opportunity, then there are a few things you need to know. In this article I will discuss how to analyze food franchises to determine if they are worth the franchise fee you must pay in order to get them. Specifically we will talk about determining if they have a workable profit model, if the marketplace is saturated or not, and analyzing the food franchise agreement. After reading this article, you should have a good understanding of what a profitable food franchise looks like.

Food franchises are a dime a dozen. But finding one with a profitable business model, that's another story. The most important thing when choosing a food franchise is to determine whether or not it is a good investment. The most important thing to look at is the demographics of the food franchise compared to the location. Just because a food franchise has a working system, doesn't mean the system will work in your location. You must locate a food franchise that coincides with the proper demographics for your area.

Even then, it doesn't mean you will be profitable. Sometime food franchises that are wildly successful, quickly saturate the market. This means they eat up all the demand. If there is no demand for your franchise, and you will not make any profit. Besides saturation from other food franchises, you must also analyze your competition. Is there room for you to enter into the marketplace and gain a share of the market? You need to do the research to find out.

In regards to franchising in general, you should always be more apt to choose a franchise based on the statistics and not what your emotions are telling you. There are many times when a franchisee will get caught up in one industry solely because he or she likes that industry. For example, let's say a franchisee really had an interest in ice cream. This particular franchisee lives in New Jersey and decided they were going to open an Ice Cream franchise. According to market research, all the statistics for this particular franchisee were negative, but the franchisee decides to start the business anyways. What do you think will happen to this business? Chances are it will be out of business within the first two years.

Finally, everything hinges on the food franchise agreement. The franchise agreement will cover everything from what products and services you're allowed to sell, locations you're allowed to use, all the way down to the signage and franchise name rights you have. Franchise agreements need to protect your rights, and not just the franchise itself. Before entering into agreement to purchase a food franchise, consult a franchise lawyer first to look over the agreement to make sure you're getting a fair shake.

In conclusion, a food franchise can be successful if it is located in the proper area, if there is a demand in the marketplace for it, and if you enter into a reasonable franchise agreement. Follow this advice, and you'll purchase the right food franchise opportunity.
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Roger Morad is the expert columnist and article writer for www.ModernFranchises.com - He is an industry expert that reports daily on food franchises and franchise opportunities
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