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Ink Cartridge Franchises The Good The Bad And The Ugly

Jan 22, 2008
Since most ink cartridge franchises cost over $100,000 it makes sense to completely check out the pros and cons.

In a retail franchise, the franchisee finances the commercial property, equipment and staff required to run the outlet. Owners of retail franchises tend to operate them themselves, and hire staff only where necessary.

A servicing franchising is also very common. Then you have what is called the executive franchise, who could be a financial advisor purchasing a franchise in well-known financial company, and offering the companies products. Apart from hotels, this type of investment franchising occurs in well-known national restaurant chains and some of the larger retail outlets.

You have to dedicate money, time and effort into your franchise, but you should be secure in the knowledge that many franchises work and provide the franchisee with a good living and a growing business.

If you have looked at franchise opportunities and did some research, then you will have seen the term franchise fee. A franchise fee is what the franchisor charges for use of brand name. The franchise fee is determined by how much the franchisor believes the business system is worth. Sometimes a franchise fee includes training and ongoing support. Finally, party or franchise fee goes into the advertising and marketing budget of the franchise system itself. Compare it to other competing franchises.

The franchise fees are relative to the context. Depending upon other parameters in the franchise agreement, franchise fees will vary. By knowing how to analyze a franchise agreement, you automatically know whether the franchise fee is reasonable or not.

The franchise agreement is probably the most important document in the process of becoming a franchise business owner. A franchise agreement is the legally binding component of any business relationship between a franchisee and a franchisor. The agreement lays out the strategy and plans for operating the business and ensures the franchise will operate identically to other franchises. Although there is no standard format for a franchise agreement, most franchise agreements typically cover two main aspects.

This document details the franchise package including the prices and fees, and the services to be provided by the franchisor. The second part of the contract is typically the franchise or license agreement. It entails the rights granted to the franchisee, the obligations that franchisor will undertake, the obligations and trade restrictions that will be imposed on the franchisee, and termination provisions.

Franchisees should be wary of franchises that offer master franchising. While this speeds growth it also increases the likelihood of failure.

I would agree with all of the points raised and would like to just clarify that they suggest that in depth field support is bad - not in depth sales and marketing support.

Having spent a huge amount of time recently looking into Franchises, one question that always intrigues me is who records franchise failure rates? One of the common myths about franchises is that they are a 'proven business model' and therefore have statistically higher success rates.

Most franchise businesses operate under a separate legal entity i.e. corporation, sole trader and trade as the franchise. This just gets recorded, if at all, as a standard business failure.

Unsuccessful franchises are generally financially tied into the contract for the term of the agreement i.e. 5 years. If they wish to leave prior to that then they can be liable for the full fees they would have paid over the franchise terms.

Many franchisees are happy to sign non-disclosure agreements with the Franchise to just be released from their ongoing commitments and walk away. What I really want to know is what statistical evidence is there to prove that franchises have a higher success rate? In an industry that is strongly focused on threatening lawsuits for saying anything negative about a franchise who would ever get to know the truth?
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