How to Start a Franchise Journey
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin
You must have read or heard this phrase in your life, but if you haven’t paid attention to it then you should. If you want to achieve some goals in your life then you should start preparing a game plan for it. No matter how long it takes to achieve it, you would eventually one day if you have planned out the journey.
This phrase best fits in the business world, because if you are not taking the journey seriously then you might end up in debts rather then making it a success. If you have been thinking about purchasing a franchise of a famous brand just because you wouldn’t have to face the development stage of the business and would not suffer from the lows of the journey then you are mistaken.
You will have to draft out an effective plan that will act as a guideline throughout your journey. If you are not sure how to plan out your franchising journey then here are some pointers that will help you in drafting an effective prospectus.
Evaluate Your Decision Of Starting A Franchise
The foremost step you need to take in planning the journey is that you evaluate your decisions keeping in minds all the important elements such as personal, social, organizational and environmental factors.
Conduct Thorough Research
There are plenty of options in the franchising industry, you need to research to find the right franchise, where you can utilize your potential to the fullest. Spend days on researching about the industry you are interested in, you might end up finding low-cost franchises that best fit your interest and budget.
Meeting The Franchisor
Once you have decided the franchise you are willing to acquire, you will be meeting the concerned personnel and franchisor to discuss the procedure and possibilities. You can question the franchisor about everything concerning the franchising business and how you can acquire his franchise. This meeting will give you an overview of what business would be like.
Filing important documentation
If you deem fit the requirements of the franchisor then you will be completing the Franchise Application or Request For Consideration. After this, they will be sending you a copy of the Franchise Disclosure Document that stats all the important information needed.
Funding The Franchise
If you need funding for your franchise then you will have to draft a business plan. This plan will serve as a medium of what you are planning to do. The report will include the executive summary of the plan, customer and competitor analysis, industry analysis, description of the company, description of offerings, marketing mix, development plan, possible risk factors, and the feasibility plan. Make it the most attractive business plan to convince banks to fund your franchise.
Consult A Franchisee Attorney
Don’t finalize the agreement without the consultation of legal advisor, make sure you are involving the concerned personnel to guide you with the legalities. Thoroughly read the agreement before signing and negotiate with the franchisor on clauses that you don’t agree on.
There are a lot more aspects that you need to pay attention to. Just remember that you need to be a good anticipator of the potential opportunities and threats in the market and plan according on your journey of franchising.
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