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Things to consider before buying a franchise

| Nov 30, 2016 | Buying & Selling Businesses |

Many people in North Carolina who dream of owning their own business have considered purchasing a franchise. Becoming a franchisee allows a person without much business experience to adopt a proven business model and benefit from an established company’s brand identity. However, the familiar business name, marketing support and training that come with a new franchise do not necessarily guarantee success.

A person who is considering opening a franchise should understand that the same business model could be wildly successful in one location and fail to make money in another location. The skill-set of the franchisee can also affect the business’ chances of success. Before choosing a franchise to invest in, an entrepreneur should consider many different factors besides the nationwide success of the franchise brand.

Franchisees agree to follow a predetermined plan that usually can only be deviated from in very small ways. For example, Little Caesars Pizza franchisees cannot start offering sushi on their menu because they believe that it would appeal to customers in their area. In addition to product offerings, franchisees will have to follow rules about store appearance and employee uniforms. Some entrepreneurs do not like following the rigid system of owning a franchise business.

People who believe that they would feel comfortable in a franchise system may want to consider purchasing an existing franchise location rather than opening an entirely new store. By purchasing an existing store, a franchisee can have more information about the success of a franchise in a particular location. An attorney can often provide assistance to a client who is interested in purchasing a franchise by reviewing the relevant disclsure documents.

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