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Franchisees and exit strategies

North Carolina entrepreneurs may be interested in becoming franchise business owners. However, before they do so, it is important that they have a well-designed exit strategy for when they may eventually sell the business.

When considering a future exit strategy, it is important for prospective franchisees to know for how long they intend to own the business. Many owners intend to fund their retirement by selling their business. To avoid selling a franchise at a price less than what it is worth, it is advisable to remain with the business at least until after it reaches its peak value. Another factor for owners to consider is how involved they would like to be with the business after they sell it. Some franchise owners may want to make a complete break from the business, while others may prefer maintaining some equity in the enterprise.

Who the franchise will be sold to is a decision that franchise owner should consider well. Many people start a franchise with the intention of creating a family business that will someday be operated by their children. However, if the children are too young or not yet ready to take the helm, there should be alternate options in mind.

Inquiries can be made to franchisors regarding how long franchisees typically maintain ownership of the business and the most common reasons franchisees want to sell. There should be plenty of information available from franchisors whose brands are established.

Selling businesses of any type can be complicated, and there are often regulatory compliance issues that must be addressed. Entrepreneurs who are contemplating an exit strategy might want to run their plans by an experienced attorney well in advance of executing them.

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