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18 Questions for Potential Franchisees to Ask Themselves: Part 2

In the first part of this series you considered nine questions any potential franchisee should ask themselves about how to get started in a franchise business. Here are the remaining nine questions you should ask yourself as you start to explore different franchise opportunities.

10. Do I want a new or established system? While an established system may have more support and you may feel more secure about your financial success, a new system may allow more creativity and independence.

11. Do I want a large or small franchise system? About 60% of all franchise companies have fewer than 50 locations, so you'll have a bigger choice if you opt for the newer, smaller systems.

12. Do I want a system with slow and steady growth or one experiencing rapid growth? This changes franchise to franchise, and will often depend on how many hours you would like to put in over the first couple of years.

13. What kind of attitude do I want from the franchisor? Paternalistic? Dictatorial? Collegial? Laid back?

14. How important is name recognition? On a regional or national basis? Maybe in your specific location, you feel a well-known brand name would be a huge draw, or the complete opposite.

15. Will I be happy with one or two franchised units or do I want to own multiple units or develop an entire area?

16. How much can I realistically invest in a franchise (money that does not have to be borrowed or raised elsewhere)?

17. How much should the total investment be? Is it worth it to put more up front and get more in return, or to start small and gradually work your way up?

18. Do I need to find a franchisor that offers a low-interest financing program or has an established third party financing relationship?

5 Profitable Franchises for 2015

The point is that he was so blinded by his desire to open one particular franchise, that he had no idea about anything other than the brand name.

5 Principles Businesses Can Learn From Moneyball

Moneyball is a film about baseball, but on a deeper level, it’s about how to succeed in life through a series of broader principles, which can be applied to many areas, including business. Here are five such principles that business owners can utilize.

Why Doesn't White Castle Franchise?

The answer is actually pretty simple and proves that rabid customer loyalty and a consistent menu, while not sufficient for world-beating growth, can still take a brand a long way.