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Franchise Opportunities – Where do I start?

Find your way through the many franchise opportunities available.

Choosing a franchise can be a positive experience or a shot in the dark investment. Like most decisions, a systematic process for exploring and evaluating your options makes it much more likely that you'll be happy with the outcome. This guide will make your research faster, easier and more productive.

Business Franchise Opportunities - Self Assessment

Before looking at the vast amount of franchise information on the web, take a look inward.

  1. Available Capital – Will you be financing your franchise on your own, or considering loans? Franchises often require new franchisees to have far more capital than they'll typically use, because insufficient capital is the number one reason for franchise failure. Here are a few popular financing options you might consider:
    • Franchisor Loans: Some brands offer to finance their franchisees.
    • SBA Loans: The Small Business Administration offers loans to qualifying applicants.
    • Commercial Bank Loans: Available at your local bank branch.
  2. Time Commitment – Many franchises require an owner to be present for a majority of business hours. How many hours are you able to commit?
  3. Goals – Why are you starting a franchise in the first place? Most people go into the process with something specific in mind, and recognizing that is critical to fulfilling it.

Top Franchise Opportunities - Industry Assessment

Analyze the industries you're interested in to make sure you're picking one with good opportunities.

  1. Historical Trends – Has the industry been growing in recent years? Are franchises in the industry successfully adapting to changing customer demands?
  2. Short-Term Projected Growth – The first few years are going to be a struggle for survival as you build a customer base and awareness for your franchise. You don't want to be competing for a shrinking market during this period.
  3. Long-Term Projected Demand – Will your services still be in demand in 15 years or however long you plan to work?

To save you time, we offer free Industry Reports on everything from auto service to pizza chains, which many people find useful for making the right decision. Check them out on main menu bar above.

Best Franchise Opportunities - Franchise Assessment

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Don't limit yourself to franchises you're familiar with. A franchise offers a lot more than brand awareness – proprietary tools, training, marketing, and methods should be a major part of your selection process.
  2. Don't write off a brand just because its franchise fee or capital requirement is above the industry norm. The franchise fee usually reflects the level of value you should expect to receive.

Bottom Line: Give more weight to the services the company offers than your initial impression.

Steps to Get Started

  1. Browse through the opportunities in your industry. You can access our database through the 'Search By Industry' tab at the top of this page or narrow your search to our low cost franchises.
  2. Review the capital requirement to make sure you qualify.
  3. Pick out about 5 to explore further and you're well on your way.
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What Happens When a Franchise Contract Ends? Obligations Upon Termination

The franchise agreement should also address who gets to use the franchisee’s phone numbers after the franchise agreement expires. Traditionally, this right has belonged to the franchisor, but with home-based businesses becoming the norm, franchisors that allowed franchisees to use their home phones or existing cell phone numbers might have an issue regaining control of this component of their former franchisees’ business presence.

DOs and DON’Ts for Prospective Franchisees

Of course, new concepts and geographically-focused concepts may have no or only a limited number of franchisees. These opportunities should not simply be avoided wholesale; however, in these cases it will be particularly important to have candid and open discussions with the franchisor’s owners and representatives.