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Minority, Women Entrepreneurs Find More Opportunity in Franchise World

While there are many risks and hurdles involved in starting a new business, there are also many rewards. If you’re ready to start it up, but aren’t in the position (financially or otherwise) to risk it all in starting something new, you may consider franchising. Franchising offers many benefits to aspiring entrepreneurs, especially to minorities and women, who are seeing more opportunities in the franchise world in recent years.

According to data derived from the U.S. Census by the Small Business Administration, franchising trends show that minorities now own 21.1 percent of franchises with at least five workers, up from 15.8 percent 10 years ago.

StartupNation contributor Steve Friess, dives further into the study, and shares a personal story of a woman who wanted to start her own business and found success through franchising. The article also cites various surveys and research metrics related to minority entrepreneurship and small business. 

Read the full article here.

Meeting the Franchisor - Maximize Your Benefits From Discovery Day

Whether it is a “Discovery Day” or other term that the franchisor uses, most franchisors require prospective franchisees to visit their corporate headquarters as a pre-requisite to buying a franchise.

Franchise Disclosure Document for Dummies – Part 2

If a franchisor does not offer refunds or installment terms (which is not unusual), it should include a “negative disclosure” to this effect in Item 5 (i.e. “We do not offer full or partial refunds under any circumstances.”).

Negotiating the Franchise Agreement

Now that we’ve discussed the franchisor’s point of view and arguments towards negotiating the franchise agreement, here are a couple of tips for not wasting time on trying to negotiate items which franchisors do not alter and concentrating on the change-able clauses in the Franchise Agreement.