Should You Open a Coffee Shop Franchise?
At FranchiseHelp, we see thousands of visitors each month from budding entrepreneurs who think that selling coffee to their fellow caffeine addicts could make for an exciting and lucrative venture.
Naturally, many folks considering a coffee business find their way to FranchiseHelp, searching for information on massive franchise brands like Dunkin' Donuts; retail giants like Starbucks (sorry, it's not a franchise!); more modest franchises like Seattle's Best, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Scooter's Coffee, and Coffee Beanery; mobile coffee carts like Maui Wowi; or even alternative in-office coffee service franchises like Xpresso Delight.
There's no question the global coffee industry is absolutely enormous (an estimated $430 billion in 2019) and growing nicely at nearly 6% per year (with even greater growth potential in less crowded segments like commercial and office coffee).
But is there any opportunity left for an individual to get in on the game? And if so, how much would it cost to open a coffee business?
Oakscale, which works with high-growth emerging franchise brands, writes about the costs and economic potential of the coffee business for those looking to break into this industry. In particular, they discuss the potential investment required, factors many entrepreneurs don't think about upfront (supply chain, driving foot traffic if your store is not in an ideal location, and alternatives to a traditional coffee shop).
Why Should I Open a Franchise Rather Than Open My Own Business?
America has always been the land of free enterprise, and the prospect of self- employment may sound like a dream come true. Imagine the schedule flexibility, the freedom to explore and expand while pursuing an interesting career. The alleyways of entrepreneurship are so vast that it can be rather daunting to entertain. What is the right business for today? What product is in demand? Which business model is most profitable? What concept is most likely to succeed? Potential owners also must consider that franchising may be a better option than small business start ups. Yes, when entrepreneurship meets franchising, the parameters change. There may still be freedom, but new franchisees find themselves absorbed into a preset business model with a tried and true support system.
Franchise Opportunities – Where do I start?
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.
10 Business Opportunities for Under $25K
Here’s just a snapshot of a few of those options that are available.