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What is an Area Representative?

Probably created in response to sub-franchising, franchisors did not approve of the loss of power and sharing of royalties when they could easily have the entire cookie. The solution resulted in the arrangement known as the Franchise Area Representative.

The Area Representative pays a certain fee for the right to solicit prospective franchisees and to provide certain service to existing franchisees in a defined franchise territory. The Area Representative acts as a salesperson for the franchisor and once they find a new franchisee, the area representative does not enter into any contracts with the franchisee. They do not exercise any power unlike a Sub-franchisor. All the franchise agreements are entered into directly between the franchisor and the prospective franchisee. All payments by the prospective franchisee are made to the franchisor and no transaction takes place between the prospective franchisee and the Area Representative.

The reason why anyone would choose being an Area Representative is that they are paid a certain portion of the initial franchise fee of each new franchisee they solicit as compensation. Aside from the sales commission the area representative may get paid by the franchisor a portion of the royalties received for servicing franchisees. In some cases, franchisors will pay the area representatives a portion of the fee received from new franchisees in the reps’ territory even though the area representative may have had nothing to do with the screening or recommending that particular franchisee. However, all these and other contingencies- such as compensation for furnishing many of the pre-opening and on-going services to the franchisee- should be covered in the area representation agreement.

The area representative is most often a franchisee in the defined territory, owning one or multiple units. The area representative may own a unit completely or may have smaller ownership in several units.

Franchise Hurdles

The first point I made ties into this, but you need to make sure you’ve done your research before you go ahead and sign a franchising agreement. And that doesn’t just mean from a financial perspective. There are so many other aspects in running a franchise that you need to understand before you get started. Most of this information can be found in the Franchise Disclosure Documents. Some of the most important things you should take a look at would be any legal issues the franchisor might have and the churn rate of franchises. Both of those could potentially be pretty significant red flags that might make you want to reconsider whether or not you want to open that franchise.

Breaking Down Royalty Fees

When people think of the costs of opening a franchise they typically just think about the franchise fee. That makes sense, seeing as the franchise fee is typically a substantial cost, ranging from a few thousand to a few hundred thousand dollars. But, this isn't the only payment a franchisee needs to make to the franchisor. Once operations start a franchisee typically needs to pay some form of ongoing royalties to the franchisor.

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