Why Are Other People Opening Franchises? And Why Should I?
Since the mid 90’s the number of small businesses in the US has been growing - and fast! It makes sense why - it gives you an opportunity to do something more interesting, to have more flexibility, and to be your own boss. Beyond just small businesses in general, franchises have been seeing particularly strong growth in the post-recession period. Franchises have grown to represent more than 4% of all businesses in the US and account for nearly 50% of all retail sales. So with more than 900,000 franchise businesses in the US we were wondering if we were right about why people are opening franchises? Is it for the flexibility? For the career change? For the freedom of being your own boss? Or for some other reason all together?
Over the past eight months we’ve been running a quiz to try to match people with the best franchise for them. One of the questions we’ve asked everyone is why do they want to open a franchise. We went back to the data from April and May to try to figure out what is driving people to open franchises. In the end the data was pretty clear cut and there was only one winner. As we initially speculated some people open franchises because they want more flexibility, or they want a more satisfying career, but neither of those are the primary reason for most people. The number one factor is that most people want to open a franchise to make money. More than 50% of the quiz takers reported that money was their primary consideration when it came to opening a franchise.
This came as a little bit of a surprise to me.but at the end of the day it makes sense. Franchises might be a good opportunity for people to make a change in their lives, but at the end of the day they are a major investment. And as with all major investments you’re probably making it with the intention of making money. So if you are thinking of opening your own franchise to make more money, have more flexibility, or have a more fulfilling career you’re not alone.
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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.
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.