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Franchise News Clips

A curated list of franchise-related news articles by the FranchiseHelp team

09/30/2019

New York Law Journal - Franchising from the Franchisee Lawyer Perspective

Imagine a client walks into your office wanting to get out of a contractual arrangement that they entered into three years ago. They explain that they are losing money, and that the contract makes no sense for them any longer...


Forbes - Location, Location, Location: Why Securing The Right Real Estate Is Critical To Franchise Success

Real estate site selection has the power to make or break any business with a brick-and-mortar component. Act accordingly. For franchises with a retail component, site selection is one of the most important ingredients to individual franchisee success. Securing the right location is also just as critical to the success of the franchisor — so the right real estate selection is fundamental to both parties’ success…


Forbes - Two Franchise Trends Aspiring Franchisees Should Look Out For

With my professional experience in mind, I was delighted to see that some of the insights brought forward in the study were negated misconceptions about franchise ownership. Two of those findings included:

• Women are more likely to start a business or franchise location than buy a pre-established one.

• Most new franchise startup acquisition costs range between $50,000 and $175,000, not $1 million...

09/23/2019

Franchising.com - CMO Q&A: How Is Your Marketing/Branding Strategy Developed, and How Does It Flow Through the System?

In each issue of Franchise Update magazine, we profile franchise CMOs and marketing leaders, asking each the same set of questions. Their responses say a lot about who they are, their culture, their values, and where they’re leading their companies...


JD Supra - California Statute Offers Dramatic Change to Independent Contractor, Franchise-Franchisee Relationships

On September 18, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new measure — Assembly Bill 5 — which will redefine how businesses classify their workers. Commonly known as “AB 5,” the new law seeks to codify the “ABC Test” for determining the existence of an employer/employee relationship. Simply put, the bill will make it much more difficult for businesses to utilize workers as independent contractors…


Franchising.com - Impacts of the New Revenue Recognition Rules on Franchising So Far

Franchisors are mandated by the FTC’s Franchise Rule to include GAAP-based financials in their FDD. As franchisors have started to experience, FASB changed what most franchisor financial statements look like because of the new revenue recognition rules, and we are now starting to see how financials are changing. By next year we should be able to draw some conclusions about whether these changes are having a material impact on those who are using the financials for decision-making…


The Business Journals - Risky business or not? Why franchising makes more sense than you think

Savvy entrepreneurs seek out franchising opportunities for many compelling reasons. At the top of the list is the desire to own a company without the groundwork required to run a single-owner operated business. Entrepreneurs troubled by the unknowns of business ownership often find franchising a happy medium...

09/16/2019

Franchising.com - Franchise Finance: How 9 Franchisors Help Operators Find Capital

Franchisors offer all kinds of assistance to help franchisees find funding. Among the dozen we spoke with, the most common types included waiving or reducing franchise fees and/or royalties for the first year or more; connecting franchisees with approved banks and other lending sources that have already vetted the brand; and offering discounts and financial incentives for additional units and accelerated openings. Simply put, lenders want to lend, franchisors want to grow, and franchisees want to start their own business or expand the one they have…

09/09/2019

New York Law Journal - Is the Franchise Model Under Attack?

During the last two years, franchisors have been facing courts and legislatures that appear to be increasingly hostile to franchising, as greater numbers of franchisor-franchisee relationships are being deemed to be franchisor-employee relationships. This column summarizes some of the most serious recent challenges to the franchise business model…

09/03/2019

Franchising.com - Transform Those "We Need To Talk" Moments into Positive Conversations

Interdependent relationships, where you can't just walk away when the going gets tough, can be both satisfying and frustrating. Think marriage, business partnerships, long-term supply agreements, and of course, the franchise relationship. Regular constructive conversations are essential to keep things on track...

08/26/2019

Franchising.com - Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Franchise brands continue to be strong financial performers and great investment opportunities, according to the University of New Hampshire’s franchising sector-focused RIFC 50 Index. The index gained another 7.3 percent in the second quarter, following an 8.4 percent gain in the first quarter of this year. The index tracks the financial market performance of the U.S. franchising sector…


Forbes - The 10 Most Attractive Countries for Franchising in 2019

...After all, even the large US domestic market has less than 5% of the world’s potential customers... It may be time to go international! But where do you go first or what countries do you target first for further expansion?...

08/12/2019

Forbes - Why Owning A Franchise Business Can Be A Good Idea For Women

Over the last 15-plus years as a franchise consultant, I've worked with hundreds of men who readily embrace franchise ownership as a diversification or exit strategy. But it wasn’t until more recently that many women began contacting me to find the right franchise investment and income opportunity for themselves…

08/05/2019

Is Your Recruitment Program Working For You?

To increase agreement signings and improve the quality of new franchisees, make sure you're managing a recruitment system and process with the essential components. I'd like to suggest that you think about building a winning recruitment program using the Four Pillars approach. Success requires proper implementation and execution in all four areas below. To determine where you may need to focus, consider the following elements of each of the Four Pillars.


Forbes - Tips From A Franchise Coach: The Benefits And Challenges Of A Uniform Item 19

Perhaps the most basic question people want to know when researching a franchise opportunity is, “How much money can I make?” It can be difficult to find a clear answer, but there are a few things you can do in order to gain a better understanding of one’s earning potential…


BirthdayPak Ranked Top 20 Franchise by FranchiseHelp

BirthdayPak has ranked #5 out of 20 in the first ever top 20 franchise rankings presented by FranchiseHelp. In addition to ranking #5 overall, BirthdayPak also brought in a silver award for fastest growing franchise and a bronze award for top-performing emerging franchise...

07/29/2019

QSR Magazine - Why International Franchises are Coming to America

For more than 35 years, umami fans have been able to dive into Yoshinoya’s signature beef bowls whether they were in the U.S., Japan, or Hong Kong. The Tokyo-based fast casual’s longstanding presence demonstrates success in one of the most challenging areas of limited-service growth: bringing a beloved foreign brand into the U.S. It can be tricky but rewarding terrain…


Forbes - Response To FTC's Inquiry: Should Franchise Rule Be Modified

The Federal Trade Commission issued a notice last February asking the public if the FTC should, once again, make changes to its Franchise Rule. The agency stressed that the primary purpose of the Franchise Rule is to provide prospective franchisees the material information they need in order to weigh the risks and benefits of purchasing a franchise…


Franchising.com - Do They Know You're There? Spending on Brand Awareness to Increase Sales

"What's the ROI of an impression?" No matter if they're seasoned marketers or bootstrapped founders, this is a question I hear from clients all the time. It comes up a lot. Listen, I get it. I've asked myself the same thing. Why are we advertising, if not to drive sales?...