3 Things You Need to Do Before You Buy a Franchise

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22/09/2021

If you’re interested in business but don’t know where to start, franchising can be a great starting point for running your own business. With the brand already established, you’ll have less to think about and can focus on the operations of your business. You’ll also be likely provided with tools and support from the franchise regarding marketing and advertising.

However, before you decide to buy a franchise, there are things you need to do first. These tips can help you confirm whether you’re making the right decision or not. This way, you don’t end up committing to a franchise you’re not actually ready to handle. 

1. Conduct Thorough Research on the Franchise

Before you can buy a franchise, you need to consider which franchise you should go with. It’s essential to pick one that feels right for you and is aligned with your business goals.

When choosing a franchise, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research. You can’t just go in blindly. There is certain information you need to gain.

For example, you must examine how the brand has been performing in the last year. If sales have been on a steady decline, you may end up with a loss by deciding to franchise. 

You should also examine what it would be like on the inside. How much control will they have over your business? Is the franchisor’s relationship with its franchisees good? What wisdom can the franchisor impart on you while under their contract?

2. Fully Understand the Franchise Agreement

As with any legally binding contract, it’s essential to go through it several times to ensure you fully understand what you’re signing up for. Make sure the agreement terms are fair to you, especially in terms of how the franchise will be run. When going over the franchise agreement, it’s best to consult a professional to ensure you understand your rights and responsibilities under the contract.

3. Identify the Financial Risks of Franchising

There is always risk involved when it comes to business. But, if you plan to succeed, you must learn how to take calculated risks. And the first step is being able to identify your financial risks.

When franchising, you may encounter certain risks that won’t always apply to other kinds of businesses. For example, the consumer demand for a franchise may differ among various geographical locations. While a franchise may perform well in one place, it may not have as much success in a different location.

You should also account for unanticipated costs in your funds. Over the term of your franchise agreement, the franchisor may implement changes that may bring on additional costs. Typically, in these cases, the franchisee will be responsible for covering the costs of these changes.

In Summary

Before you decide to commit to a franchise, you have to ensure you’re making the right decision. This involves doing your research, fully understanding the franchise agreement and being aware of the financial risks involved. And if the process seems a bit overwhelming for you, you can consult with a professional to help you reach the right decision. 
Understand what it takes to franchise a business with the help of GLG Legal. We are contract lawyers in Brisbane that offer expert real-world legal advice to franchisors and franchisees. Our advice in franchising and business strategies, operating structures, systems, compliance, documentation and dispute resolution provides our clients with the necessary legal basis to become involved in the franchise process with confidence. Contact us today to get started!

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