Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC | attorneys at law

3 things to look for in a franchise

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2023 | Business & Commercial Law

Becoming a franchisee is one of the possible ways to venture into owning a business. There are several things that you need to look into if this is what you’re considering. It’s critical that you ensure you’re choosing the best franchise for your circumstances. 

As you’re going through the possible franchises on your list, look into these three points to determine if they should make your short list of possibilities. There may also be other things that are important to you so it may be best to create a list to check off as you go through possible franchises.

Product or service needed in your area

A franchise is only going to succeed if it’s based on a service or product that your area can support. For example, a budget-conscious restaurant may do well in an area that’s classified as middle to lower income. A luxury restaurant may not do well in that same area. 

Clear expectations for the franchisee

The franchisor should have clear expectations for all franchisees. Ideally, there will be a roadmap for the franchisees to follow from the start of their business. All franchisees should have ample support from the franchisor so they can move toward success. 

Defined fee structure

Another significant consideration is the fee structure of the franchisee. This may include base fees and percentages of profits. You should scrutinize all fees so you know exactly what to expect from a financial standpoint. 

Choosing a franchise to buy into isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. Instead, you must fully vet the options and move forward with the one that you feel has the possibility to help your visions come to life.