So, you want to start a business, but feel like you’re running into a brick wall at every turn. Don’t despair, a franchise operation may be just the ticket to help you fill a local market niche.
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While you pay a franchisor a start-up fee — which usually ranges from $35,000 to $60,000 — you get training, proven systems for profitability, expert marketing, plus ongoing support to help you overcome bumps in the road along the way.
Most entrepreneurs who buy a franchise have no experience in that industry. But thanks to the support and training they receive from the franchisor, they can build successful businesses that outperform even established independent competitors.
Advantages Of A Franchise
In our current economic environment, little mom and pops often find it tough to compete, and a proven system can offer great benefits. You can start your own business with a franchise and still have lots of the same perks as an independent business owner — plus many advantages they don’t have.
A Proven System
A franchise company has used years of experience to figure out what works and what doesn’t. They know how many employees you need and what type of advertising works best. And a franchise company wants you to succeed — to bolster their own bottom line.
Support And Training
Most franchise companies have employees whose sole task is to support their franchisees in such areas as IT, sales, advertising, accounting and human resources. Independent businesses have to hire individual experts for support, and those costs can add up.
A Strong Record Of Success
A study on profitability by the U.S. Small Business Administration found that the average franchise had five times the first-year revenue as the average independent business. At our firm, new franchisees have a 94% success rate, but the key to success is research, research, research, figuring out which franchise is right for you and which franchises offer the best chance of success.
A Well-Documented Track Record
Since so many others will have walked the path on which you’re setting forth, you have all the information you need to help you succeed. Much of it is provided in the Franchise Disclosure Document. And unlike independent businesses, which have to make educated guesses, you have a network of other franchisees to help guide the way.
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Ready to make your dream of becoming an entrepreneur come true? Get your free evaluation today! Contact Dan Citrenbaum to help you create the career you’ve always wanted. As a business coach, Dan brings years of experience helping people select and buy a franchise or existing business. You can reach Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (484) 278-5489.
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