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What should I expect from a franchise when opening a new location?

I'm weighing franchises vs. other businesses. A franchise would seem to be a big benefit in opening a new location. Exactly what is it that I can expect a franchise to provide?

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Chuck Woolweaver
Franchise Your Business in 60 Days
Palm Beach County, FL

All the start-up and ongoing support and training that the franchisor will be providing you is detailed in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

Sep 26, 2009
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Denver County, CO

Franchise agreements vary, but in general you should receive support in the way of complete training for yourself and usually 1 other, either spouse or manager; site location; lease negotiation; software systems and support including a website, marketing and advertising support, continuing education if needed. Many will help you develop a business plan or provide a template for your use. Many have financing sources available and a few even offer some in-house financing. You may want to consider the no-cost services of a franchise advisor such as myself.

Sep 14, 2009
Jon Holmquist
Edgemaster Model 400 sharpener
Marion County, OR

The FTC requires a disclosure of everything they will provide and what you must provide. Basically, you get a system that has been proven to be successful and you have the right to talk to people who have made the system work and also those who haven't been able to make it work. Don't trust anyone without checking both and determine for yourself which group you feel you belong. The fear of lawsuits has made most franchisors very open and honest about the success potential and are careful to make the right decision regarding your chance of developing the success. Don't put any money down until you feel you belong in the success group. Good Luck, Jon at Edgemaster.

Sep 13, 2009
Fayaz Karim, MBA, CA
Subway Valuations, Business Searches
Orange County, CA

Exact question answered on my website-no kidding.

Apr 3, 2009
Rob Goggins
Great Clips, Inc.
Vice President of Franchise Development
Carver County, MN

It's going to vary widely. Some franchise systems will provide a great deal of training and support. I know some companies will train you in their home office for several weeks, will come out to your location for a week or two and fire things up, will actually send a salesperson to your area to sign up customers for the first month, etc. Others will rely on web-based training and will minimize personal contact. Neither is good or bad, it just "is". It's up to you to weigh the options and talk w/the franchisees. The good thing about franchising is that there is usually more than one concept in the industry. Check the major ones out and learn what you might get from all of them. Then pick the one that you feel provides the most value.

Mar 25, 2009