For some business-owner-wannabes, buying a franchise seems to be the best way to start a business. If you have no idea how to start your own brand, then franchising can be a good choice. With all the perks you can get, why pass the opportunity, right?
Are you seriously considering to buy a franchise? Then make sure to take note of the following remorse triggers:
Making a reckless franchise-buying decision
When buying a franchise, you want to dig deeper and find the best one that will fit your needs. For instance, you’re keen on starting a sandwich shop. Not only will you want to do thorough research about the company you plan on investing in; you’ll also want to consider if this type of franchising is something you’ve always wanted to do.
You’ll also need to consider your desired business location. Will it fit the lifestyle of those who live there? Create a competitor’s analysis. Check if there is a market for your desired product in that area. Failure to do this can lead to you regretting the decision of opening up in that particular location.
Setting unrealistic expectations
Like most businesses, joining a franchise system does not guarantee your success. You may have access to a tried and tested business model from an established company. But that doesn’t already mean that you’ll already achieve the same success as your franchisor. Failure to set realistic expectations can lead you to feel disappointed when things won’t go your way.
Failure to plan your source of funding
When buying a franchise, you won’t only have to pay your franchisor the franchise fees. These fees will cover for the whole set, including your right to use the business name, its offers – the works. But there are other fees to take note of. For instance, franchise royalties or royalty fees serve as your membership fee. This will depend on your franchise type and set percentage amount your franchisor dictates. Not knowing all the fees and failure to have a proper source of funding can lead to you owing debts and eventually closing your business.
Buying multiple units too soon
Some franchisors allow a single investor to buy multiple units all at once. But if you do this before learning the tricks of the trade, you can already be wasting your hard-earned money. You’ll want to make sure that you can prove yourself first before opening your next franchise. Also, buying a franchise requires your 100% commitment. If you are not able to commit and dedicate enough time to manage your own franchise, you might end up losing your investment before you even know it.
Hiring the wrong employees
Your staff plays a vital role in your business success. This is not to say that you should never consider hiring inexperienced workers. There will always be training for new employees. What we are talking about is neglecting your hiring process. Background checks are crucial to ensure that your employees can be trusted. You want to ensure that their values correlate with your company values so that you can avoid conflicts later on.
These are five franchise-buying remorse triggers that you’ll need to learn about before investing in a franchise. The harder you work on your franchise-buying plans, the better success you can achieve. If you don’t want to end up wasting your investment, then make sure not to make these mistakes when purchasing a franchise.