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Ten Steps to Starting a Franchise

1) Read through the franchisor’s franchise disclosure document (FDD).

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The franchisor is required by law to supply this document to prospective  franchisees. The FDD tells you everything you need to know about a  franchise, so be sure to study it before making any decisions. 

2) Do your due diligence.

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Talk to the owner who have been in business a while. Ask them  what they think of the business. What are the challenges? What are the  rewards? What made them decide to open a franchise? While this is obviously a great way to get  information, it may also help to form working relationships with the owners if you decide to open a franchise.

3) Experience a franchise in action.

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Visit a franchise during business hours, see how it works, see what  the employees have to do on a day-to-day basis. This  should give you a better idea of what being a franchisee is like. Also  be sure to talk to customers. Also look at online reviews and ratings on Google, Yelp, Facebook and Instagram. Are they happy with the service the  franchise provides? Would they recommend it to others? Getting a feel  for the customer base is just as important as seeing what a franchise  does every day.

4) Find a franchise that offers excellent support.

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The great thing about buying a franchise is that you go into business  for yourself, not by yourself. But this concept only works when the  franchisor offers the best support in all aspects of business  operations, including, but not limited to, marketing, advertising, IT,  finance, training and real estate. This is where a visit to the  corporate headquarters comes in handy.

5) Visit the corporate headquarters.

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We will set aside a day that allows prospective  franchisees to tour the corporate office as well as meet us who  will be supporting their business needs. This is an excellent way to get  a first-hand look at how the corporate office operates.

6) Review the terms of your franchise agreement.

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If you are still interested in opening a franchise after researching it,  the franchisor will give you its franchise agreement, which lists your  obligations and theirs. It is a good idea to hire a lawyer with  franchise experience to review the agreement to make sure it meets your  expectations.

7) Obtain financing.

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When you sign the franchise agreement, you will need to pay the  franchisor. These initial costs, which vary from business to business,  usually amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many entrepreneurs  need to secure a loan, such as a Small Business Administration loan or a  bank loan, to pay those fees. 

8) Locate a suitable site for your business.

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Many franchises have specific site requirements that your business will  need to meet. These may include things such as square footage, a minimum  lot size and a minimum number of parking spaces. A high-quality  franchise will staff real estate experts who will help you with the  process of finding a suitable site.

9) Receive training.

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You will need to complete a series of training courses, either at the  franchise’s corporate headquarters and/or online, that will teach you  everything you need to know about how to operate a franchise.

10) Prepare to open your business.

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If you have never opened a business before, which includes many  different things that need to be done, this process can seem daunting. A  franchise with best-in-class support will provide assistance with this  process, usually in the form of an openings team who will work with you  to ensure your business has everything it needs prior to opening.