by iFranchise Group
CEO, Mark Siebert
The Ultimate How-To Guide on Franchising Your Business
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Are you consistently being told that you should start franchising your business? If so, franchising may be the growth strategy for you!
Franchising generally consists of developing additional outlets through the sale of franchise rights to independent investors. These investors will then use your name and system of operation. An initial franchise fee is paid to the franchisor by the franchisee in return for the rights to operate a business under the franchise trademark. In addition, this fee covers training in how to operate the business and additional services such as site selection assistance. With many systems, a franchisee will pay a continual periodic royalty fee for ongoing support and training in:
From your perspective as a franchisor, all of the capital required to start the business is furnished by the franchisee. This is one of the most important benefits of franchising. Additionally, the franchisee assumes all risk – be it success or failure.
The Federal Trade Commission defines a franchise as a business relationship with three primary components:
1. The use of a common name or trademark,2. The presence of significant operating assistance or control, and3. A required payment by the franchisee
Does your concept serve a broad market?
Is your concept unique?
Can your concept be easily duplicated?
Will your concept sell?
If you answered yes to these questions, then starting a franchise may be the best model for your business.
You expand using the franchisees capital.
Franchisees are responsible for hiring, leases, and unit-opening expenses. The franchisee assumes the risk of success or failure.
Turnaround time to open new franchises is significantly faster than opening company-owned units.
Franchise owners are fully vested and highly motivated operators, which helps keep management and operations running as smoothly as possible.
The initial development of a franchise program requires an investment of both time and funds. However, the cost of professional advisors to help you properly develop your franchise is typically less than the cost of opening one additional company-owned location. Hiring a credible and experienced franchise consultant will help ensure you effectively create and implement your new franchise program while avoiding costly mistakes. An expert consultant can help as you…
Your franchise needs a successful prototype – the real-life example of the possibilities of your business. An active, exciting operation allows prospects to picture themselves running your franchise. But beyond a demonstration of the viability of your concept, an original location can also become a training center for new franchisees and a testing location for new products, services, or techniques.
A trademark is a representation of the “brand” – the entire character and persona of the concept. While many companies will start franchising before their trademark is completely registered at a federal level, you will definitely want to have begun the process. Inability to secure a trademark is a typical mistake by new franchisors, so the principal undertaking is to build up a name that can be approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Don’t cut corners. A robust Operations Manual is needed to detail written procedures that standardize your methods and become your training manual for new franchisees. It will cover everything from start-up activities to marketing, personnel management, and office procedures. It’s best to work with a professional technical writer who know how to create procedures that are easy to read, easy to follow and that adhere to franchise best practices. If you choose not to use a professional technical writer, it’s recommended to have the document reviewed by either an expert franchise consultant or experienced franchise attorney.
Develop a strategic marketing plan. You will need to:
Properly create a Franchise Disclosure Document that is prepared according to strict guidelines. This is best done by a seasoned franchise attorney. The FDD needs to be submitted and approved by various states that regulate franchising prior to even speaking to anyone about your franchise program.
Be sure you are trained in all aspects of franchise sales – including the legalities governing these sales – before you start selling franchises. Franchise companies either use the services of outsourced franchise sales professionals or seek to hire franchise sales talent and place them on staff. Either way, a savvy franchisor will understand the implications of their sales and staffing decisions prior to finalizing them.
As your franchise network develops, you take new responsibility in tending to your new franchisees. You must provide them with:
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iFranchise Group has been ranked the #1 Franchise Consulting Firm for four consecutive years in surveys conducted of hundreds of franchisors by Entrepreneur Magazine.
Increased franchise sales to 80 in one year, 160 the next, 200 Sold over 1,000 franchises. Was acquired by Roark Capital.
Increased franchise sales to 80 in one year, 160 the next, 200 Now has 220+ franchises. Sold 70% interest to a private equity firm, bringing the total in the system to over 320.
Grew from a single unit to nearly 400 locations. Acquired by Roark Capital in 2021.
Sold 84 units in twelve months. Now has 125 franchise units awarded. Won the IFA’s NexGen award for new franchisors for 2018.
Sold 30 franchises in first year, now over 300. Launched three other franchise brands. Acquired by Advocate Aurora Enterprises in 2021.
Sold 12 franchises in their first year. Over 160 locations nationwide, acquired in 2011, received private equity investment in 2021.
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“When we started with iFranchise Group we only had one clinic open. They put together an extensive program for Strategic Planning, Operations, and Marketing. In less than three years, we had over 190 clinics sold. We highly recommend iFranchise Group to anybody who is considering franchising and who wants to poise themselves for explosive growth.”
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