Buying a Franchise

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If you are considering buying a franchise, you need to beware of empty promises from the franchisor. Over the last few years, franchise agreements have become extremely one-sided. Recently, many franchisors are making no enforceable promises to provide franchisees with any support or assistance after their business opens.

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When buying a franchise, think before you convert your existing business to a franchise. If you have an existing business, you may discover opportunities to convert your business to a franchise–to get the benefits of a “well known brand”, to gain “purchasing power”, or to gain advertising and support. You may even be tempted because of the attractiveness of the ...

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In buying a franchise, beware of the lies, damned lies and statistics–about 90% success rates, among other things. At some point in the process of buying a franchise, someone will probably tell you that 90% of all franchises succeed. That person is lying. Years ago, the Department of Commerce produced a “study” with that statistic and unscrupulous franchisors and franchise ...

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With jobs scarce for college students and new graduates, college students should beware of an increasingly active predator-the franchise sales person. They haunt job fairs and campuses with tantalizing “opportunities” to start your own business by buying a franchise; opportunities to be free of the lines for every job opening. What they are offering, unfortunately, is indentured servitude that can ...

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Franchise site BlueMauMau just released a list of the 25 worst franchise investments-without even asking the question of whether such extraordinarily bad results give rise to a duty to disclose high failure rates to those who are buying a franchise.

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Every franchisee, at the beginning, goes through a “honeymoon” period that can last a few years. That phase can have a very dangerous side-effect of causing you to be unable to successfully make a claim if the franchisor did something wrong. It is very important when buying a franchise that you watch the statute of limitations.

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Buying a franchise in the same industry you already have a business in can be a very risky decision. Let’s say you have a current customer base that generates you $10,000 a month in gross revenue, of which $3,000 drops to the bottom line. You receive a solicitation from a very charming franchise “consultant” offering you a franchise with a ...

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Buying a franchise may be the biggest financial investment you ever make. When it works, you have the chance to own and operate your own business with the added advantage of a partnering with an established company with name recognition, a successful business model, and high quality products or services.

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