9 Things You Need to Know Before Becoming a Franchise Owner

9 Things You Need to Know Before Becoming a Franchise Owner
Franchising - June 25, 2024 Written By: Krista Dinsmore

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So, you've got the entrepreneurial spirit itching for action, but the idea of building a business from the ground up seems a little daunting? Franchises can be mighty attractive, offering a road to success with a well-known brand name and established system.

But that doesn't mean franchising is all sunshine and rainbows - although, with the right franchise partnership, it can come pretty darn close.

Before you sign on the dotted line and dive headfirst into franchise ownership, here are 9 crucial things you need to know:

1. It’s Not Your Own Rodeo, Like Owning a Start-Up

The beauty (and sometimes the beast) of a franchise is the established system. You get operational procedures, access to technology/expertise, and marketing guidelines – basically, a blueprint for success. But remember, you're signing up to follow predetermined brand standards and processes. 

While there's comfort in a clear path, don't be afraid to ask questions and understand the ‘why’ behind the system. There might be room for some creative wrangling within the franchise framework, but remember, it's their brand and their rules (for the most part). Make sure you find a franchise that fits into how you want to run your business and live your life - after all, owning a business is all about making a positive change for YOU.

2. Find Your Perfect Match

Franchises come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties. Do your research! Don't just jump on the bandwagon because the frozen yogurt franchise across the street seems like easy money. Find a brand that aligns with your interests, skills, and values. 

Are you passionate about fitness? Maybe a gym franchise is a better fit than a pet store. If you're passionate about hospitality or inventory management but want out of the long hours associated with the industry - then maybe a Sculpture Hospitality Franchise is the right fit for you. Take time to understand the industry, the daily operations, and the target customer of your chosen franchise options.

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3.  Weigh Up the Cost 

Franchise ownership comes with a variety of fees, including a franchise fee, royalties, as well as your own marketing budget. On top of that, you'll need capital to cover things like equipment, rent, and payroll if required. Don't underestimate the startup costs – carefully review the financial requirements and create a realistic financial plan. Remember, like any business, profitability can take time, so be prepared for the initial investment and a long-term commitment.

Check out our blog, What are the Best Franchises to Own Under 50k?, to find some cost-effective franchise options. 

4. You’re the Head Honcho, But You’re Not Alone

Being a franchise owner is all about leadership. You'll be responsible for hiring, training, and motivating your team. But unlike a lone wolf entrepreneur, you'll also have the support of the franchisor. They'll provide training programs, operational manuals, and ongoing guidance. Utilize these resources! The franchisor wants you to succeed, so don't be shy about asking for help when you need it.

5. Chatting With Future Peers Can be Useful 

Reading articles online and speaking to your potential franchisee partner can tell you a lot, but they can't tell you everything. Seek out current and past franchisees! Talk to them about their experiences, the challenges they faced, and the franchisor's level of support. Franchisee chats and even testimonials/case studies can provide valuable real-world insights into what your life could be like as a franchisee.

6. Location, Location, Location 

Just like any business, location is crucial for a franchise. With most franchises, you’ll likely be only able to work in a certain geographic area, but you'll ultimately be responsible for finding a spot with demographics that match your target customer. Don't underestimate the importance of location – it can make or break your business. 

7. It’s Hard Work, But it’s Rewarding 

Being a franchise owner is no walk in the park. Expect long hours (when it’s needed), dedication, and the need to wear many hats. But here's the good news: you're the boss and the rewards can be significant. Financial success, the satisfaction of building a business, being able to choose your own hours, and being part of a supportive brand network are just a few of the perks.

8. It Helps to Become Your Own Marketing Maverick 

Don't get lulled into a false sense of security by the national brand name. While the franchisor might provide some marketing support as well as have their own brand marketing efforts, local marketing efforts are still crucial for your success. Get involved in your community, network with local businesses, and leverage social media to build brand awareness in your specific market.

9. You Can Build Your Own Legacy

Think of franchise ownership as a marathon, not a sprint. Building a successful business takes time, effort, and a commitment to continuous improvement. Stay passionate about your brand, be adaptable to market changes, and always strive to learn and grow. The franchisor-franchisee relationship is a two-way street – work collaboratively with your franchisor, leverage their expertise, and contribute your own ideas to create a winning partnership.

By doing this, you have an amazing opportunity to build your own legacy and live the lifestyle that you truly want - getting away from the grind and hustle of everyday bar/restaurant life. 

Are you interested in learning more about franchising or the opportunities available with Sculpture Hospitality? Contact us today and find out whether a Sculpture franchise could be the right fit for you.

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