Buying into a franchise can be a very lucrative investment. However, as a franchisee your success is far from guaranteed. Company-placed systems are designed to help facilitate business operations, however they do not, by any means, make running a franchise easy. The following article will discuss the 5 major myths involved with franchising, and will reveal what you will be up against if you decide to open your own franchise.
Myth 1: Running a Franchise is Easy
There is no business opportunity in existence which isn't going to take some hard work and effort to run successfully... and franchising is no different. Franchises have "automated" systems in place to facilitate the running of the business... a feature which attracts many to-be business owners because the hassle and uncertainty of figuring out how to run their own business is taken care of. While franchises do have a slightly higher success rate than independent small businesses, you cannot simply "plug-in" to the system and have the business run on its own. As in any business venture, there is simply no replacement for good hard work. If you're looking for a "get rich quick" opportunity, look elsewhere.
Myth 2: Franchises are Safe Investments
Many franchise owners are recently out of business due to the horrible state of the economy... and I'm sure they would tell you otherwise. In franchising, as with any business venture, there is a degree of risk and uncertainty which comes with investing. The state of the economy is out of your control... if it starts going downhill, there's nothing you can do about it. Moreover, once their business is up and running, many franchisees discover that running a franchise is not the calk-walk they thought it would be. Well... if you find out that you don't have the drive, motivation, or skills it's going to take to be successful, you're out an investment likely somewhere in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Myth 3: A Popular Franchise is Guaranteed to be Profitable
You can't actually see the ledger of any franchise you're walking past, so you really have no idea how well-off that franchise owner may be. Just because you own a McDonald's or Subway doesn't mean automatic profits. A well-recognized name may help to bring in some customers, but you're still going to need to have the right skill set to run a particular franchise. Additionally, proper management, advertising, and hard work will play a large role in your success or failure.
Myth 4: Buying into a Franchise is Cheaper than Starting Your Own Business
When setting up your own independent business, you are responsible for equipment, furniture, legal and consultation fees, licensing fees, internet and phone connections, taxes, etc, and of course... a location. While these are mostly taken care of when buying into a franchise, what you will pay for is the recognition of a brand name, and that company system with a proven business model... this will often set you back a few hundred thousand dollars.
Myth 5: As a Franchisee You're Your Own Boss
As a franchisee you may not have a boss you have to answer to directly, however, you may not be provided with the total freedom you're seeking as an entrepreneur. Variables such as wages, hours of operation, suppliers (no searching around for a better or cheaper deal... you have to purchase from your franchisor) will likely be out of your control... you are restricted to the freedoms the company system allows you.
As my opening sentence states, franchises can of course be very lucrative investments. This article is not to state otherwise... it is simply to state that they are not the cake-walk, or guaranteed ticket to success many people believe them to be. So if you decide to buy into a franchise, be sure you're ready for what's to come.
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