A reader of one of my online sessions asked should he franchise his business or not. He had set up a service business and was getting ready to expand and wanted to know if franchising was a good potential strategy for this. How do I franchise my business? There are many criteria for franchising and if you have ever thought you might wish to franchise your business then this advice could be of value to you:
You cannot determine if you should franchise or not until you have perfected your operation, any thing less than perfection will be doing a disservice to your future company and franchisees. I am not advocating waiting until it is actually perfect, for that day may not ever come, but rather making that a goal of your business building before deciding to franchise or not. Go read the "E-Myth."
It is possible you might be pre-empted as your profits will be taken by attorneys and lawyers due to the increased regulations in franchising. We have issues in the US where workforce is often under the impression of the right to be irresponsible and if they do not work hard and fail they will most likely blame you and sue. So many factors to consider and many are not in any books. I would say; you need to start with about a million dollars solely dedicated to the franchise part of the business to get it to work. Not including all the prototypes or company owned stores or operations.
There is an overload of information on this topic, but anyone truly interested in franchising needs to study up on these methods. If you can; I recommend some good books or articles on this subject you might wish to read:
The Franchise Bible
Trips and Traps When Buying a Franchise
Franchising for Dummies
Franchising and Licensing
I have read and own probably 30 books on the subject all have tid bits but these ought to be a good start. If this it not sufficient, a longer list can be made available from www.franchising.org . Remember most people write books for a reason; if it is written by an attorney it will have legal slant, an entrepreneur will have an optimistic and promotional slant, a consultant will have a strategic slant. You see? The book most important in my professional opinion after you have franchised would be; "The Franchise Relationship" www.franchiserelations.com .
If you are considering the franchise format to expand your currently successful business then these are aspect and information you should be well versed in to make it all work. I wish you the best of luck and continued success.
"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs