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What to consider before buying a franchise

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2024 | Business Formation, Buying Or Selling A Business |

Baton Rouge Legal Blog

Buying a franchise can be a great way to become your own boss without having to build a brand from scratch. However, this doesn’t mean that you can simply open one in Louisiana and start making a profit from day one. There are still plenty of risks associated with owning a franchise such as not making enough to cover franchise fees or failing to treat your employees or customers properly.

Don’t skip the due diligence

Ideally, you will choose a company in an industry that you are passionate about or have an understanding of. For instance, if you worked in a grocery store for 20 years, you may want to consider opening a retail establishment. After choosing an industry, you’ll need to look for companies that have a solid customer base and a track record of consistent sales. Alternatively, you’ll need to find a compelling reason as to why you could turn a struggling company around.

You’ll still need capital

Becoming a franchisee can cost just as much or more than the cost of starting your own business. Therefore, you’ll need to know that you have the money available to pay the initial franchise fee and other ongoing expenses the business might have. These expenses might include the cost of buying food, uniforms or marketing materials that the parent company requires you to use.

You drive the company’s success

Whether you create a business from scratch or buy a franchise, you’ll need to work hard to ensure it succeeds. You will be the one who creates the company culture and ensures that everyone lives by the values necessary to attract customers and build a strong brand. Depending on the type of franchise you buy, it may be necessary to work 60 hours or more per week to succeed.

Buying a franchise may make it possible to gain more control over your life and career. However, there are liability and other concerns that you are encouraged to learn about and address prior to becoming the owner of any type of business.