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Why You Might Not Want To Franchise Your Business


In the past, franchising was primarily limited to fast food restaurants. That has changed in the past decade, though. Now it seems as though every business model can be replicated, from pet care to oil changes to retail to travel to pest control.

As a business owner, though, you need to be aware that not every business is possible to successfully franchise. Just because your friend is making millions of dollars with franchising doesn’t mean your business is ready for it. In some cases, you may not be able to franchise your business at all.

The Business is Not Easy to Replicate

Fast food restaurants are easy to franchise because each location can have similar foods and processes. In order for a franchise to be successful, the original business concept needs to be simple enough to be replicated. The franchisee should be able to be quickly trained to get up to speed on the process. Sometimes location is a factor. Also, certain businesses require professionals to handle the goods and services, so something like a construction business may not be easy to franchise.

The Business is Having Money Issues

Franchising should not be used to rescue your sinking ship of a business. Franchising is expensive to set up in the first place. Plus, not many people will be willing to invest money in your business if it’s not financially sound.

There’s No Longevity

Nobody wants to invest in trends. The best businesses stay the course for a long time because they sell goods or services that most people need. Selling face masks might have been profitable a few years ago during COVID. Nowadays, hardly anyone is wearing masks. The masks they bought in 2020 are likely in the trash.

You’re Not Willing to Help Franchisees

You need to have the mindset of wanting your franchisees to succeed. If you are simply looking to franchise to make money, you’re going to have disgruntled franchise owners. You need to be available to train these owners and help them resolve issues. If you cannot provide advice and support as needed, then everyone is going to lose out.

You Don’t Trust Anyone

Yes, you probably treat your business as your child, but if you want to take the plunge into franchising, you’ll need to have trust in the franchisees. You can’t spend your time micromanaging. You’ll need to take a step back and allow the franchisee to take control to some degree. If you can’t do this, then franchising is not the right choice.

Learn More About Franchising

Franchising a business can be a great business opportunity for many business owners, but not all will  benefit. Not all businesses are easy to replicate, so franchising may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Seek legal help from an Orlando franchise lawyer B.F. Godfrey from Godfrey Legal. We’ll assess your business structure to see if franchising is a good idea. Schedule a consultation to get solid advice today. Call (407) 890-0023 or fill out the online form.



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