Review of Franchise Documents (FDD)
Once you have received an FDD from a franchisor, you will need to thoroughly examine the contents and seek answers to any questions you may have. The franchisor will readily assist you in finding the answers to any questions. The FDD will also contain a list of franchisees and contact information. It is highly recommended that you speak with the franchisees in order to gain an understanding of what it’s like to operate a franchise unit in their system.
Areas of focus
It is essential to ask the right questions of the existing and past franchisees. We will supply you a list of question to assist in this process. This is a great opportunity to learn valuable information from those with the experience. This is your opportunity to validate the franchise opportunity and get an idea about the profitability of the franchises.
Consultation with Attorney and Accountant
We cannot overemphasize the necessity of consulting with a competent attorney and/or accountant before purchasing any business. It is very important that both professionals have a background in franchising, to ensure that you are covered in every way to benefit your position. If you don’t already have these professionals in place, we can make recommendations.
Attend a Discovery Day
Most franchisors have a Discovery Day where they invite prospective franchise partners to visit a specific franchise location and see how the franchise is run. You will not only get crucial information to assist in making your decision, but will get to meet the staff that will be supporting in the operation of your franchise business.
Once you have gone through all the previous steps, it is time for you to make a decision. Should you choose to own a franchise, you can be confident that you have taken the necessary steps towards controlling your own life, by owning your own business!
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