If you have always wanted to own your own business, you have likely done your homework. Your decision to be a business owner may have taken many turns during your investigation, and you may not be certain you are ready to take on the responsibilities of starting a company from scratch. There is a great deal to consider, not the least of which are the time and expense.
However, if you are looking for a business that offers you the benefits of business ownership, but you desire a support system and more security than a brand-new startup can offer, you may want to consider looking at a franchise. Buying into a franchise offers benefits you may not realize.
Why re-invent the wheel?
Statistically, a franchise has a better chance of success than an independent business. With a well-established system already in place, a franchise owner can step right into the job with the hard work already done. This may be appealing to you if you have little experience in getting a business started. Some of the benefits that may entice you to buy a franchise include the following:
- Following a successful system reduces the chances that you will make common mistakes.
- An already recognized franchise brand may provide you with customers who are familiar with the product.
- A lender may be more willing to finance your franchise venture because there is a lower risk.
- Your franchise company will likely provide you with opportunities for training in their successful business methods.
- You may not have to worry about advertising since your franchise will probably cover the cost and marketing for you.
Perhaps the most important element of being part of a franchise is the continuous support you will receive from your franchisor. The administration of the company knows that their success depends on your success, and they are likely to do whatever they can to ensure you do well as a business owner. This may mean you will have an open line to district managers and others who can answer your questions and encourage you along the way.
Of course, buying into a New Jersey franchised business is a legal transaction, and the documents you will have to review and sign may include hundreds of stipulations and conditions. It is essential that you fully understand the language in these documents and the responsibilities to which you are agreeing. With a legal advisor, you will have someone who can answer your questions and can address your rights and concerns as you negotiate with the home office of your franchise.