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Once you have decided that opening up your own franchise is a wise decision, you will need to decide what type of franchise you wish to open. There are many different franchise opportunities available for expansion. Whilst some companies are starting out with franchising their already successful business, others have been on the franchise market for many years and have established themselves as a successful model.
Deciding what type of franchise to open largely depends on your business goals and the area in which you live or are planning to live. What type of franchise you decide to operate also depends upon your own preference. However, you will either have to operate within the confines of the community in which you live or pick up and move to an area more accommodating to the type of franchise you wish to open if the one in which you currently live is not.
If you are a gregarious person who loves to dine out with friends, perhaps opening a restaurant franchise is best for you. You can work in a fast-paced environment and operate a business that you enjoy. Once you have decided to open a restaurant franchise, you should decide if you prefer the high-energy atmosphere of a full service chain or if you prefer the quicker pace of a fast-food type eatery. This will largely depend on your personality, and you can find success in either type of chain.
Perhaps you want to find success in an atmosphere completely different than that of a restaurant. If you are interested in furniture and home decorating, for example, you may want to investigate opening up an Interior Ideas franchise. Or, if you appreciate a good haircut, you may wish to find out information about opening up your own Saks Hair and Beauty salon. It is important that you address the needs of the area in which you live. If you live in a city with ten Saks salons or Interior Ideas stores already present, you may wish to consider a different franchise or perhaps moving to a less populated location to ensure your business receives patronage.
One of the very first things that needs to be done, after committing to the idea of purchasing a franchise business, is research. There are thousands of franchise opportunities available with each offering the positive and negative aspects of doing business. Which franchise opportunity to select is the task and it is no small task at that. One way to begin is by finding a list of all the franchises available. From here you can read through each one to give you some ideas of which franchise suits you. The are many directories of franchise opportunities available on the internet and these can give the potential franchisee a decent idea of what options are available to them.
There are two main types of franchise to consider; one involves providing a service and the other involves providing a product. For the moment the subtle distinctions can be left aside. With a service based franchise you are basically offering a persons abilities to supplement an established business. These services might include secretarial services, cleaning services or other business services. If managing people is one of your better skills this may be one of the best franchise opportunities for you.
If your skills run toward the selling end of things, the best franchise opportunities for you may be product based. In this instance a product of choice needs to be established. Each product holds its own challenges so the franchisee needs to be honest about where their strengths lie.
In this respect it is a good idea for the researcher to have a fairly good idea of where their strengths and weaknesses lie. It is also a good idea for the potential franchisee to understand what makes them excited to start work each day. Not just for the short term, but for the longer term. With these two strategic elements some parameters can be set to define which franchise areas to look at when researching a franchise opportunity.
Whichever type you choose, conduct plenty of research on the demand for that company and the company’s previous performance to ensure your franchise has a good chance for success.
Matthew Anderson is a franchise consultant and founder of The Franchise Shop, a UK business franchise directory featuring Franchise Opportunities and Franchise Information