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Buying a franchise?

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BeginnersGuide Wed 14-Aug-13 21:47:34

Wondered if anyone has brought or considered buying a franchise? What did you find the pros and cons to be?

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MrsMeg Wed 14-Aug-13 21:51:26

What sort of sector are you considering? Do you have skills needed or will full training be provided?

I think the pros are that you will always have a high (hopefully) level of support in the background because bring self employed can be stressful

chickenspots Sat 17-Aug-13 12:29:36

I don't have a franchise but I live in a fairly rural area and am aware of some people locally who have committed to a franchise that works really well in busy areas but if you don't have enough people in your area then it will fail. Or more specifically people with money. I'm talking about the baby/preschool activity market but I'm sure it would be true of any franchise. Do your research and although the 'package' may be very appealing will it work in your area and if it will why has no one snapped it up already?

LynetteScavo Sat 17-Aug-13 12:40:47

With the pre-school/baby market I think they work well if they already have a well known name. Otherwise you may as well start your own group. Buying a franchise was something I was considering a few years ago.

One acquaintance of mine was badly burnt when clients were paying the franchise direct, who than ran off with the money. it was a recruitment franchise, so she had workers who were waiting to be paid, and companies who had paid....nightmare mess.

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Clavender Thu 25-Apr-19 11:44:24

Pros - you get support, training, a recognised brand, marketing etc provided.

Cons - you pay a fee to set up and ongoing fees, you have to operate as your franchisor requires so you can't just do your own thing.

As with starting any new business you need to do your research thoroughly, I'm sure some franchises give you more for your money than others. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.

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