Before deciding whether to make financial performance representations, franchisors should consider these things.
Item 7 of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) requires franchisors to set out in a prescribed tabular format a franchisee’s estimated initial investment – i.e., all the expenses required by the franchise agreement and all other costs necessary for a franchisee to commence business. These costs go beyond the fees in Item 5-Initial Franchise Fees […]
There are 4 main types of franchise models for business format franchising: Single Unit, Multi-Unit Development, Conversion, and Master Franchise. We discuss the benefits of each for a prospective franchisor.
The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) provides a significant amount of information about the franchisor and franchise system as noted previously. Among the most important items in the FDD are the business terms between the franchisor and franchisee. These are encompassed in Items 5, 6, and 12 of the FDD, which set forth the fees and […]
Once you have decided to expand your business through franchising, one of the next steps is to create the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). The FDD contains information about the franchisor and the franchise system. The Federal Trade Commission and state regulators require franchisors to provide this information to potential franchisees to help them make an […]
Once you have decided that you have a “franchise-able” concept, next you must determine whether franchising is the right step for you. Becoming a franchisor requires a substantial investment of time and money, but the rewards can be well worth it. Before you move forward, consider these factors to help you decide if you are […]
You have a successful business and are wondering if franchising makes sense. While there are many well-known and profitable companies, few become franchises. For every McDonald’s, Hertz, Choice Hotel, there are probably millions of businesses that could not and should not franchise. What makes a successful “franchise-able” business concept? The following factors are essential in […]
One of the first steps involved in buying or selling a franchise is the sharing of the Franchise Disclosure Document(FDD). Under federal and state law, the franchisor must give the FDD to a prospective franchisee. The FDD is intended to help ensure that franchisees can make informed decisions about whether to purchase the franchise. The last […]
As a franchisor, you know that clear communication matters. This is particularly important when one is considering entering into a relationship with a potential franchisee. So, consider making a face-to-face or video call interview a part of the franchise sales process. While an interview may not provide the answers for everything, it can help you […]