Item 11 of the Franchise Disclosure Document is where franchisors are required to outline their obligations to help support franchisees before and after operations begin. Part of this assistance involves loaning the franchisee a copy of the franchisor’s operations manual (“Operations Manual”). The Operations Manual is a detailed document containing information on the standards and […]
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 […]
Franchise agreements provide for payment of royalties in exchange for the franchisee licensing the rights to use the franchisor’s trademarks, logos, service marks and systems of operation. The amount of royalties is typically based on a percentage of gross sales, a specified minimum amount, or the greater of the two. Gross sales are generally defined […]
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 […]
Opening a franchise may seem less risky than starting another type of business, but like all new businesses, it can require a significant upfront investment. Running out of money is a big reason why businesses fail. If you are thinking about buying a franchise, you must understand how much working capital you will need. Fortunately, […]
Over the last few years, public opinion has been moving toward legalizing at least some use of marijuana. Currently, thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have passed laws decriminalizing marijuana in specific instances. Most of these states allow medical marijuana use only, but at least 10 states also permit recreational use. Several other states […]