Things you need to know before becoming a franchise owner

By Chloe Smith

Owning your very own business can be incredibly rewarding. The feeling of accomplishment, of success, not to mention the money, all of these are amazing perks. But, it can be quite difficult getting it up and running. That’s why some people decide to run a licensed, franchise branch of a company.

Depending on the franchise, you can get even more money and freedom, with a smaller investment on your part. You can even look at it as entrepreneurial training, a stepping stone to something much larger. Still, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind. Read on to find out.

You need to be passionate

While we don’t expect you to be absolutely passionate and obsessed with your franchise’s products, you need to at least respect it. Don’t just choose the first franchise you think you can run. Actually see if you respect the company, the way it does business, what it stands for.

Furthermore, it’s going to be difficult, just as if you’re starting your own company. You need to be passionate about the work itself. You need to enjoy running a business, and a business of a certain type. Some require a boss who is prim and proper, doing things by the book. They have a very set plan and goal, with very little creativity and freedom.

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For example, should you choose to invest in a fast growing franchise in Australia that specializes in bubble tea, all you will need to do is to contact them, and they will be there almost every step of the way, guiding you through the process of finally being a franchisee. Ultimately, it is up to you to choose what would be the best strategy.

It won’t be easy

Most people think that it’s easier getting a franchise deal when you compare it to running a company. And that is true to a certain extent. You already have a developed brand behind you. You have good logistics, a set plan, and the initial investment is smaller. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard work.

You are still running a (small) company. This franchise deal will require that you invest money, time, and energy. The stress of running your own business is the same. In fact, you will need to learn how to manage your stress, otherwise, there is a high chance of you burning out.

You will need some advice (and maybe help)

There is no shame in asking for help. If you just listen to people who have more experience than you do, you can learn a lot. However, we advise you to keep it as specific to your situation as possible. Speak with entrepreneurs, managers, read books, educate yourself, continually.

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Not all franchise are created equal, as we’ve already mentioned. But this isn’t just about respecting the company and finding yourself. No, you need to get a sense of what the day-to-day working of this franchise is like. Furthermore, you need to know what to focus on if you actually want to open it. Does the franchise seller look desperate? Maybe it’s sinking, and they want to squeeze as much money as they can. What is the turnover rate? Will you have any training or support, or are you out on your own? Is their system and structure constantly shifting?

Then, focus on the location. Find some place that sees a lot of traffic, but that isn’t completely oversaturated by other shops. Figure out your budget, and get down to getting all the licenses you need. Get the right people, and learn how to motivate and direct them.


Buying a franchise is an exciting and ambitious goal, but it’s not something that should be taken lightly. Think long and hard about the franchise you’re interested in. Is it something you can invest your life into? If so, get some advice, avoid the common pitfalls, and get at i!


Chloe Smith is a design enthusiast and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success. When she’s not working, she’s probably somewhere cuddled up with a good book, and a cup of lemongrass tea (or more honestly binge-watching the newest Netflix hit show).


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