Are you interested in buying a franchise? Do you already have a franchise in mind that you would like to be a part of?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might think that your first step is to get in touch with the person in charge of new franchises or franchise sales. This should NOT be your first step. Your first step is to find a business broker familiar with franchise sales and hire them to help you.
Why? Don’t the franchises themselves have people who can help me?
They do, and they don’t. Some franchises do have a business intermediary or business broker of sorts, but what you need to question is where the loyalties of a broker employed by the franchise will be. They most certainly will not be with you.
Something else you should know. The commission paid to a business broker at the close of a business sale is paid by the seller of the business. Franchise companies without an in-house broker will essentially use the broker who is the lowest bidder. Is that the kind of person you want helping you? Buying a business is a major personal investment; you will definitely want quality instead of someone else’s bargain.
When you are buying a franchise, you want someone on your side who can help you through the ins and out of the process. Using an affiliate of the franchise might not be the best fit for you, so do a bit of homework beforehand and get yourself a broker who is qualified, experienced and above all there to assist YOU.
Are you interested in buying a franchise, but you have questions about how to begin? Would you like to know what types of franchise businesses are currently for sale in the areas you’re interested in? Ask us! Please feel free to leave us a comment or question here, and we will be happy to assist you on the road to franchise ownership.