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By Sanjeev Kumar
Founding Attorney

Buying a Franchise

Entrepreneurs looking to take on the business world but not wanting to build up a business from the ground up may finding buying a franchise to be an attractive option. A franchise can be a lucrative business endeavor and one where branding, pricing, marketing, and other business structures are already in place. Having a successful franchise, however, is not a guarantee. The time and financial investment you need to go in on a franchise is substantial and merits careful consideration prior to diving in.

What Should I do Before Buying a Franchise?

Before you buy a franchise, take some time to reflect on yourself. Assess your strengths and weaknesses, your experience and expertise. Does all of this align with the type of franchise you are considering? Additionally, consider whether you think you have the right personality to take this type of business model. When you are buying a franchise, you are essentially buying a kind of business package. There will be rules and regulations pertaining to all aspects of how your franchise is operator. You will be tasked with implementing these things as opposed to if you were to start your own business and you could create your own system. Being in charge of implementation rather than creation works better for some people than others.

In addition to assessing your personality, you will also need to assess your finances. Many franchises set minimum requirements for franchise purchasers. These requirements pertain mainly to the buyer’s experience and their personal finances. Find out how your credit score is looking. Review whether your net worth allows you to make the often large initial investment required to purchase a franchise. You will need a certain amount of cash on hand to buy the franchise or at least make a down payment if you have secured financing. After all of this, you will still need some sort of cash flow to cover your living expenses while you are starting off the franchise. What kind of outside income do you have to cover these expenses? Some financial experts advise that you have enough outside income or available financial resources to cover six months of franchise expenses and one year of personal living expenses.

You will also need to do extensive research into a particular franchise before you make such a significant purchase. Find out as much as you can about what it means to purchase a franchise. Look up all you can about the franchise you are considering. Check out any available reviews. One of the best ways to know about what you are getting into is to talk to people who have already bought into the franchise. If you can find someone who has already gone down this road, ask them about the experience. Pros? Cons? Hidden costs? Risks and potential problems that might not be clearly visible at the outset? Learn from them and any potential regrets they might have. You might also want to go so far as to try working at a franchise store to get a real first hand look at the day to day operations. It will give you a real feel for the company culture.

Texas Business Law Attorney Working with You On Your Franchise Journey

Buying a franchise is a big and exciting endeavor. Make sure you are starting off on the right foot by hiring some professional help. At The Kumar Law Firm, we can give you information and resources that help set you up for success. Contact us today.

About the Author
Sanjeev Kumar is the founder and principal at the Kumar Law Firm, which provides a wide range of legal services to entrepreneurs and business owners in the area of business & corporate law and intellectual property along with related areas of interest to clients such as business succession planning, wealth preservation through estate planning, and alternate dispute resolution.