Rabu, 04 Februari 2009

Owning a Franchise: Getting Ready by Art Gib

. Rabu, 04 Februari 2009

With the recent economic events and cutbacks, individuals are looking for more creative ways to earn a living and become financially independent. Franchises may seem like a great idea: own your own company, create your own hours and reap the benefits. But owning a business like this is a lot of work, and should not be entered into lightly or hastily.

No matter what type of business you choose to become a part in, it requires a whole-hearted commitment and your most precious commodity: time. Your hard work will be needed to make the venture profitable. Here are some things you should know before you consider purchasing.

You'll need to remember that as a businessman, you don't only participate in the start up and then reap the rewards. Running a business is hard work, and you must be comfortable with all aspects of the business, from flipping burgers if it is a fast food franchise, to keeping accounting records. A high level of commitment is necessary, and if you want your venture to be successful, your time will be needed.

Consider how you deal with the general public? Most franchises offer goods and/or services to the public, and if your customer service skills leave much to be desired, you may want to rethink the desire to own a franchise. Remember that dealing with the public can be draining and tough, so if you are easily offended or don't have a toughened skin, this career is not for you.

Also examine if you are happy with the location that you are currently in. In opening or owning a company, you are making a long term commitment to the location in which you currently live, and if you were planning a move in the next five years, don't purchase a franchise. Franchises need a longer time than average businesses to become profitable, so make sure you're in it for the long haul before starting your relationship.

Have a clear picture of what is expected as far as daily operations involved with owning your own business. If the thoughts of accounting, insurance for franchises, hiring and firing employees and managing day to day tasks sound exhausting, it's because they are. Before purchasing, ask plenty of questions of the business owner as well as asking questions of other owners on your area. Go into the experience with your eyes wide open as far as the workload goes.

About the Author

All Franchise Insurance (http://www.allfranchiseinsurance.com/) offers quotes on insurance for franchise owners. Art Gib is a freelance writer.

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