Q & A
Welcome! Listed below are the typical questions that people have asked us. If you don’t see a question listed below that you have, please feel free to contact us directly.
If and use our proven franchise selection and investigation process, it will save you time and money — while also helping you avoid making costly mistakes. Also, our years of experience and careful pre-screening of franchise companies will help you understand why certain opportunities are better than others. We will show you the safer and most attractive business opportunities. If you have never evaluated a franchise company before, you will quickly see it can be an ominous task. It is easy to lose your objectivity without the guidance of an experienced person who is NOT beholden to counsel you to choose to take advantage of our expertise and any-one franchise company.
Our consultants will guide you through a very thorough and proven process designed to help you first assess and document your skills and goals — then to pre-qualify the types of business models you want to work with then to match you to franchise businesses within these models. They will obtain your responses to a great number of questions, such as:
With this information and more, I will be able to guide you and suggest franchise opportunities that match up well with what you seek in a business. With the thousands of franchise opportunities available today the search can be almost overwhelming. We have done a great deal of the work for you. We have carefully pre-screened hundreds of franchises and determined the best opportunities. We have companies in the fast food, specialty food, retail, business to business services, home based, serviced oriented, auto aftermarket. Opportunities range from $50,000 to several million dollars
More and more people are seeking ways to gain greater control of their lifestyle and income…and for qualified individuals, owning one’s own business is a proven method of achieving this control. Many employees have discovered that large corporations are not the haven of mutual loyalty, secure employment, rising pay raises, and a family oriented support that they once were. Perhaps you have found this to be true in your life. For many folks, being one’s own boss is a better alternative to the growing uncertainty found today in corporate America.
This all adds up to a reduced level of risk and a higher level of success. The bottom line is you can be in business for yourself but not by yourself.
What financial assistance is available?
Financing doesn’t have to be a daunting subject — there are many resources available to you (SBA Loans, 401K Rollover Loans, Home Equity Lines of Credit just to name a few) to raise the amount of investment capital you will need. But because the subject of financing is so broad and so important, we recommend you discuss this first, in general, with your consultant and then allow your consultant to introduce you to experts who can provide specific assistance.
How much cash do I need?
Each franchise company’s requirements are different but the minimum requirement to qualify for lower-priced franchise opportunities tends to be $20,000 liquid and $100,000 net worth. Few people pay cash for a new business. Typically a business loan is obtained. Our experienced consultant advisors will explain all of your financial options.
What is the Franchise Disclosure Document?
The Franchise Disclosure Document (referred to as the FDD or disclosure document– used to be called the UFOC) is the document that a franchise company is required by law to give to a prospective franchise buyer before the franchise can be purchased. This document covers information regarding the franchisor, its management, its financial history, and the material terms and conditions of the Franchisee/Franchisor relationship. It must explain to you all the initial costs of the franchise, the costs to start the business, any litigation the company has in its history, it must disclose the names and phone numbers of its existing owners, as well as past owners. The FDD was created to establish a consistent and uniform format for disclosure throughout the United States. Its intent is to provide a prospective franchise buyer with a good deal of information with which to make an informed decision. I will help you better understand information supplied in the FDD. Also, I will help you plan and organize calls to existing franchise owners for an, even more, thorough understanding of the business before you make any decision.
Do you have personal commitments or family conflicts that may affect your target opening date?
Unless you already own a suitable building, have existing office space, or are buying a home-based business, you will need to find a location for your franchise. The Franchise Agreement will include specific requirements regarding site selection and many even have relationships with real estate companies or in-house real estate departments whose jobs are to help you find locations.
Will my personal or financial information be sold to anyone? Absolutely not, this information cannot, by law, be shared with or sold to anyone without your sole permission.
When will you send my information to a Franchisor?
Our process is to send your information to the franchise companies after you have listened to the presentations. However, we only do when you have authorized us to do so.
If we did not answer all of your questions, please feel free to contact us and ask any other questions utilizing the form below. I am here for you.
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