If you are looking for the quickest path to success in business ownership, then owning a franchised business is your best bet.

The time and effort you will save in getting up and running, and the immediate brand recognition, will put you leaps and bounds ahead of others who start a business from scratch. And when you combine that with the support of a national organization invested in your success, your chances of financial and personal reward are multiplied!

But before you dive into franchise ownership, there are some important questions you should ask.

How much does it cost to start a franchise?

This may be the number one question to ask. Every franchise opportunity has certain costs and fees required, and they can vary greatly from one franchisor to the next. You will need to find out not only the fees involved, but what they cover.

Is financing available?

This is also important, as you should know all your options for financing your new venture.

Does the franchise have territorial restrictions?

You will want to know if the franchise will allow others to open in your area, or if you will have your own protected territory.

What type of support will I get from the franchisor?

Most franchisors consider your success their success. You will often receive outstanding support such as training, staffing help, marketing assistance, vendor guidance, and much more. You need to take advantage of everything the franchisor has to offer.

Do I need a business plan?

While everyone should have a strong business plan before opening the doors, the franchisor probably has a detailed, proven plan for success. Find out what that is.

What is the track record of the franchise?

Of course, you will want to know the success rate of the franchise you are about to invest in. Does it have a good reputation? What do other franchise owners think about the franchisor?

Should I have an attorney look over the franchise agreement before I sign?

Yes. You are taking a huge step for your future, so absolutely have an attorney that specializes in franchises help you out. A professional Franchise Consultant can help you find the right attorney.

While you will no doubt have even more questions, these will give you a great start. You will soon find out that when you choose the franchise that is the perfect fit for you, the one that gives you the support you need for success, you will be well on your way to creating a very satisfying financial and personal future for yourself.

Franchise Matchmakers is a team of franchising professionals that are dedicated to helping people explore business ownership as a career path.  Contact them at  info@franchisematchmakers.com to find out more about franchising options that are perfect for you.