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The Ultimate Guide for “How to own a franchise”

Buying a franchise can seem like a daunting task, but when you break it down into manageable steps, it’s easier and quicker than you‘ve probably imagined.

How to Own a Franchise

Here are the key steps you should consider when exploring franchise ownership.

Step 1: Research and Self-Assessment: As with anything you explore in life, understanding your “why” is key! Start your franchise ownership journey by identifying your personal interests, skills, financial capabilities, and goals. Consider your experience, passion, and the lifestyle you desire as a franchise owner. This self-assessment will help you narrow down the options and find the right fit. Once you know your “why,” start researching industries that may fit! For more information check out our Franchise 101 course.

Step 2: Explore Franchise Opportunities: Once you have a clear understanding of your goals and preferences, start exploring various franchise opportunities. Be warned, there are over 4,000 franchises for sale! It can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Look for reputable franchise directories (beware, many franchise directories are set up to collect your information and distribute it out to the masses), attend franchise expos, and consult with franchise consultants (that’s us!) who can assist you in finding suitable options. Once you have a shortlist, review the franchise disclosure documents (FDDs) to gather important information about the franchisor, including fees, support, and expectations. FDDs can be filled with jargon, and could be difficult to decipher. Consulting an expert to be sure you understand the document would be helpful. Explore our Find a Franchise Database

Step 3: Conduct Due Diligence: Once you've identified a franchise or two that interest you, conduct thorough due diligence. This involves speaking with existing franchisees to gain insight into their experiences, profitability, and support from the franchisor. Additionally, review the FDD in excruciating detail, consult with legal and financial professionals, and assess the franchise's reputation and market potential.

Step 4: Get Your Finances in Line: We almost wanted to list this as the first step, as it will help you determine which opportunities are truly within reach for you. Moreover, if your finances aren’t yet ready, this step can help you start down a path to get where you need to be. But who wants to limit their potential so early in the game! Determine the financial requirements for your dream franchise, including the initial investment, ongoing fees, and working capital. Explore financing options such as bank loans, Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, personal savings, 401Ks, borrowing from family, or even crowdfunding like GoFundMe. It's crucial to have a clear understanding of the financial commitment involved and ensure you have the necessary resources to proceed. Check out Franchise Funding for more info

Step 5: You’ve Made It! Time to Sign the Franchise Agreement: Once you've completed your due diligence and secured funding, it's time to sign the franchise agreement. This legally binding document outlines the rights and responsibilities of both the franchisor and franchisee. It's important to carefully review all terms and seek expert and legal advice to ensure you fully understand the agreement before signing.

Step 6: Training and Launch: After signing the franchise agreement, you'll typically receive comprehensive training from the franchisor. This training equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate the franchise successfully. Following the training, you'll work closely with the franchisor to launch your franchise and start serving customers.

Remember, each franchise opportunity may have unique steps and requirements, so it's essential to follow the specific guidelines provided by the franchisor. Additionally, seeking guidance from professionals experienced in franchise ownership, such as consultants, lawyers, or accountants, can help you navigate the process more smoothly.

Hope this guide has answered your question “How to Own a Franchise!”

Best of luck on your journey to franchise ownership! It’s an exciting and fun adventure. We’re here any time you’d like some help. Whether you have one question or all the questions – we’d be honored to help you realize your franchise dream. Let's chat when you're ready!



About the Authors

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Hello! We’re Jennifer & Matt Lucas, we’ve been helping people like you find the perfect franchise for over a decade. We absolutely love helping you navigate the journey to franchise ownership. Helping you not just find the perfect business, but discover your passion and goals for business ownership is what we love about what we do! 


We hope our franchise resources will help you, and we hope to quickly become your new favorite franchise experts! If you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask!  

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