“If you want to go somewhere fast, go alone. If you want to go somewhere far, go together.” This ancient African proverb captures the very essence of franchising, an industry where you never have to go it alone. It begins the minute you sit down with a qualified FranNet representative who lives and works in your own community. And it extends through the life cycle of your franchise, as other franchisees in the system always have your back. In between, the constant presence of corporate support from the brand you bought into will be permanently available to your operation.
The teamwork aspect of franchising is unique in the quest to become your own boss. Start a business from scratch and who do you have to count on besides your family and friends? If you buy an existing business from someone that isn’t a franchise, your assistance will depend upon the former owner’s grace and interest level. But with franchising, the path is always illuminated by those willing to lend a helping hand.
One thing you should understand about franchisors is that they have a vested interest in seeing you succeed. If you win, they win—and they’ll fight for you at every turn. Along with your FranNet representative, the franchisor will help guide you through the investigative process. They’re there to answer your questions, allay your concerns and promote a future in which you’re in command of a franchise brand they’re protecting.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the franchise investigative process is called the validation stage. That’s where the franchisor puts you in direct contact with several existing franchisees in the system. You’ll have the chance to pick their brain, ask some relevant questions and retain some excellent advice from those who have already established their businesses. Not only will these validation calls paint a vivid picture of doing business within the franchise, they’ll also put you in position to avoid a few common pitfalls which may be specifically relevant to the individual brand. Many franchisees rate this part of the process as one of the most enlightening steps in the overall journey.
Once you’ve settled on a particular franchise concept and signed on the dotted line, you’re now an official member of the team. Many franchisors set up elaborate guidance programs for new franchisees, some of which feature weekly check-ins. Others help you plan, execute and pull off attention-grabbing grand opening events. And most, if not all, offer some form of 24-hour assistance, should you need advice in a pinch.
As you can see, franchising offers you a group support mentality. It’s designed to operate this way because the success of the individual franchisees is of tantamount importance to the franchisor. That’s why many franchise brands go out of their way to outline and promote the support programs they provide. When you’re proud of something, you illuminate it.
If you’re ready to see what real support and backing looks like once you embark on an entrepreneurial journey, let us be the first stop. FranNet has stacked our 30-year reputation on seeing that your every need is met during your franchise investigative journey. Once provided with a few franchise concepts to consider, and a choice is made, you’ll meet the next set of your central supporting cast, the brand. And then you’ll be introduced to your new franchise family—all the other existing franchisees in the system. At every turn, you’ll feel the support and attention that only franchising can provide.
Mark Twain once wrote, “No man is a failure who has friends.” When you make the decision to join the franchise life, you’ll see exactly what he meant.
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