Owning a business is a dream of many people and a franchise provides that opportunity. To help determine if franchise ownership is right for you, do your research. Talk to franchisees and franchisors. Research what type of business you would like to own, and look at the risk involved.
Start your research by performing an online search of “most successful franchises” and “least successful franchises.” The results change every year, so it will be important to do the research as you work through the decision-making process. As you start to narrow your selection, dig deeper into your list of franchise considerations. Search online for ownership satisfaction statistics, customer satisfaction statistics, and industry statistics to help solidify your choice of franchise.

Your personality may help point you in the right direction. If you like a systematic, disciplined approach to owning and operating a business, a franchise might be a good option. If you resist conformity and thrive on creativity, you might be better off not committing to a franchise. Keep an open mind and evaluate all your options. Arm yourself with knowledge. When looking at business ownership opportunities, people tend to lean in one direction or the other, franchise or independent business. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

Once you’ve decided what kind of business you want to own, it is time to start doing some more in-depth planning and business analysis. Whether you buy a franchise or start your own business from the ground up, your business will be more successful with a business plan.