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How to Buy a Franchise: Making Your Decision

1851 Franchise’s “How to Buy a Franchise” Masterclass reveals the final considerations you should ponder before making the decision to invest in a franchise opportunity or not.

By Jeff DwyerStaff Writer
1:13PM 01/31/24

Congratulations on reaching the last step of the franchise buying process! After thoroughly researching your options, defining your “Why,” and evaluating the business opportunity, you’re now poised to make a crucial decision: move forward and sign the franchise agreement or not? 

In this episode of the “How to Buy a Franchise” Masterclass, 1851 Franchise publisher Nick Powills guides you through the last few moments before you officially embark on your journey as a first-time franchisee. 

Final Considerations 

Before you sign the franchise agreement, it can be immensely beneficial to go back and consider why you started down this path in the first place. Make sure your head is in the right space; be confident in your decision and commitment to the journey ahead. Reflect on the initial motivations and aspirations that led you to explore franchise ownership. 

“Buying a franchise is not easy,” said Powills. “Being an entrepreneur is hard. Being a small business owner is hard. There’s a lot of loneliness at the top.” 

Although being a franchise owner can be an incredibly rewarding venture, remember that there will be a lot of weight on your back. In addition to handling the day to day operations, as well as paying employees and an ongoing royalty, you’ll also be responsible for the overall success and reputation of the franchise in your designated territory.

Be Prepared

Something else worth considering is that after you’ve signed the franchise agreement, there will be a period of downtime between signing and opening. During this time, you’ll have to undergo training, locating and leasing a space, promoting your grand opening and recruiting staff. This downtime is one of the reasons why it’s so important to have ample operating capital. Entering the franchise space with limited funds isn’t ideal. Having some savings on hand is highly recommended for avoiding unnecessary stress, especially if you decide to transition from your current job to become a full-time franchise owner and operator. 

It’s a Partnership 

Keep in mind that, as a franchisee, you’re entering a long-term partnership with the franchisor. When franchisors invest their energy and effort in you, it signals their belief in your potential as a valuable franchisee and their desire for you to be part of their system. As such, you should approach this potential partnership with dedication and courtesy. 

“Be respectful. Try to make your decision, from start to finish, within a 90-day time frame,” said Powills. 

If you need help finding a franchise, consider checking out for more information. If this Masterclass has helped you find a franchise, congratulations! And from all of us at 1851 Franchise, we wish you the best of luck on your new venture!