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14 Jun 2016 | Filed under: Getting started

Buying a Franchise: What Steps Should You Take?

When looking at buying a franchise, what are the steps you should take?

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Buying a franchise can be a huge step to make and, with such a wide range of franchise opportunities available, how do you ensure that you’re taking the right steps towards a successful future? We’re sharing our top tips on starting a franchise and how to choose the franchise opportunity that will work for you.

Which franchise opportunities fit with your existing skillset or interests?

When starting a franchise, you must ensure that the franchise opportunity fits with your skills and interests. Think about the skills gained from your previous career, is there anything that you excel in? Where does your passion lie? Choose a franchise opportunity that you will enjoy and can be enthusiastic about. To make sure your business is a success, you should be happy with the commitment you are making and understand that it is a long-term investment and not something you may lose interest in a few months down the line.

When looking at how to buy a franchise, this is one of the first steps you should take to help you narrow down your search and decide which type of franchise you would like to start.

By investing in an Auditel strategic cost management franchise, you will not only be given all the on-going training, mentoring and support you need, but will also be encouraged to put your existing skills and experience to good use. You will become part of the Auditel network which comprises of over 200 like-minded professionals with whom you can combine your skills to upsell your services to prospective clients.

Can you afford the franchise opportunities of your choice?

There are a variety of different investment levels when looking at buying a franchise. Consider if you can realistically afford the franchise opportunity and if it will provide you and your family with the lifestyle you’re looking for?

The Auditel franchise opportunity allows you to build a business that suits your lifestyle and needs. An Auditel franchise can be run from home in order to keep overheads, office and staff costs low and provide you with a better work-life balance. Should you wish, you can build the business and rent office space, once the opportunity arises. The variety of the business means that Auditel suits a range of investment levels and you can build the business to suit you.

Research the franchise opportunity

Complete your due diligence to make sure the franchise opportunity is everything it seems. When buying a franchise business, you will probably look at a range of opportunities before you decide on the one that’s right for you. Research the market and your local area to make sure there’s sufficient demand for the product or service you want to sell.

Speak to the franchisor and existing franchisees to find out more about the franchise opportunity and to find out whether or not the business will provide you with everything you’re looking for. Does the business match up to everything the franchisor tells you? Thorough research of the franchise opportunity will allow you to make a measured and informed decision about whether or not you wish to buy the franchise.

“My advice to anyone looking to buy a franchise would be to talk to franchisees. We talked to quite a few in order to find out about both the pros and cons of the business, it just made me feel more positive about the business opportunity,” Mike Keig, UK franchisee since September 2011.

Find out more about the Auditel franchise opportunity.

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