Beware of On-Line Franchise Reviews

Now that you are considering investing in a franchise you have probably seen numerous on-line reviews of different franchises.  Relying on these reviews can lead to a bad investment decision.  On-line reviews are often not objective or do not consider current economic conditions and trends. I work with my clients to help ensure that they follow a good due diligence process, and make an investment decision that is right for…

Franchises as a Business Investment

During this time of low interest rates and uncertain performance in equity markets investors are looking for other options.  Investing in a franchise business is a big decision, but by partnering with the right franchise brand the return can be significant.  Many franchise brand have business models that work well for a semi-passive owner, who still keeps their job, but has 10 to 15 hours a week to devote to…

Franchising Continues to Dominate New Business Development

A large majority of new retail or direct to consumer service businesses are franchises.  Franchises have proven operating systems, training, marketing and ongoing support.  Many of the top risks faced by new business owners are mitigated by being part of a proven, quality franchise system. This predominance of franchises in new business start-ups is not just a North American phenomena, but is occurring world wide.  In 2015, despite a slow…