Welcome back to the second part of Franchising 101, finding the perfect franchise for you. You’ve already learned some of the helpful tips to consider when weighing your options in hopes of finding your perfect franchise fit. Now, you’re ready to begin the search and put those tips to use!
Okay, I’m ready to evaluate…how do I find the companies? Fishing for the right company is overwhelming. There are many fish and almost as many ponds. Some people choose to begin their search from the comfort of their homes, in person, or through third party assistance.
Visit sites such as www.franchise.com, www.franchisegator.com, www.franchisesolutions.com, and many others that exist to help you find what you’ve been looking for. See something that grabs your attention? Visit the company’s direct website and gather as much knowledge about their offerings, culture, and education process as you can.
Many of the world’s top franchise companies exhibit their opportunities at tradeshow style expos that showcase what they have to offer. Check for local shows in your area or plan to attend one of the three major national shows in franchising in Anaheim, CA, Houston, TX, or New York, NY featuring hundreds of franchise concepts.
This type of third party assistance can help you narrow down your choices. A Franchise Consultant will spend time getting to know you and present you with options based on your interests. They help play matchmaker and guide you through the process of mutual investigation.
The search for the perfect franchise can be overwhelming and the right answer can seem elusive. With patience, commitment, and an open mind, anyone can find the perfect fit. Like all relationships, getting to know each other is key; spend the time, ask as many questions as you need to make a decision based on both the head and the heart. Happy searching!