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Amazon Business Opportunity

Franchise Gator has long helped budding entrepreneurs become a part of a larger name brand operation by way of buying a franchise or business opportunity. And now Amazon, one of the largest global companies, is offering the opportunity to lead a fleet of their delivery vehicles. Why would Amazon...Read More

By Eric Bell | Posted November 20, 2018

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Why Does a Trademark Matter to a Franchise?

Franchisees have a lot on their plate before they invest in purchasing a franchise. They need to interview with a franchisor, thoroughly read the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), incorporate the franchise to save on payroll FICA taxes, and file for a Doing Business As name (DBA). Trademarks...

Posted October 22, 2018

Now is a Great Time to Start a Business

There are a lot of reasons why now is a good time to take the leap and start a small business. 2018 and 2019 are both shaping up to be advantageous economically, thanks to 2018’s tax reform that benefits small businesses. Overall the health of the economy is positive. A study conducted by Intuit...

By | Posted October 15, 2018

A Quick Primer Inside the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

Before a franchisee makes the decision to invest in a franchise, they must thoroughly read the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). This document is typically provided to the franchisee by a franchisor once the franchisee has completed and submitted in their application. The FDD contains extensive...

Posted August 13, 2018

What's New in Franchise Financing for 2018

To the outsider, franchising may appear static. However, to those of us who specialize in this sector, we know that franchising is constantly changing and evolving. These evolutions not only require staying up to date, they necessitate changing strategies to offer effective, and current, advice...

By | Posted July 10, 2018

What Franchisees Need to Do Before Interviewing with a Franchisor

Franchisees who are serious about buying a franchise already know that they’ll need to undergo an interview with a franchisor before they can sign the franchise agreement and make the investment. Much like any interview, franchisees know they can’t walk in unprepared. They have to do their...

Posted July 02, 2018

5 Tips on Financing a Franchise

When it comes to financing a franchise, you have several options to choose from—withdrawing funds from your retirement account, small business administration loans, financing through the franchisor, home equity loans/second mortgages, borrowing from family or friends, or using your own savings....

By | Posted May 17, 2018

What's a DBA and Why Does It Matter to a Franchise?

Many entrepreneurs new to starting a small business know there are a few legal procedures they must accomplish before they can open up shop. Some of the primary ones include incorporating or forming an LLC to protect their assets, obtaining employer identification numbers (EINs) if they plan on...

Posted May 08, 2018

Before You Buy: 10 Questions to Ask a Franchisee

Prior to Investing in a Franchise, Interview Existing Franchisees First One of the most important steps in your journey to find the ideal franchise opportunity is what's known as validation. Validation refers to the process of interviewing franchisees who have bought into a concept that you have...

By | Posted April 23, 2018

The Increasing Role of Private-Equity Firms in Franchising

Those who are familiar with the business side of franchising may know that private-equity firms have viewed franchises as attractive investments. Due to several recent high-profile examples of private-equity companies purchasing franchises, this growing relationship has come into greater focus as...

By | Posted April 04, 2018

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