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How to Safeguard Against Franchise Fraud in 2019

The case for buying, owning, and operating a franchise can seem quite compelling: You, at least in a sense, own your own business, but you’re not alone during the operation. You have some latitude to operate independently — yet you also should have access to assistance from the franchisor. The...Read More

By Elliot Ginsburg | Posted January 28, 2019

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How Significant are Royalty Fees?

Most people who have a general knowledge about franchising know that every franchisor charges a royalty fee. A franchise owner is contractually obligated to pay the franchisor a portion of their sales over the life of the agreement. The payment is normally made on a weekly basis. However, there...

By | Posted January 02, 2019

Consider Local Factors Before Purchasing a Franchise

Although the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) is a uniform document providing information about a franchise organization, there are many aspects about owning and operating a franchise that vary from state to state. This can include taxes, real estate leasing prices, operational costs and local...

By | Posted December 12, 2018

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...

By | Posted November 20, 2018

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

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