Just like your favourite pair of jeans, the right franchise opportunity should feel comfortable and allow you to move through your everyday tasks easily. What fits one person does not necessarily fit everyone. Here are some things you might want to consider about the franchises you’re evaluating:
A good franchisor will not push you to decide before you’re ready, but once you do decide, they expect you to put your full energy into the business.
People often tell us that they’ve had a deep and lifelong desire to be an entrepreneur. From a young age, they knew they were meant to be in business for themselves. So why didn’t they take action before now? Maybe the timing just wasn’t right.
Delaying your dream business opportunity can be a good thing. Ask yourself:
Starting a business takes more time, energy and focus than operating the same business once it’s established. Get your business off to a fair start by ensuring you can devote sufficient time, attention and resources to your new venture.
Delaying your dream business might also be a bad thing if it’s done for the wrong reasons. If you wait for the stars to align perfectly, you’ll wait forever. There’s never a “perfect” time to start your business. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith. If you take that leap with the training, advice and systems of a great franchise partner beside you, so much the better.
Only you know the reasons why you want to start a business, but a good franchisor will help you analyze whether your “why” is compelling enough.
Humans are prone to inertia, and often people put up with a less-than-ideal situation for a really long time because we’re all more than a little afraid of change. Your “Why” has to be stronger than your fear of change for you to take action.
Sometimes the prompt to finally take action is one big thing:
Sometimes it’s a series of small things that pile up until the final straw forces you to make a decision: