Buying a franchise is not a simple decision. When you already have a background in the industry you’re interested in, it can seem like it’s merely a matter of raising funds for the investment. After all, working as an employee for a senior care company is just about the same as owning an at-home senior care franchise, right?
No matter how familiar you are with an industry, owning a franchise is a world apart from being an employee in a number of fundamental ways. Here are just a few of the common pitfalls for new franchise owners.
Not Being Prepared for Hard Work
Owning a franchise means becoming a part of a franchise family who will help you apply a franchise system successfully, answer questions, and support you in setting up your business. But despite the franchise system and its constraints, at the end of the day the business is yours.
When you are an employee, you can go home at the end of each work day, relax with your family, and think about other things. When you are a franchise owner, there are many long hours and a lot less relaxing in those first few years of business. If you are looking for a way to make money while you put your feet up, franchise ownership is not that path.
Not Wanting to Learn
With a good franchise system, you do not necessarily need experience in the industry to succeed, but many owners do have some level of experience before making their franchise purchase. Experienced owners are more likely to have difficulty following the franchise system and learning about the best way to run their new business. Franchisees love creativity and bringing new ideas to the table, but at the beginning new owners should expect to follow the proven system in which they are investing.
Thinking You Can’t Fail
When you work for a company and do a great job, you can expect some measure of job security. Even if that company fails, you lose your paycheck but little else. In franchise ownership, things are a lot different. New franchise owners make a significant investment when they buy the franchise program and along with that, take ultimate responsibility for the success of the franchise. That means if the franchise fails, you take the financial hit, and it is not as simple as sending out a few resumes to get back to where you once were.
On the flip side, your franchise’s success is your success. The beauty of a franchise system is that you are supported with proven methods, and, if you apply those methods correctly, you have an opportunity to make back your investment and much more over time.
Not Wanting to Make Hard Decisions
As a franchise owner, you will have to make hard decisions. Some of the most difficult challenges for franchise owners who were previously employees come with personnel. You will be responsible for choosing a team that will be able to help your franchise thrive, and, when one of those team members is not working out, you will be responsible for firing them. Almost no one likes firing people. However, when you go from employee to franchise owner, it can be one of the most difficult skills to learn.
Being a franchise owner can be extremely rewarding, but the transition from employee to franchise owner is not always an easy one. Going into the process with your eyes open, ready to work is imperative when moving from being employed to being your own boss. Making sure you have a clear picture of the work involved before making the move is one of the first steps towards franchise success.