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Process of How to Buy Existing Resale Franchise Units

See below the video for a bullet point summary of the video

    • Selecting the Right Franchise to Invest in:
      • Does the franchise concept suit your skill set?
        • Retail versus B2B (Business to Business) demand different skills and personality traits to successfully operate.
        • Even different retail businesses require different skills and strengths, so make sure to choose a franchise that suits who you are.
      • Do you meet the financial qualifications of the Franchisor?
        • Most Franchises have clearly minimum Total Net Worth & Liquid Capital Amount requirements
    • Investigating the local market
      • Is the local market that you are considering actually a good market for the franchise brand?
      • Are new stores opening in the area or are they closing?
    • Negotiating The Purchase Agreement
      • How much is the Franchise Transfer Fee?
      • Who is going to pay it?  The buyer, the seller or a 50/50 split?
      • How much time is left in the current Franchise Agreement?
      • Are there going to be Upgrades required to unit locations?
        • If so, which upgrades and how much will they cost?
        • Will you get a discount on the purchase to offset upgrade costs?
    • Due Diligence
      • Unlike with buying a new franchise, when you buy an existing franchise business, you get Financials to review, to see hard numbers.
      • Franchisors can’t make representations about Profitability of new units.
      • Is the existing lease affordable & favorable to the profitability of the store?
    • Purchase & Takeover Timeframe
      • Closing Escrow won’t happen until the franchise training is complete.
      • Where will be training be held?  At Corporate headquarters, at a local unit, or the unit(s) you are attempting to purchase?
      • When will Franchisor Training be?  Find out the schedule, as the upcoming trainings might be full, which could delay the closing of your escrow by weeks or even months.
      • How soon after taking over will any upgrades be need to be completed?
    • Additional Benefits
      • Potentially easier to qualify for bank financin Due to having existing financials versus trying to open one from scratch.
      • Support from the seller, in addition to the standard support offered by the Franchisor


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