Building a Successful Business: Change the Game

menuHave you ever fallen in a rut? From relationships, to fitness, to your business, getting stuck in a rut is normal, but that doesn’t mean you can afford to be complacent.

Last year, I realized we had fallen into a boring rut with our gift giving to my daughter’s family, including her married kids. We were basically giving gift cards. It wasn’t working for me, so I decided to change the game. We hired a chef to prepare a delicious meal for 8 of us at my daughter’s home, and I had everyone there sign the menu, including the chef.

While it may have been an unconventional gift, it turned out to be the best gift we’ve given in some time because it was memorable. Obviously we’ve got quite a while until Christmas, so what does this have to do with your business? The answer is simple. When you know a strategy is not working, change it ASAP. You’ll be glad you did.

If you’re racking your brain trying to figure out how to take your business to the next level, we can help. Call me, Tom Rather, at 770-595-1055 to find out how you can franchise your business quickly and affordably! You can also contact us online and follow us on Facebook for the latest franchising news and business tips.

Top Franchise Industries of 2014

barbershop entranceBusiness owners often consider franchising, but second guess whether or not their business is “right” for franchising. As we’ve previously discussed, almost any type of business can be franchised successfully. However, some business models lend themselves particularly well to franchising, and some are poised to reach even greater successes in 2014. Take a look at some of the top franchise businesses for 2014, according to Entrepreneur. They provide some good insights into the way franchising helps businesses grow nationwide or even globally.

  • Anytime Fitness– This 2,500 gym strong fitness franchise has achieved great success by focusing on convenience and culture, with 24/7 access and a welcoming, motivating atmosphere.
  • Subway– Subway’s success is simple, but also brilliant. A familiar format, quality ingredients, name recognition, and a reputation as a healthy alternative to other fast food options has made the sandwich shop a hit around the world, with new locations opening last year in Djibouti, Estonia, and Kenya. Restaurant franchising is often the first thing people think of when they hear the word “franchising, ” and Subway illustrates that perfectly with consistent quality from airports to malls to college campuses.
  • Supercuts– The beauty industry is big business, and that makes franchising salons a great choice for motivated business owners. Supercuts goes above and beyond by sending a team of trainers around to provide continuing education to the stylists, a perfect example of the importance of training franchisees well.

Still wondering if your business is right for franchising? Don’t wait; call Tom Rather today at 770-595-1055! 

 

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Personalized, Affordable Franchising

businessman holding computerHere at Franchise ASAP, we have franchised dozens of businesses all over America, in industries ranging from home healthcare, to restaurants, to home improvement, and everything in between! We offer affordable franchising that gets you ready to sell franchises and train franchisees quickly, and we always strive to provide great customer service. Unlike other franchising companies, you will get personal attention from our President, Tom Rather, ensuring a great start for your franchise business.

Of course, you shouldn’t take our word for it. Check out a great testimonial we received unsolicited from one of our happy clients.

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to let you know that we at Goliath Tech have gone through the process of using Franchise ASAP to write up our US franchise contracts. The team at Franchise ASAP is unbelievably efficient, on time and listened exactly to what we needed. We are very happy to have worked with Toni and Tom Rather and the whole team at Franchise ASAP and we fully recommend using them for franchise agreements. Just so you know we were not asked to make a reference letter, we decided on our own to write this as we were so impressed with the perfect service we received during this process.

Best Regards,

Julian Reusing, Chairman of the Board, Goliath Tech Incorporated

Are you ready to  franchise your business in just 6 weeks? If so, contact Franchise ASAP today! Call Tom Rather at 770-595-1055, and don’t forget to keep in touch with us on Facebook.

 

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5 Franchise Business Resolutions for the New Year

new year 2014 Can you believe it’s a new year already? As you reflect on the New Year’s resolutions that lie ahead of you, don’t forget to make some resolutions for your business. With the new year comes new opportunities to take your business to the next level, and we can help you do just that at Franchise ASAP.

Don’t wait another year to make the leap and franchise your business. Make these 5 franchise business resolutions, then give us a call at 770-595-1055 to speak with Tom Rather and  get started with the franchise development process.

Describe what makes your business unique

What separates your company from the competition? Franchisees and customers alike are buying your vision, so it’s imperative that you know exactly what it is, and how it differs from your competition, from quality and service to culture and brand identity.

Know what makes your business profitable

In order to successfully franchise your business, you need to have a good grasp on the overall financial picture and exactly what makes your business profitable. How many stores do you have? Exactly how profitable are they? How do overhead expenses, hiring decisions, and other factors affect your revenue?

Document your company’s procedures

Franchising is all about consistency, so in order to train your franchisees and provide a consistent customer experience at all locations, you should be able to clearly explain the processes and procedures of day-to-day business. Everything involved in the operation of your business should be documented, from opening to closing and everything in between.

Identify why you want to franchise

What do you think you will gain by franchising? There are many benefits of franchising, but you need to be clear on why you want to franchise.

Figure out how you will finance franchising your business

Franchising is a good business move for many businesses and can double or triple your profits, but you still have to pay the initial costs of franchise development. Fortunately we offer franchise financing for you and even your franchisees. Contact us today to discuss our franchise financing options.

 

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Franchise Your Business in 2014

new year 2014 As the year draws to a close, all of us at Franchise ASAP are thankful that we have had the opportunity to help so many motivated entrepreneurs franchise their businesses throughout the year, and we are looking forward to even more franchise development in 2014!

From restaurants and boutiques to home healthcare businesses and educational services, and everything in between, if you have a profitable business model, we can franchise your business quickly and affordably. Don’t wait another year to double or even triple your profits without investing more money or hiring more employees.

So, how does franchising work? It’s so simple, you’ll wish you had done it sooner.

How you make money from franchising your business

  • We help you develop a franchise by drawing up franchise documents, and even assisting with franchise financing and franchise sales. You can be ready to sell franchises in just 6 weeks and train your franchisees 6 weeks after that.
  • Each franchisee pays you a royalty every month. This royalty is a percentage of their gross sales for a 10-year renewable term.
  • The sale of one franchise pays for your franchise development costs. The sale of 4 franchises doubles your company’s current profits!

Why you should choose Franchise ASAP

Why choose us as your franchise development team? First of all, you will get affordable, fast, and personal attention from our president and principal, Tom Rather. But our affordable franchising and hands-on service is just the beginning. Take a look at some testimonials from happy clients who have franchised with us.

“Their participation made this process easier and faster than I had been told or expected.”

— Mike G. (waste services)

 “Awesome to be able to work with such trustworthy real people who are so qualified and caring. THANKS!!”

— Chris F. (window care)

 “They’re helpful, responsive, and professional. Not to mention easy to work with.”

— Tammy G. (children’s clothing boutique)

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level with affordable franchising, contact us today! Call Tom Rather at 770-595-1055, and don’t forget to check out our FREE franchising ebook.

 

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How is Franchising Different Than Business Ownership?

managing franchiseesWhen you want to increase your profits and expand your business, franchising is often the best way to do that. However, some franchisors are surprised by the changes that come from franchising a business. Is franchising your business right for you? Read on to learn how things will change when you are a franchisor and not just a small business owner.

By franchising your business, you’ll need to transition at least partially from doing whatever your business is, to acting as a franchisor. What does that mean? Well, your time will initially be filled with selling franchises and training franchisees. This will be ongoing, as well as providing continuing support to your franchisees, from training and education to marketing and branding.

You will have to develop new skills like sales, training, and marketing. If you hire sales people, trainers, and marketers to fulfill those tasks, you will need to oversee them and guide the overall direction of the company.

Another thing some franchisors struggle with is loss of control. It’s true, your franchisees will probably do some things different than you would. However, this can be mitigated in a couple ways.

  • First, sell franchises to franchisees who embody the culture and spirit of your company. Franchisees are already going to be more motivated than most employees, because they are business owners taking a risk, not employees in it for a paycheck.
  • Second, you can guide your franchisees and promote best practices by creating a comprehensive franchise operations manual and providing comprehensive training. The training and knowledge you provide will help them understand why things need to be done a certain way. However, it is also important to allow enough autonomy that your franchisees can be innovative! They are motivated business owners who want to succeed. Your role as franchisor is to help them do that, so they can make a living and you can continue receiving royalty payments.

If you want to franchise your business quickly and affordably, call Tom Rather today at 770-595-1055. Our affordable franchise development team can have you ready to sell franchises in just 6 weeks, and ready to train your franchisees in another 6 weeks. Don’t wait another day to become a franchisor!

 

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Should You Hire a Franchise Consulting Company?

frustrated business owner

Don’t worry, we can take the headache out of franchising your business.

Franchising your business is a great way to expand without the capital and risks involved with opening company-owned locations, but do you know how to franchise? While you don’t have to hire a franchise consultant, the complicated, expensive process can be hard to navigate for most people. Read on to learn why working with a franchise development company could be the right choice for you.

Fewer costly mistakes now AND later

If you have never franchised a business before, you are probably unfamiliar with the process and the potential pitfalls of the many decisions you will have to make in the beginning. The decisions you make during the franchising process will affect your business for years to come, so it’s well worth it to work with an experienced franchise consultant who can help you make those hard decisions.  In addition to business decisions, there are many federal and state laws with which franchisors must comply. Unless you are well-versed in franchise law, it’s easy to trip up.

Franchise financing and sales

Just because you file a Franchise Disclosure Document with the FTC doesn’t mean you will be able to sell franchises. Here at Franchise ASAP, we can help you close more franchise deals with our 4 step sales process. We also offer franchise financing to help expand your pool of possible franchisees.

To get started franchising your business, call Tom Rather today at 1-866-361-9940. We can have you selling franchises in just 6 weeks and training your first franchisee in another 6 weeks!

 

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Starting a Franchise: How to Target New Locations

adding business locationsIf you are interested in starting a franchise business, you will soon realize that targeting new locations and markets is vital to the long-term success of your franchise. There are two aspects to this:

  • Choosing regional markets in which to focus your franchise sales efforts
  • Choosing specific franchise locations that set your franchisees up for success

Choosing where to sell franchises

Many franchises start local and grow regionally, then nationally and even internationally. Whether or not this is a good model for you will depend on the type of business you are franchising, but focusing on dominance in a particular regional market that you understand can help you establish a strong base for your franchise company before selling franchises in new markets that require more research and may have different cultural and economic implications that you will need to take into account.

Choosing successful franchise locations

Depending on your franchise agreement, you may have veto power when it comes to your franchisees’ locations. While one of the benefits of franchising is that your franchisee assumes most of the risk when opening new locations, it is still in your best interests to have a hand in the selection of new locations.

The location of your franchises not only affects their financial success, but also the brand image overall. Consider the type of customers you are targeting. Where do they shop, dine out, or go for entertainment? That’s where you want to be. If a franchisee wants to open up shop in a location that is incompatible with your brand, it’s time to step in.

If you are ready to franchise your business, call Tom Rather at 1-866-361-9940 to learn how Franchise ASAP can help you franchise your business quickly and affordably.

 

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Looking for Franchise Help? Download Our Free Franchising eBook

increase business successYou’ve made the decision to expand your business, and now it’s time to learn how franchising can help you do just that. Your first step should be downloading our free franchising ebook.

Our franchising ebook, Why I’m Going to Franchise My Business And Why You Should, Too! provides:

  • Testimonials from a few of our many satisfied franchising clients
  • How franchising works by the numbers
  • The pros and cons of franchising your company
  • Information about finding and training franchisees

Once you have familiarized yourself with the basics of franchising in our ebook, contact Franchise ASAP for a free franchise evaluation. We will help you determine the best course of action for franchising your business and walk you through the process from start to finish. In addition to franchise development, we also offer franchise financing for both you, the franchisor, and your future franchisees.

If you are ready to franchise your business, it’s important to have an experienced franchise development team on your side. We offer turnkey franchise development to our clients, and you can rest assured that you will work directly with our principal, Tom Rather. You can franchise your business for less than $20,000 and in less than 6 weeks with our help, so don’t wait!

Call Tom Rather at 1.866.361.9940 to get started. You can also contact us via email, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up-to-date on the latest in franchising and industry advice to grow your small business.

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Benefits of Franchising: Training Franchisees

franchising-business-plan-diagramAs we have discussed before, franchising your business does involve giving up some direct control- after all, your franchisees own their own businesses under your company’s name, they are not your employees. While this does give them more autonomy, it does not mean that you have no control over the quality of service and product they produce. To set your franchisees and yourself up for success, it all comes down to training.

3 things to remember about training franchisees

  • One of the benefits of working with franchisees instead of managers  is that your franchisees will generally be much more motivated to make the business succeed because they are taking a financial risk. If you have chosen your franchisees wisely, they will greet training and educational measures enthusiastically.
  • Franchisees require more extensive and detailed training than would normally be given to employees, but once their training is complete, they will be much more self-sufficient. Once the training period is over, your role as a franchisor becomes like that of an adviser, rather than a manager. You will be there to offer advice when needed, but not to oversee the minutiae of daily business.
  •  The most important training tool for your company is the Franchise Operations Manual. This document needs to be extremely detailed, comprehensive, and easy to understand. It is not only instrumental in the initial training of franchisees, but will also help them adhere to your company standards when they are back in the field. The quality of your training and Operations Manual will ultimately determine the consistency of your franchises- and consistency is the reason consumers often choose to patronize franchises in the first place.

Ready to get started franchising your business? Call me, Tom Rather, today at 1.866.361.9940 or contact Franchise ASAP online. Our franchise consulting and franchise development services will help set you up for franchise success!

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