If you have ever dreamed of running your own business but the thought of being out there all alone is a little too daunting, then joining a franchise could be the right option for you. When you join a franchise, you get the best of both worlds. You get the freedom and control of being your own boss, able to make decisions for yourself that affect your own future, happiness, and success. But you also get the support, network, and infrastructure of being part of a larger organization.
However, you also need to remember that not all franchises are the same or operate in the same way. Before making the decision to join a franchise, you need to think carefully about the level of support you want or require, what your options are for growing or reselling your franchise in time, and how the franchise operates in terms of giving you autonomy over the decision-making process. The last thing you want when starting your own franchise business is to find that you are simply an employee again in everything but name.
With this in mind, it is important that you ask the right questions of any franchising business before you make your mind up. Take some time to do the research and find out the franchising benefits of investing with each franchisor. To help you out, we have compiled a list of the things you should find out when looking for the right franchise for you.
All franchises will offer some initial onboarding training to help get you up to speed with how they operate and what their main policies are. Depending on the franchise, this training can last anywhere between 3 days and 3 months. The initial training should ideally be conducted face-to-face and take place at the head office where you get to meet the team you’ll be part of, although there may be an element of remote training thereafter. When investing in an it’seeze franchise, you’ll benefit from five full days of training at our head office. After the 5-day training, you’ll head out for a day with an established franchisee. You’ll see first-hand how they run their web design franchise.
The ongoing support of mentors or coaches is fundamental to the success of any franchise and any credible franchise will offer this kind of support as a result. It can take many forms, be that in the shape of a weekly video call to see how you’re getting on and answering any questions, or it could be regular in-person visits. It can often be helpful to have one central point of contact at Head Office who will be with you for every step of your franchise journey – offering advice and sharing best practices.
As well as a full induction from the outset, all it’seeze franchisees have multiple opportunities to upskill – whether it be through how-to videos, webinars, or training courses with Head Office or through third-party trainers, either online or face-to-face. This ensures our franchisees always stay ahead of the curve in terms of your knowledge and skills. From day one as an it’seeze franchisee, you’ll benefit from having the personal support of an experienced Franchise Development Manager – Alex Brook.