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What is Your Franchise Worth?

Oct 24, 2019 - Blog by |

If you are thinking about selling your franchise, along with assessing your ability to satisfy the conditions for transfer in your franchise agreement, you will also need to determine the value of your business. There are a number of different methods for valuing a franchise – and ultimately your franchise will be worth what someone else is willing to pay – and making an informed decision before putting your franchise on the market will be important to making your exit from the franchise system. Factors for Valuing an Individual Franchised Outlet Valuing a franchise involves considerations that are both similar to and unique from valuing a fully-independent business. For example, while you need to determine the depreciated value of your company’s assets, in the context of a franchise, certain assets will be excluded from the business’s valuation. Most notably, while a fully-independent business will own trademarks and other intangible assets (such as copyrighted materials, customer lists and other proprietary information) that can significantly increase its valuation, in the franchise relationship, these assets belong to the franchisor. On the other hand, in some circumstances, the franchise relationship can add value itself, and your franchise agreement could be an asset that adds to your overall valuation. Some other factors involved in valuing a franchise for purposes of a potential transfer include: 1. Physical Assets Any physical assets your franchise owns will be relevant to determining its valuation. This includes everything from back office computers and furniture to point-of-sale (POS) systems and inventory. […]

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Walk-In Tub Dealer Held to be Franchisee in Franchise Termination

Oct 22, 2019 - Judge’s Distribution and Franchise Rulings from the Front Lines by |

Antitrust Law Daily Walk-in tub seller’s operations qualify as franchises NEWS Walk-in tub seller’s operations qualify as franchises By E. Darius Sturmer, J.D. A marketer/seller/installer of walk-in bathtubs in the New York and New Jersey area could qualify as a franchise with standing to assert counterclaims against Safe Step Walk In Tub Co. under the franchising laws of those states and Connecticut and Rhode Island, the federal district court in New York City has ruled. Therefore, a motion by Safe Step for dismissal of these counterclaims was denied. However, because the allegations were outside the ambit of New York and Rhode Island’s “Little FTC” Acts, claims brought under those statutes were dismissed. The court also discarded numerous claims for unfair competition and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing (Safe Step Walk In Tub Co. v. CKH Industries, Inc., March 17, 2017, Roman, N.). Safe Step had sued bathtub marketer/seller/installer CKH Industries, claiming nonpayment of certain marketing fees related to the use of Safe Step’s trademarks. CKH counter-sued, alleging that Safe Step was in fact a franchisor who attempted to structure “Dealership/License” agreements to avoid federal and state franchise laws. CKH alleged that Safe Step defaulted under the agreements by refusing to honor its obligations and by terminating those agreements, or failing to renew them, despite CKH’s performance of its side of the bargains. CKH contended that the manufacturer’s actions violated state franchise laws and state laws prohibiting unfair or deceptive business practices, and constituted a fraud […]

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Considering a Franchise? Don’t Make These 5 Common Buying Mistakes

Oct 17, 2019 - Blog by |

Buying a franchise is a complex investment. If you are like most prospective franchisees, you are preparing to invest a substantial portion of your life savings (and perhaps take out a small business loan), and you will rely on your franchise’s revenue to cover your business and personal expenses on a month-to-month basis. With these considerations in mind, when buying a franchise, there are some key mistakes you need to avoid. Here is a non-exhaustive list of what not to do if you are thinking about signing a franchise agreement: Mistake #1: Relying Solely on the Franchisor for Information When deciding whether to move forward with a franchise purchase, you need to make your decision based upon as much information as possible. While the franchisor’s marketing collateral and Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) are fine places to start, you need to dig much, much deeper. A comprehensive due diligence analysis will involve talking to current and former franchisees, reviewing previous versions of the FDD, comparing competing franchise opportunities, and much more. Mistake #2: Skimming the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) When you receive a copy of the franchisor’s FDD, you need to read it. All of it. Even if there are sections you do not understand, reading the FDD carefully and taking notes will allow you to ask the questions necessary in order to make an informed decision. Mistake #3: Not Negotiating the Franchise Agreement No matter what anyone tells you, franchise agreements are negotiable. This is a good thing, because the […]

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8 Ways Owning a Franchise is Different from Starting an Independent Business

Oct 10, 2019 - Blog by |

Buying a franchise and starting an independent business from scratch are two very different propositions. While franchisors and many online “franchise guides” tout the benefits of franchise ownership, there are a number of downsides as well. Here is a list of eight ways – good and bad – that owning a franchise is different from starting an independent business: The Good: 1. A Recognizable Brand For most people, one of the primary motivators for buying a franchise is immediate access to a recognizable brand. It can take several years and many thousands of dollars to build a brand that is on par with what some franchisors can offer, and immediate brand recognition can allow you to hit the ground running. 2. A Tested Business System The second hallmark of a strong franchise is a tested business system. When you buy a franchise, not only are you buying brand recognition, but you are also buying the ability to take advantage of a business system that has proven successful in the past. 3. Training and Operational Support Access to training and support can be benefits of buying a franchise as well. If your franchise will be your first business venture, having access to these types of resources can add significant value to a franchise acquisition. 4. A Network of Like-Minded Franchisees As a franchisee, you will likely have access to other franchisees in the franchisor’s system. You can share ideas and gripes, get your questions answered, and benefit from other franchisees’ collective […]

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20 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Franchise

Oct 3, 2019 - Blog by |

As a prospective franchisee, one of the keys to success is making as informed a decision as possible about your choice of franchise opportunity. While all viable franchise systems have successful franchisees, in order for you to have a reasonable chance of success in your chosen system, you need to go in eyes wide open and with a clear understanding of the legal and financial risks involved. With this in mind, before you buy, you need to ask questions – lots of questions. Do not take anything the franchisor’s representatives say for granted, and make sure you are relying on multiple sources of information. Questions to Ask the Franchisor Some key questions to ask the franchisor’s sales representatives and operational managers include: What sets your franchise apart from the competing franchised brands? How has the franchise system changed and grown over the past five years? How much ongoing support can I expect once I open for business? Who will be my point of contact? How are you making use of franchisees’ advertising fund contributions? Are there any significant changes or developments on the horizon? Questions to Ask Current Franchisees In speaking with current franchisees within the franchise system, some of the questions you may want to have answered include: Would you buy the same franchise again if you could go back and do it over? Are you seeing any direct benefits from your marketing fund contribution? How accessible are the franchisor’s support staff? Do you frequently have issues with system […]

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