The franchise business will contact you by means of email and/ or telephone only to the email address and phone number you have provided.
By submitting the enquiry form you are consenting to send your personal information to the selected franchise business.
You also agree to receive further newsletter email marketing from What Franchise.
What’s the most common mistake first-time franchisees tend to make?
Louise Harris writes:
First-time franchisees frequently think they’re asking too many questions. They’ve paid to join a ‘system’ and then forget that, if they don’t know the answer to something, it’s not only okay to ask it’s most likely critical they do.
The whole ethos of franchising is to learn from the franchisor, so it seems foolish not to use every ounce of the advice that’s available.
Franchising is an unusual relationship. It’s been likened to marriage and I think that’s the closest analogy, but in the very early stages there is, understandably, a parentchild approach.
If the franchisee understands that the franchisor needs the franchisee to be successful just as much as the franchisee needs to be successful, it should be a win-win.
Taking the view of ‘us and them’ rather than ‘let’s work together’ puts the relationship in imbalance - both parties need to have the opportunity to challenge the other in a ‘safe’ environment. The new franchisee should generally feel that the franchisor does know it all and has got great information to impart - and a system to follow. And then follow that system.
Louise Harris is franchise director of Wilkins Chimney Sweep. She sits on the British Franchise Association board and chairs the membership committee.
You might also be interested in
Answered by Alan Wilkinson
Alan Wilkinson writes: The short answer is no. The interesting bit is why a franchisee should actually... read more
Answered by Louise Harris
Louise Harris writes: This question is one that many have explored and much has been written on... read more
Answered by John Pratt
John Pratt writes: Virtually all franchise agreements are granted for a specific term and either contain an... read more
Answered by Shelley Nadler
Shelley Nadler writes: The answer to this will really depend on the reason your franchise is not... read more
Exciting Franchise Opportunities
Companies to Consider
Jackson Fire & Security
Yes, via high street banks
Not Just Travel
£600,000 to £800,000
My Window Cleaner
Blossom Home Care
Cash flow positive from month 4
Yes, via third party
The Design Print Distribution...
Turnover circa £120,000. 30% profit level
Get expert franchising news delivered straight to your inbox
Franchise news, advice and new opportunities delivered weekly.
Must Read Articles
Added 3 years ago | 2 min read
Added one day ago | 2 min read
Added 4 days ago | 2 min read
Find your next business opportunity
Search 100s of UK franchises and become your own boss today.
What Franchise Newsletter
Keep up to date with all the industry news