Franchise vs. Independent

Starting a business, though it involves risk, can be a very profitable venture.  There are two different ways for an individual to obtain a business.  There are franchise opportunities, and there is potential opportunity as an independent, both can be very profitable.

With a franchise, the aspiring business owner virtually buys a piece of operation from a bigger cooperate business and operates it in a location.  The cooperate business provides them with inventory plans and provide a detailed blue print.

The cooperate business wants the business to succeed, they suppy the businessman with everything they need and set them up for success.  Depending on the franchise, it can involve a major investment, but there is a high probability of success.  If one wants to avoid the risk of going out on their own, and use an already proven idea, a franchise is a great opportunity.

Independent, or “doing your own thing,” is substantially different.  The aspiring businessman must do everything on their own.  If no one has done it before, it is nearly impossible to know whether the business will survive or not.  While there is more risk, there is also a lot more potential reward for an independent business.  All proceeds go to the business owner.  As an independent, the owner gets to make major business decisions, where as with a franchise, the major decisions are made exclusively by the major brand cooperation.  For the innovative business mind, starting as an independent is the superior option.

Aspiring businessmen should look into both options, and invest time in establishing which kind of business they should start.

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