The wild world of entrepreneurship is a high risk, high reward realm in which to play. Those who step into the rocky waters of self-employment and business building turn in the security of steady and predictable compensation for the unpredictable ebb and flow of eating what they kill. A total lack of control over policy and business approach is exchanged for complete control over management, administrative duties, marketing and every other aspect of business operations. Indeed it takes a special kind of person to go out on a limb and attempt to start a business from scratch. For those quasi-special people who are brave enough to undertake running a business, but do not quite want to start one from scratch, franchise negotiation is a great option.
Operating a franchise is a good idea for the more risk-averse entrepreneur because franchises have proven systems that are articulated clearly and definitively in a franchise manual, and typically entail support from the franchisor to help make the business successful. I know, I know … that sounds like the franchisor sales pitch doesn’t it? Well, I will temper my exuberance with a sampling of the legal issues a franchisee should consider when embarking upon a franchise venture – or otherwise find oppression from a new boss in the form of a franchisor.