When going away on holiday, it’s vital that you sort all the essentials. From having your travel documents ready and waiting, to packing clothes for all weathers, you need to be prepared if your trip is going to run smoothly. The same thing goes for selling your business- and particularly when you’re reselling a franchise. Whether you’re looking to retire from franchising altogether, or just want to make a fresh start with a new business, the easiest way out is to sell your franchise on to a new owner. That way, you don’t have to worry about winding down the business, or keeping one foot in running it. Instead, you’re able to ride off into the sunset, and enjoy the next stage of your life, hassle-free.
It’s not enough to simply put the franchise up for sale though, and hope that someone will come along and take it off your hands. You need to put some effort in to make the business an attractive proposition, so that buyers will be more eager to take it off your hands. By following the advice below, you’ll be able to ensure that you’re all set to kick off the selling process, so that all parties concerned- you, the seller, and the franchisor company- are happy with the way that things pan out.
First things first, you should ensure that all your bookkeeping is in order. That way, if someone wants to know just how well the franchise is doing, you will be able to give them a clear indication. If your franchise is running smoothly, then this will give you a much better chance of finding a buyer quicker. On the other hand, if your finances are in a mess, then a buyer might think that they are better off just going it alone. The bottom line is, make sure you can demonstrate in simple terms that your franchise is in a strong position, to attract as much interest as possible.
Another thing you’ll need to do is have a plan in place for your existing staff. If they are going to stay on, then this will also make the sale easier to negotiate, and will give the new owner less work to do. Instead of having to recruit and train a whole new team while learning the ropes themselves. They will be supported by an already strong team of employees who know how to run the business on a day-to-day basis. Of course, this might be tricky if, for example, the team is made up mainly of friends or relatives, who won’t want to stay on after you leave. In this case, it’s best if you frame the situation as a strong opportunity for the new owner to put their own stamp on the franchise, and run it the way that they want to.
Finally, make sure you’ve squared things with your franchisor before you formally begin the selling process. While many franchisors are happy for franchisees to pass the business on to a new owner, you will still need their approval first. They will likely also want a say in just who their new franchisee is, so that they can be sure their reputation is in safe hands. You’ll also want to be clear on their policies towards franchisees, although since you’ve already spent time running a franchise, you should already be familiar with this. Make sure you let potential buyers know just how things work in regards to the agreement with the franchisor, so that they can easily tell whether yours is the type of franchise that they are looking to get involved in.
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