When you buy a business franchise of any sort you are entering into a business partnership, in which your relationship with the franchisor (or ‘principle’), and their people, will be absolutely crucial to your success. You must be able to trust and work with the franchisor and the franchise company’s staff – especially the directors and senior managers. If you have the slightest doubt as to the integrity of any of the people within the franchising company think extremely carefully before you go ahead with them. Trust your instincts – if you feel uncomfortable during the selection and recruitment stage it is likely that there are grounds for concern. Feeling uncomfortable about trust and relationships may not necessarily mean that the franchisor is untrustworthy, but it does probably mean that the ‘fit’ may not be right for you. Relationships are personal things – some people you’ll get on with and see eye to eye with; others you may not. You will be more likely to succeed, and receive a good level of appropriate support, if there is a good emotional ‘fit’ with the franchisor.
Trust your instincts to tell you whether the franchising company has a similar value system and ethos to your own. If you value the customer above all else, do they too? If they do not then they may not be fully in tune with your style and business philosophy. Finding a good emotional and philosophical match with your chosen franchising company is almost as important as choosing the right sort of business. Given sympathetic and genuinely relevant support we can achieve almost anything – be sure that your franchise partner will be able to provide it.