You are in business to make money and there's no point choosing a growth strategy that doesn't maximise your profit potential. Some franchisors would be more profitable if they owned their outlets themselves. On the other hand, they would never have grown to a 50- or 200-unit chain without franchising.
As with any business planning process, the financials have two different approaches:
- What will it cost me, so how much must I charge to make a sensible return?
- What price will the market bear, so what can I afford to spend to make the business profitable?
- Underestimate your initial costs and the associated financial prospects
- Overestimate the early growth rates when you're just learning how to attract the right prospects
- Assume you should make any real profit element on the initial fees. Good franchisors only profit when their franchisees profit
Continuing fees calculated as a percentage of turnover are preferable; however, some product distribution franchises inevitably rely on a mark up on goods supplied.
The financial aspects of franchised businesses are just as much a specialist area as the legal.