Sunday, February 26, 2017

What’s better? An Original Startup or a Franchise? How About an Existing Franchise Location? How To Buy a Business

Bruce and Sara want to know about whether I think its smarter to buy a new franchise or an old one and how this compares to a startup.

Wow, there is so much to cover on this topic that I wrote a book about it in 2015.  Franchise Warnings is available as a .pdf at or from or

The big message I try to get across to people is that starting a new franchise is just as risky as a new startup because you’re still relying on being able to draw customers away from established competitors.

Some franchisors like to say that the success rates of franchises are better than those of startups.  For example: 90% of startups are closed within 5 years while far more franchises are still operating. 

There are some big reasons why those franchises would still be operating even if they were losing money.  I explore several of these in my book and a big one in this video:

My advice though is always the same; buy something that already has sales and profits.  This way there is no question that people will buy from the business... they already are.

Learn how to buy a business at where you can access tons of information and enroll in my online course.

In fact, it’s so awesome that people all over the world buy it even if their local currency makes it seem expensive.  (The course works out to about $20/hr. and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee!)  You can see how my whole buyer system works in this video from a few weeks ago:

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