Where should I try to open a fast food franchise?

6:27AM | Thursday, 2 June 2011 | Graeme McCormack

When it comes to the two main types of franchisee locations – high street versus shopping centre – it’s vital to weigh up the pros and cons.

How can I find the right franchisees to expand my business?

12:00AM | Thursday, 20 December 2012 | Graeme McCormack

You need to get the foundations of franchising in place before you start looking for franchisees.

Is franchising my business worth the time and effort?

11:33PM | Tuesday, 6 November 2012 | Graeme McCormack

Unless you develop proper operations and training systems, becoming a franchisor can quickly turn into a legal and managerial nightmare.

How detailed should my franchise manuals be?

6:46PM | Monday, 4 June 2012 | Graeme McCormack

As a franchisor, you are obligated under the Franchise Code of Conduct to provide your franchisees with detailed, up-to-date manuals.

How do I get people to my café?

3:35PM | Wednesday, 28 March 2012 | Graeme McCormack

There are a number of strategies you can use to attract new customers and develop regular customers.

Should I speak to existing franchisees before I sign up?

3:04PM | Thursday, 8 March 2012 | Graeme McCormack

It’s imperative you engage with a number of existing franchisees before you become one yourself.

Is a bad franchisee the sign of a bad franchisor?

1:36PM | Wednesday, 25 January 2012 | Graeme McCormack

Franchisee unrest should never be treated as the sole measure of a franchisor's competence.

Should I team up with other franchisees to lobby our franchisor?

11:51PM | Tuesday, 22 November 2011 | Graeme McCormack

If there is a need for franchisees to form an independent body, then I would suggest there has been a significant breakdown in communications.

How closely should I be overseeing my franchisees?

8:10PM | Wednesday, 10 August 2011 | Graeme McCormack

To paraphrase the philosophy of McDonald's legend Ray Kroc, if you make them (franchisees) successful, then it will go to follow that we (franchisor) will be successful too.

Should I choose to buy an Australian or overseas-owned franchise?

6:56PM | Friday, 24 June 2011 | Graeme McCormack

The most important thing to consider when assessing a franchise from overseas is whether the franchise is being operated from Australia or not.

I wonder if I’d feel too constricted being a franchisee?

4:08PM | Tuesday, 12 April 2011 | Graeme McCormack

Being a franchisee involves being comfortable in conforming to set business policies and procedures initiated by others.

Are franchisees well protected from rogue franchisors in Australia?

3:34PM | Thursday, 24 March 2011 | Graeme McCormack

It pays to do your own due diligence when delving into the world of franchising.

We’re thinking of buying a franchise. Do franchisors usually demand lots of paperwork to be completed?

2:31PM | Wednesday, 9 February 2011 | Graeme McCormack

Operating a small business, whether it be a franchise or an independent business, requires the owner to constantly attend to paperwork.

I’m looking to buy a franchise and have been presented with a lengthy contract. Help!

1:58PM | Thursday, 20 January 2011 | Graeme McCormack

The highest priority when considering any franchise and the contractual documentation is to engage the services of a solicitor who specialises in business law.

What are the main benefits of becoming a franchisee?

12:00PM | Monday, 13 December 2010 | Kate Sallai

Buying into a business, whether a franchise or independent, will be the most personally challenging and life-changing decision they’ll ever make.