In our modern world where information and decision making are becoming extremely important, you should select your own way of running your business. However, before starting your business in the first place, you have to answer the question whether you are suitable for the role of a business person and thus whether it is worth engaging in business at all. To make this decision, you can also use tests that can be found in the Internet or in special books or magazines.
If the answer is positive and you have made up your mind that your future belongs to business, you have to realize that this way will not be easy, especially at the very beginning. Every business person has to do a lot of hard work, take risks in many situations and be responsible for every step. So there is one option that you might want to consider if you do not want to deal with all the difficulties of the beginning period in business: you can obtain a franchise company.
In this case you will avoid a lot of obstacles of opening your own company. If you feel you are not ready to take big responsibilities and risks, you can buy a business that is already developed. Franchising is a legal business relationship between a company that owns its trade mark, brand, some other company symbols, and a businessman who is willing to use the symbols of this company. There are such terms as a franchisor, which is a company under license or trade mark of which a franchisee produces certain products or services, and, consequently, a franchisee, which is a company that uses the trade mark or other symbols of the franchisor.
In franchising business relations the good reputation and trust are very important. As a rule a franchisor gives a franchisee all kinds of help in business, provides training and assistance in marketing and financial issues, etc. This is one of the biggest advantages of buying a franchise company. A franchisee usually helps a franchisor by developing a new business under the franchisor's trade mark and contributing to the company growth.
Two basic forms of franchising exist, and they are trade name franchising and business franchising. The first kind of franchising is when a franchisor company possesses the right to the certain trade mark and can sell this right to a franchisee. Business franchising means that franchisor not only sells the right to be named as the franchisor company but also helps with the supply of goods, provides different kinds of services and some financial aid to a franchisee.
It is up to you to make a decision. You might decide that you are too independent for franchising, and you prefer to start your own company, even if it is going to be a small one at first. There are certain advantages and disadvantages in any type of business organization, and the most important for you is to find the one that will make you successful.