Franchise vs Startup: Which One is Right for You? The top three benefits of owning a franchise vs. starting your own business from the ground up.

Oct 21, 2021

Entrepreneurship is a rewarding path to take, but like any business venture, there are many factors to consider. We’ll help you decide whether franchising or a startup is the right path for you.

You’ve made the decision to start your own business – congratulations! Entrepreneurship is a rewarding path to take, but like any business venture, there are many factors to consider. You want to make sure you’re prepared and have asked all the important questions in order to make the right decisions, such as, “Is a franchise or startup right for me?” and “What are the pros and cons of opening a franchise versus a startup?” Franchising v Startup Blog Image Body 1
If you’re interested in learning more about franchising compared to starting a business from the ground up, you’ve come to the right place. Ziebart has been a franchisor since 1962, and with over 60 years of business experience, we pride ourselves in our ability to help people find the right fit for them.

The Top Benefits of Opening a Franchise

Established Products and Services

As a franchise owner, you have the ability to operate your business while knowing that the products and/or services you’re selling are already established and come with brand recognition.

Support from the Start

When you choose to open a franchise business, you’ll receive support in making vital decisions prior to opening your doors when it comes to site selection, exterior and interior building design, building construction, training on how to successfully run your business, and more. Once you’re officially open for business, you’ll continue receiving support through ongoing training, operating procedures, and advertising. You’ll also be able to enjoy an increased spending power.

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While we can’t speak for all franchise businesses, many of them do offer discounts and benefits of varying degrees to veterans. At Ziebart specifically, we offer a discount for all U.S. military veterans who are interested in opening their own Ziebart franchise. We waive 100% of the initial franchise fee to thank veterans for their service.

The Top Benefits of Opening a Startup

Be Your Own Boss (B.Y.O.B.)

Starting your own business from the ground up makes you the boss in every aspect – you make all the decisions, set your own schedule, and run your business the way you want it to be run.

Follow Your Own Rules

As the owner of a startup business, you don’t have to abide by the rules or regulations you’d find in a franchisee agreement.

Avoid Extra Fees

Startup businesses don’t have to worry about paying an initial franchise fee or any ongoing royalties or advertising fees. There is generally a higher startup cost involved when you’re doing it on your own though.

Do Your Research

You’ve probably heard it many times before – when you open a franchise, you’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself. Whether that suits you, or you’re more interested in starting a business from scratch, be sure to use the tips you’ve read here, along with additional research and conversations with the right people, to make sure you’re doing what’s best for you.

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