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During our many years working within New Zealand's franchise sector, we've learnt a great deal about the market - what works, what doesn't work, and what people involved in all aspects of franchising need to think about to succeed.

We encourage you to read as widely as possible about all aspects of franchising in New Zealand, whether you are interested in buying and then running a successful franchised business, or whether you have a business that you have already franchised or are contemplating growing using the franchising model.

If you don't find what you are looking for here in our Advice Centre then call or email us to ask for guidance - our team are ready and waiting to help you find the information you need.

franchising & you

franchising & you

10 REASONS WHY FRANCHISEES FAIL

Jason Gehrke has seen some franchisees achieve spectacular success, while others have lost it all. What makes the difference?

250 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR FRANCHISOR

What do you need to know before you buy a franchise? Here's a comprehensive list of over 250 vital questions to ask the franchisor that will help you make the right decision.

50 QUESTIONS TO ASK FRANCHISEES

Want to know what a franchise is really like? Ask the people who know

7 GOOD AND 7 BAD REASONS FOR BUYING A FRANCHISE

ALL ABOUT FRANCHISING

Franchising is one of the most popular ways to go into business in New Zealand - but how does it work? Simon Lord provides a beginner's guide to franchising and answers some questions.

BUY A BUSINESS - BUY A FRANCHISE

Whether you’ve owned a business before or are new to self-employment, if you’re a budding entrepreneur then one of the options you have to consider these days is whether to buy a franchise.

CHANGING HATS

As the armed forces and emergency services restructure, many personnel are moving out into businesses of their own. Annie Gray has been exploring the franchise option.

COME HOME KIWIS - YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU

The government wants to encourage New Zealanders overseas to return home to work. Carlene du Toit and Simon Lord talk to some of those who have heard the call and chosen self-employment through franchising

COULD YOU BE A FRANCHISEE?

Would you make a good franchisee? Margaret Wyn helps you answer the question for yourself

DANGER SIGNALS

We list the warning signs to look out for when choosing a franchise

FIND THE RIGHT FRANCHISE

With hundreds of franchise opportunities to choose from, how do you choose one that's going to perform for you? Here's our guide to starting up in business

FRANCHISE BUYERS SHOP AROUND, SURVEY SHOWS

A survey has shown that franchise buyers often end up choosing a business in a completely different industry from the one they first started investigating. Could the business that suits you be different from the business you think you want?

FRANCHISING FOR ALL FROM 18 TO 80

September 2012 - Lessons from the University of Life: New Zealand’s oldest and youngest franchisees share their experiences

HOME SWEET HOME

There are over 2,000 home services franchisees in New Zealand. What is the appeal of this franchise sector, and what should you look for? Simon Lord investigates.

HOW DO I LEARN THE BUSINESS?

From the Archives - September 2011 - Nathan Bonney offers some tips on what new franchisees should look for from a training programme

HOW TO SPOT A QUALITY FRANCHISE

New Zealand has more franchises per capita than any other country. How do you tell the difference between the good and the great? Simon Lord looks at what quality franchises have in common

IS YOUR JOB TOO SMALL FOR YOU?

January 2014 - If you're considering a new start in the new year, buying a franchise can change your life. Be prepared, though - according to some of New Zealand's most experienced franchisors and advisors, you'll first need to change your mind-set. We also look at an innovative mentoring programme offered by one franchisor.

IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU

Glenice Hibbard suggests some smart things to think about when buying a franchise

LIFESTYLE & BUSINESS CAN YOU HAVE IT ALL?

From the archives - December 2012: Some franchises like to promote themselves as ‘lifestyle opportunities’ – but what does this really mean? Simon Lord has been looking at the options.

LIVE FAST BUY YOUNG

March 2005 - Out of school and into business? Teens and 20s are increasingly finding franchising offers a great way to get into a business of their own.

LOOKING FOR A PART-TIME FRANCHISE?

Can you turn spare time into spare cash?

MARY LAMBIE - LESSONS OF A NEW FRANCHISEE

March 2008 - TV presenter and cover girl Mary Lambie tells us what she's learned in her new career as a Subway franchisee.

MOVE TO THE REGIONS

Looking for a better life and a better business? New Zealand’s regional towns and centres have plenty to offer

ON THE MOVE

Mobile franchises are a popular and affordable way to get into a business of your own, but what’s it really like being on the road every day? We asked three franchisees to share their experiences

REDUNDANCY - THE OTHER R-WORD

September 2008 - Facing redundancy? Simon Lord discusses the pros and cons of buying a franchise

RESEARCHING YOUR FRANCHISOR

Buying any sort of business always involves a certain amount of risk, but there's an expectation that when you buy a franchise that risk will be substantially reduced. When you're buying from an established name that's usually the case, but even then it is possible to get it wrong. And if the franchise you are buying is new-to-New Zealand, you owe it to yourself and your family to do your homework and make sure that you are making a wise decision.

SACKING THE BOSS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WHITE-COLLAR WORKERS

Tired of the daily grind and the office politics? Franchising offers a wealth of opportunities for experienced managers. Here are eight good reasons why.

SHOPPER'S GUIDE TO FRANCHISES

Franchises come in all shapes and sizes, so how do you choose something that is right for you? The first thing you'll need to do is decide what type of business you want to be in. Here's our industry-by-industry guide to franchises in New Zealand which will help you pick out the cherries.

SIX STEPS TO BUYING A FRANCHISE

Finding it hard to choose the right opportunity? Glenice Riley helps you narrow down the options

STARTING AFRESH IN NEW ZEALAND

Simon Lord considers the opportunities and issues for immigrants looking at franchised businesses

THE TOP 10 FRANCHISE QUESTIONS

Simon Lord provides answers to 10 of the questions most commonly asked about franchising.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BUY A FRANCHISE

Philip Morrison looks at ten common questions people have when they’re buying a franchise

WHY MOVE TO THE REGIONS TO BUY A BUSINESS?

When franchises advertise ‘opportunities nationwide’, they mean it. Simon Lord finds good reasons why business buyers should look outside the cities

YOUR BUYERS GUIDE

Part-time, full-time, indoors, outdoors, retail or restaurant: whatever type of business you’re interested in, there’s a franchise to suit. If you’re looking for a bright idea, read on

 

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