Below please find a link to the FTC “Buying a Franchise: A Consumer Guide,” which is a must read for all prospective franchisees. Here is the link: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/invest/inv05.shtm.
While the information contained in the FTC Franchise Guide is no doubt basic to a franchise professional or franchisor representative, the Franchise Guide unquestionably provides useful information to prospective franchisees who often times know very little about the franchise sales process, federal and state franchise registration and disclosure laws, or the franchisor/franchisee relationship. Without a doubt it is an excellent foundation for a prospective franchisee’s due diligence.
Some topics addressed in the FTC Guide are: where to look for franchise opportunities, what makes up the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), to be aware of unauthorized financial performance representations/earnings claims from a franchisor if not found in the FDD, and where to obtain additional sources of information during the due diligence phase, including obtaining the assistance of experienced franchise counsel.
I strongly encourage any prospective franchisee reading this blog to click on the above link and download a copy of the FTC Guide.