A potential franchisee should thoroughly understand the terms of their franchise agreement, which will be one of your first major documents to sign when starting a business. Starting a new business is easier with a well-thought-out contract.
Franchise Agreement Clauses
One document you’ll have to deal with is the franchise agreement, which is typically provided by your franchiser and doesn’t leave much room for negotiation. Sections and definitions of the following terms should be included in the contract:
Granting of Privileges
During the agreement term, the franchisor permits you to operate your business using their trademarks and service marks. You do not have the right to use these things, but you can use them nonetheless.
In the franchisor-franchisee relationship, you are an independent contractor, not an employee, according to the franchisor.
Typical Working Hours
The franchisor provides you with a timeline to open your franchise, which includes a deadline by which you must be operational.
Operational Costs and Fees
There are upfront and ongoing costs that you will be responsible for learning about from the franchisor before beginning your business. You’ll also learn about all the other costs involved in running a successful business.
Keeping Personal Finances Separate
You are personally liable for your company’s debts under most franchise agreements, and your company is held liable for your debts as well.
There should be no doubt in your contract as to the extent to which you have the right to carry on business in a particular area.
Most agreements state how long they are intended to last. A clause in most franchise agreements allows you to extend the term of the agreement.
Contract End Date
When and how you can terminate your business will be specified in your contract. If the franchisor has the first opportunity to buy the franchise back if sold to someone else, it will be stated in the document.
To operate a franchise, you will be required to have all of the necessary insurance from the franchisor, as stated in the contract.
Training & Development
Talk to the franchisor directly to find out how much help you and your employees will get from them.
Your performance and the quality of your products or services will be subject to scrutiny by the franchisor.
You’ll find out what supplies you’ll need to run the business in the contract. For raw materials or services, they’ll mention a particular region or vendor they recommend.
What products you can and can’t sell, when you can open, what software you must use, how you must set up your store (and how much your employees are paid) are just a few of the things you’ll have to adhere to as a franchisor.
Clause of Non-Competition
You may be bound by a non-competition clause for the duration of your franchise agreement or even after it expires. By agreeing to this clause, you agree that you will not work for any other company during or after the contract term.
Violating a Contract
Contracts spell out what will happen if they are broken or not kept. In addition, the fines for breaching the contract will be discussed, as well as their monetary value.
If the franchisor incurs a loss due to the franchisee’s actions or inaction, the contract typically stipulates that the franchisee must make good on that obligation.
Arbitration and the Rules of Law
In a legal dispute, the contract will specify the applicable state law. The arbitration clause is common in most franchise agreements.
Starting your own business can be a thrilling experience. But to ensure your business security, a complete franchise agreement may be necessary.
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