It is extremely important that you understand your franchise contract from the beginning of your career as a franchisee. That contract contains everything that guide you through all the decisions you may make a franchisee. At some point you may decide that you want to try a new franchise opportunity or that you want to retire from franchising. These are two legitimate decisions in the life of franchisee, but what do you do with your current franchise? Well that strictly depends on your franchise contract. Since all contracts are different there are many different solutions to this one problem. In most cases the contract will tell you the ways in which you can terminate your franchise agreement, with the main solution to sell it.
The main option may be to sell your franchise. Your contract may allow you to sell your franchise to someone who is willing to buy it, however you will most likely be the one trying to find that person. If your contract does allow this you will want to make sure you get the most from it.
The first thing you need to do is contact your franchisor and keep them informed. They may have specific steps to follow or advice for selling your franchise. It may also be up to them based on your contract under which circumstances and time constraints you can sell your franchise.
You will then need to know the market for selling it and know what to expect out of it. Just like anything else you may sell you need to know the price you are asking for it before you put it on the market. It is important to be realistic in your asking price. Therefore knowing the market and consulting with your franchisor can help you reach this decision.
You are going to need to find ways to advertise that you franchise is for sale as well. There has to be some ways of letting people know that you are selling your franchise. You may decide to hire a professional for this or you may just do it on your own.
If you really want to sell your franchise you could offer assistance to the potential buyers. This assistance may come in many forms such as training, working with them for a short time, lower costs or throwing in extras that will benefit them. Even though this may not be favorable to you, it may be the only way to get your franchise sold in a timely manner.
Keep in mind that your contract will determine how, when, why and who you can sell your franchise to. So, make sure that you keep in contact with them continuously and follow the contract guidelines. Even if you are just deciding to become a franchisee, eventually you may be in a situation to sell it. The most important thing is to understand this aspect of your franchise contract from the very beginning. It will save a lot of headaches in the end!