So, you want to start a Maid-Rite franchised location? That’s great and we’ll help you at every step of the way, but if you’re unsure if you’re the right fit or unsure as to what to expect, keep reading. For more helpful links and more tips for picking the right franchise, read this article.
- Consider a partner! We know you’re awesome, but it never hurts to have someone loyal by your side. This could be a friend, spouse, or simple business partner. It could also mean partnering up with a franchise consultant who will help you get on your feet, acting as a guide. While we’ll help out all new franchisees, it can never hurt to get some information and aide from a third party. Not only will they have different ideas, but they may have the skills you lack.
- Don’t be afraid of strict guidelines! There are rules and regulations all franchise owners must follow within the parent company. While you are allowed some freedoms, there are certain limitations including ingredients, disciplinary guidelines, design restrictions, and more. It can relieve much of the stress especially when constructing the building, but some feel they need the ability to change things on a whim. As with opening any restaurant, health code guidelines must be followed alongside other nation-wise regulations required for franchises and independently owned companies. This is not to say your ideas and suggestions are not welcome, it’s just saying these ideas must be brought to the attention of the Franchise heads first.
- It’s harder than you think! Some people think opening a franchise will be easy or they see it as a quick way to make money or something they can pick up now and drop in a few months when something “better” comes along. Those seeking a change of scenery or just want to “be their own boss,” may need to think long and hard before such a large investment. Opening a franchise location takes high levels of investment (time and money). The company will help, but there is still a lot the franchisee must do.
- Don’t assume all franchises are the same! Some franchises will work with your ideals, goals, and personality but others will not. Choose a food concept you love with a level of formality you are comfortable with. If you love diner food, Maid-Rite may be the best fit but if you prefer cheap(ly made) food, modern and unusual food, bar food, or fancy food, Maid-Rite may not be the best idea. Consider the upfront costs, consider the success of the franchise, and pick something you are passionate about.
- Time really is money! You will work long hours and many, many weekends. Running a franchise is time consuming—especially early on. You will spend a lot of time getting it running. After construction and hiring, the hours may decrease, but it is still expected for the owner to spend a lot of time in the restaurant. You are the face of Maid-Rite and being present is the best way to check on the success of the business. Also, it will take time and money for the restaurant to become successful. Word of mouth can only do so much and it takes time. Advertisements may need to be taken care of, staff will need to be properly trained, and it will be a challenge to get everything running like a well-oiled machine. However, at Maid-Rite we are certain you will love your work and with time, the location will be successful and your job will become fruitful and satisfying if you put forth the effort.
Bonus Tip! The customer is important. New and returning, young and old. If the customers aren’t happy, nobody should be happy. Without customers, there is no restaurant!