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According to the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) in April
2011, there are 78,000 franchises in Canada, and the number is
still growing across all market sectors. The Canadian economy has
remained strong throughout their neighbors’ challenging recession
and many national economic experts believe that 2011 is poised to
be a strong year, particularly for business investment.
One of the more popular business venture concepts within Canada
is the franchise opportunity. According to the CFA, there are
nearly 1,100 registered franchise opportunities within Canada,
giving the business investor a wealth of choice when determining
which opportunity is the right opportunity of today.
Canadian or U.S. Franchise?
Prior to opening a franchise, it is critical to understand the business opportunities at hand. In addition to joining one of the current 1,100 available registered franchises, business owners may also have the option to bring over a franchise from the U.S. If this option is of consideration, there are several factors to consider prior to initiating the process, including:
To create an efficient transition into Canada, it is imperative
to partner with a strong legal team. Alternatively, with so many
options already available within Canada, you could find your
perfect fit without reinventing the wheel. After all, most
entrepreneurs are interested in the bottom line, and making the
bottom line grow as quickly as possible.
Franchising- Hot Sector Trends
Once you have made the decision to franchise, how do you determine which opportunity is best suited for your needs as well as the current marketplace? The CFA published top franchising trends in the January/February 2011 issue of Franchise Canada magazine, highlighting the following:
This sampling of franchise trends could assist you in narrowing
down the list of franchising opportunities. In addition to current
consumer trends, be sure to consider your specific locale, your
investment budget, operating costs, name recognition of the
franchise and overall return on investment opportunity. With proper
consideration and research, you can select the best franchise for
your given situation and objectives.
This article was written by Julie Verville, an expert in Franchises at www.yoexpert.com