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Selling Your Franchise Business

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jul 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Selling Your Franchise Business

Selling Your Franchise BusinessSelling a franchise business differs from other types of businesses because of the special relationship you have with the parent company. It is a good idea to work with Bryan business attorneys when selling your franchise to ensure that you don't erroneously break any of the terms of your franchise agreement.

Franchise Agreements

Your franchise agreement may allow you to sell the business to another party, or it may require you to sell it back to the franchisor, or parent company. Even when you are allowed to sell the business to another, you will likely need to abide by specific terms outlined in the franchise agreement. In some cases the franchisor will assist you in finding a buyer.

Steps in Selling Your Franchise

Prior to putting your business up for sale you will need to review the franchise agreement to determine any restrictions that may apply. Assuming that you are allowed to sell the business to a purchaser other than the franchisor, you then need to hire a commercial real estate appraiser. Much as with private real estate, the appraiser will compare your business with similar businesses that have sold recently in your area. The appraiser will also conduct an inspection of the premises and review your income and tax records.

You will then need to put together a profile of your franchise that describes the following:

  • The type of business
  • Local regulations that affect the business
  • Your average annual earnings
  • A listing of your assets, including equipment, vehicles, etc.
  • The asking purchase price

There are numerous websites where you can list your franchise. Your attorney can assist you with which ones are best to use.

Determining the Purchase Price

The appraisal will provide you with a good indication of the price you should ask for your business, but you are not bound by this figure. However, if the terms of your franchise agreement specify that you must sell the business back to the franchisor you will likely not be in a strong position to negotiate the purchase price.

For Assistance with Selling Your Franchise

If you plan to sell your franchise business, it is in your best interests to work with Bryan business attorneys who can assist with interpreting the existing agreement and drawing up contracts. Call Peterson Law Group today at 979-703-7014 or 936-337-4681.

About the Author

Chris Peterson

Chris Peterson is the owner of Peterson Law Group. He practices primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and estate planning; probate and trust administration; elder law; and business law. Chris is also the owner of Brazos 1031 Exchange Company.


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