Franchises are among the best options for people who want to own their own business. The fact that they come with a business plan that has been proven to be effective and a corporate support structure removes many of the problems that often plague new entrepreneurs. Getting rid of those problems does not remove all of the risk that comes with investing in a new business, but it does mitigate most of it. That is valuable for people who don’t want to lose their investment, and it has been more than enough to make franchising very popular in the United States.
Like all popular things, franchises have acquired their fair share of regulations over the years. Some of the regulations apply everywhere in the country, but others are only relevant in certain states, or only apply to certain types of franchise. The laws can get complicated, but they are still important for all potential franchisees to understand.
The most basic franchise regulations come from the federal government by way of the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC regulates them with the federal Franchise Rule, which establishes the basic relationship between the franchisor, who offers the franchise for sale, and the franchisee, who purchases it. It lays out the requirements for the disclosure of important information before the contract is signed, as well as the basic rights and responsibilities of each party in the relationship. The Franchise Rule was created to protect franchisees from potential scams, so it’s unlikely that anyone who runs a franchise will run into legal problems with it, but it’s still important for every franchisee to read the rule so that they know their rights.
New Hampshire has the right to create additional regulations for franchises through state laws, but it has generally declined to exercise that right. It is a non-registration state, so franchisors do not need to file their disclosure documents with the state government before they offer their franchise. Similarly, the state has not placed any special restrictions or regulations on the sale of franchises or the terms of any franchising arrangements. Some individual franchises, such as restaurants, are subject to regulations that apply to their specific industry, but those rules also apply to non-franchised businesses of the same type. New Hampshire’s franchisees should familiarize themselves with those local laws, but they generally do not need to worry about anything that only applies to franchises.
New Hampshire is one of the smallest states, but it still has plenty of business opportunities for people who want to open up a franchise. The state has a few cities that can support a wide variety of businesses, and a much larger variety of small towns. Those towns do have plenty of room for investment, but they can’t support some of the businesses that can prosper in the cities.
Manchester is the only city in New Hampshire with a population of more than 100,000 citizens. It is significantly smaller than the major population centers in other states, but it is still the largest settlement in New Hampshire by a significant margin. Manchester is large enough to support specialized businesses that only appeal to a small percentage of the population, but it doesn’t have enough people to support much competition between businesses in the same niche. A new franchisee should be able to find success with almost any type of business if they are careful, but they do need to check the city for competitors before they decide to invest.
There are several smaller cities in New Hampshire. The largest of these are Nashua, Concord, and Derry, which are the only cities besides Manchester to have more than 30,000 people. Their business environment is similar to that of Manchester, but their smaller size magnifies the problems of competition.
The state also has an abundance of small towns. They usually cannot support businesses that don’t appeal to most of the population, which rules out many franchises. That having been said, they can support any business that appeals to most of their citizens, like grocery stores and gas stations. The secret to success in these places, much like anywhere else, is to carefully assess the demand for each potential product before opening the franchise.