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Are you new in franchise arena and have several questions regarding initial risks and challenges of this unique business model? Well, here we bring the answers to all our readers' franchising queries via this regular column of expert's advice.
Opening a salon is one career option that doesn't require high academic qualifications by the owner or franchisee. Do you think it's true and has it given empowerment to women entrepreneurs in tier-II and III cities?
Nethra Raghurajan, Kodaikanal
This is definitely true. To become a franchise partner with Naturals, one does not need any knowledge of the beauty industry. A passion for customer service and an interest in the beauty industry is all that is required. Naturals offers full support and guidance to franchise partners from the date of signing till the launch, and further more till they reach the break-even point. This support is what has encouraged many women entrepreneurs in tier-II and III cities to take their first steps into the world of business.
What action will you take against your franchisee, in the case of breach of trust within the franchise agreement ?
Radhika Dave, Ahemdabad
Naturals prides itself on being a franchise friendly company. We prefer a policy of open communication and transparency rather than focusing solely on the letter of the law. However, if the actions of the franchise partner warrant termination of the franchiseship, we will not hesitate to do so.
Do you prefer re-franchising or conversion franchising as the mode of expansion for you brand? What will be the selection criterion?
Jaspinder Kalra, Gurgaon
While we are open to all types of franchising, we find that re-franchising or conversion franchising form only a small percentage of our numbers. Quite often, there are many changes to be made in terms of processes, interiors and infrastructure. As a rule, we select franchise partners who are like minded and have similar ideals and passion to make their mark in the salon industry.
What can be done to increase the sales of your franchisee run outlet?
Rajneesh Ahluwalia, Delhi
Visibility and access of the salon is very important. Other than this, attention has to be paid to ATL and BTL marketing and an increase in the number of footfalls. Once footfalls increase, then focus will be on increasing the average bill value, which can be achieved with well trained staff and quality products. Efficient and quick responses by the corporate, especially from the operations and customer care teams also are necessities.
What are the points to be remembered by your franchisee at the time of terminating the franchise agreement?
Krishna Roy, Asansol
As in the termination of any franchise agreement, certain matters need to be clarified on both sides. Briefly put they are:
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