For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, owning a business is typically the ultimate goal. Determining which kind of business best fits your goals can be tricky. When deciding whether to purchase an independent business or a franchise, it is crucial to weigh the pros and cons. All Dogs Unleashed has 16 franchise locations, so we know a lot about the opportunities franchising can offer an aspiring business owner. If you are wavering between franchising vs independent business ownership, here are some important differences to consider.

1. Ownership Control

The main attraction of owning your own independent business is your total control over that business. You choose which products and services your business will offer. You choose how to brand the business. You choose what kind of business model to use. With a franchise, many of those choices are picked for you. On the flip side, there is security and stability in franchising. The larger organization will spend the time and money to optimize the goods and services you offer by researching the marketplace. Franchise owners also benefit from the proven track record of a successful brand.

2. Costs

While independent business owners do not have to pay franchising fees or royalties, the costs of starting an independent business from the ground up are typically much greater. When you buy a franchise, you not only have a lower upfront investment, but the costs to run your business also tend to be less. You will also gain access to franchise support and financial advice to help boost your profit and offset expenses.

3. Brand Recognition

Franchise buyers have a big edge over start-up business owners when it comes to brand recognition. When you franchise with All Dogs Unleashed, for example, you get to take advantage of our established, trusted name in the dog training and care industry. We have an excellent reputation across the industry for our customer service, expertise, and holistic approach to dog care. If you are starting a business from scratch, developing this level of brand recognition and trust can take years.

4. Resources

Franchises are popular with new business owners due to the level of support provided by the corporate company. Even experienced business owners looking to break into a new industry often look for franchising opportunities because of this operational support. As a franchise owner, you can benefit from an established business system, a supplier network, marketing materials, operational advice, supply chain management, human resources, and other services. This gives you more time to focus on running your business.

5. Success Rate

While both franchises and independent businesses fail and succeed every day, franchises tend to have an advantage when it comes to long-term success. Franchises are not only more likely to succeed than independent businesses, but they are also more profitable when they do succeed. According to reporting from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20% of independent businesses close after two years, while a report from franchise consulting firm FranNet said that 92% of franchises surveyed were still going strong after two years. So while no business is fail-proof, your chances of success with a franchise are higher than with an independent business.

Some business owners thrive as independent business owners, while others find prosperity and success as franchise owners. Which business opportunity is right for you will depend on your personal and business goals, as well as any other important factors unique to your situation. But if you decide franchising is right for you, All Dogs Unleashed boasts an impeccable business model with a proven history of success. When you become a franchise owner with us, we provide excellent business support and access to a vast network of other successful business owners.