The primary reason for the franchise arrangement is the increased net profit for the franchisee in using the franchisor’s name, logo, brand, or trademark. The franchisor charges an upfront fee called a Franchise Fee, monthly Royalties, in some agreements a License Fee and Marketing/Advertising minimums. These additional costs to the franchisee are paid to use the franchisor’s name.
The franchise agreement is a type of partnership agreement that lays out a long term relationship between the franchisor and the franchisee. Each has a duty to the other, the franchisor provides the bulk of the package up front, whereas the franchisee pays back to the franchisor over time via a royalty fee.
Every franchise agreement should discuss the issue of the source of customers. This is known as the geographical territory, protected territory or exclusive territory. Many agreements spell out the zone or area of your customer source. It is important to understand the Geographical, Protected or Exclusive Territory Clause in the Franchise Agreement.
A franchise relationship is a partnership between two parties. The primary party is the Franchisor. This entity owns a master group of similar business selling/providing the same product or service. The Franchisor sells a ‘Right’ to his name and his conditions in exchange for a royalty fee. The second party is the Franchisee.