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1.-What about Franchises? Would this be a good idea?
Franchises will be a very good option for the company to support its growth with minimal investment. The company is facing serious shortage of fund and bankruptcy is looming over the company and thus, frachising will greatly help the company to overcome its financial difficulties, while maintaining growth and expansion at the same time.
While franchising provides franchisees with a proven system and the support of a much larger organization, the advantages to the franchisor are even more significant.
Capital - Since franchisees use their own capital, the franchisor has virtually no investment at the unit level. Franchising allows companies to leverage off the assets of franchisees.
Return on Investment - Because of this lower investment, ROI will be significantly higher.
Risk Reduction - With no capital invested in units, risk is reduced substantially.
Limited Contingent Liability - The franchisor will not be signing leases, taking on financing, etc., and will thus expand with limited contingent liability.
Speed of Growth - By leveraging off of the time and efforts of its franchisees, a franchisor can grow much faster without adding staff.
Reduced Role in Day-to-Day Operations - As a franchisor, your primary concern involves the franchisee's top line performance, reducing the scope of your involvement in day-to-day management.
Reduced Vicarious Liability - The liability for acts of employees (e.g., sexual harassment, EEOC violations, etc.) and for occurrences in the unit (e.g., slip-and-fall) accrues to the franchisee, not the franchisor, for the most part.
Highly Motivated Management - Franchising can provide a company with highly motivated management who will treat individual units as its own.
Quality Control - Franchisees generally keep their units in better operational shape than unit managers and, as a part of the community, are better able to promote these units locally.
Long-Term Management - The franchisor can invest in the long-term training of its franchisees, as they are unlikely to leave short-term.
Unit Performance - Units are generally better run, as is reflected in the fact that franchised stores generally outperform company-owned stores in terms of sales volume.
Lean Structure - ...