When a business owner works with an established business such as a McDonald’s® or a Motel 6® , it falls under one of two categories: franchise or corporation. There is a difference in how someone owns such a business. Before anyone decides to undertake a restaurant franchise or corporation, it is essential to understand the difference and know what comes along with each.


Running a franchise typically gives the business owner a bit more leeway in how they run the company. The business owner purchases the right to run a local business with the company brand name. The local business usually needs to meet some set standards, including look, menu items, advertising and uniforms, but the owner can change some services and features. For instance, franchisees can add local dining favorites, include features others do not have (such as Wi-Fi or televisions) and potentially use different product providers. Owning a franchise is more or less the stepping stone between running an original business and a corporation.


A corporation provides more in the way of liability protection. The corporation needs to register within a state’s business office and file annual reports. A restaurant that is part of a corporation has very little in the way of wiggle room. The owner must carry out just about every action identically to the next restaurant under the corporation. Running a corporation is fine for someone who wants to work with an established brand without having the ability to adjust how it operates. The franchise option provides more freedom than that of a corporation. For business owners interested in an established franchise, Samurai Sam’s® has brand new franchise ownership opportunities throughout the United States.
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