Start a Business
There are pros and cons to starting your own business versus buying an existing business or a franchise.
Pros of Starting a Business
- Less Capital Needed —
There are less costs up front when starting a business.
- You Can Create It Your Way —
There is no franchised cookie-cutter format.
- You Can Manage It Your Way —
There are no franchise operation policies.
- Higher Initial Profits —
Extra money is not needed for the cost of purchasing an existing business to pay for up-front franchise fees or on-going franchise royalties.
- Ability to React Quickly to Marketplace Change —
No bureaucracy to prevent or slow down change.
Cons of Starting a Business
- Higher Failure Rate —
There is no franchise support. Success rate is primarily based on the owner's plan.
- Longer Start-up Time —
It takes longer to open versus buying an existing business or a franchise.
- Can Be Harder and More Expensive to Build a Customer Base —
There isn't one established as with an existing business or a franchise.
- Hard to Get Traditional Financing —
You are selling your own idea.
- Hard to Start a Business From Scratch —
You have to create everything.
- Lack of Experience —
For those that have not owned a business the challenges will be new and more difficult.
- Smaller Support System —
There won't be assistance from franchise management.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to hurry into business. So it is important to review the pros and cons of each business start-up option, and make sure that the business you are exploring fits your needs, experience, and financial capacity.
Small Business Center Locations
Henderson County Campus
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
180 West Campus Dr.
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons
45 Oak Park Dr.
Brevard, NC 28712
Fletcher Town Hall
300 Old Cane Creek Road
Fletcher, NC 28732
Small Business Center