Taking the big leap to become your own business owner is exciting and scary at the same time. Many entrepreneurs are choosing to go the franchise route of running their own business because there is a built-in support structure and generally it is more affordable then striking out totally on your own. There are so many different types of franchises out there though that the challenge becomes which type of franchise to buy into.
BBQ franchises are growing in popularity and are becoming popular money-makers. Here are 8 Reasons to Buy a BBQ Franchise:
1. You Love Barbecue
Finding dishes that will bring in the crowds is key to your success so you will want to choose wisely. Barbecued meats are a meat lover’s dream so a barbecue franchise will always be a sure hit, because who doesn’t love a good barbecue? And if you pick the right franchise with a varied menu, you will also have good options for customers who want to avoid red meats or who prefer fish.
2. No Cookie Cutter Dishes
One of the reasons some people choose to open their own business instead of buying into a franchise program is that they want to be able to be more creative in planning their menu and in cooking. No cookie cutter dishes for you. That is the great thing about barbecue. There are so many nuances when it comes to cooking the meat just right and adding the right blend of sauces to get the mouthwatering result you were hoping for. It takes a lot of skill and is a true art form so you will never feel like you are more a factory than a restaurant.
3. It’s More Than a Typical Fast Food Franchise
When people think of franchises, they first picture fast food burger joints that sell typical fare like burgers, French fries and milkshakes. By choosing a barbecue franchise instead, you will be able to offer your customers a totally different culinary experience that they will love, but still get the quick service they desire. With a barbecue franchise like Chaps Pit Beef, you can offer not only great barbecue, but also homemade sides like mac and cheese, cole slaw or green beans and stewed tomatoes.
4. With a BBQ Franchise, You Always Have a Safety Net
A barbecue franchise besides offering you a diverse menu also provides you a strong support structure to help you be as successful as possible with your new business endeavor. Not only will the franchisor help you launch your new restaurant, they also provide ongoing support as well. You will always have a safety net to keep you from heading into dangerous waters.
This can be a good or bad thing though depending on your personality. If you don’t like having to follow a certain preset criteria, this might not be the best path for you. Again though if you are new to running a franchise, you will probably appreciate all the extra guidance.
5. You Get Built In Marketing & Advertising
A big part of having this safety net is that it comes with built in marketing and advertising resources and campaigns. The whole point of joining a BBQ franchise instead of opening one on your own is that you can bank on their brand power. They have already established brand recognition and will be able to use it for your benefit through national marketing and advertising campaigns.
6. So Many Delicious Proprietary Methods of Smoking Meats
As a BBQ connoisseur, probably what you will enjoy the most about buying a BBQ franchise is that you get to become a part of a delicious proprietary method of smoking meat. At Chaps, we have our own unique way to make pit beef so if you buy into our franchise program, you will get to perfect our special version of BBQ.
7. New BBQ Restaurant Openings Always Create a Buzz
New restaurant openings are always a big deal in every community, and BBQ restaurants are especially popular because not everyone has the time to do that type of cooking at home. Barbecuing right takes a lot of time and patience that not everyone has.
8. Always a High Energy, Fast-Paced Environment
If you thrive on a high energy, fast-paced environment, then you will love owning a BBQ franchise. You will always have a steady flow of customers that will keep you busy, and with delicious food and high quality customer service, all your staff and customers will bring so much positive energy into your restaurant.
Picking the Right BBQ Franchise
Ultimately, the key to your success is finding the right franchisor for your vision. Before you make your final choice make sure you ask for some references to call and that you have the answers to some key questions like what the market saturation is like for barbecue franchises. You don’t want to invest all this money and time into a barbecue joint when they are already similar restaurants already on every corner of your area. Also find out what is their approach to marketing and advertising is. Will they offer support in that area or are you on your own. Most importantly, make sure there are no secrets that will pop up later and possibly hurt your success. Know exactly what you can expect from the parent company and what they expect from you, including all financial requirements.
Initial investment for franchises range from just under $10K to 100K or more. You need to factor in the cost of the initial franchising fee and any monthly royalty fees. And this is on top of the money you will need for rent, food and staff. Some franchisors will also require to pay an advertising fee and to buy products from them or a certain vendor. Read your franchise agreement closely so you understand exactly what you are getting involved in.
No matter what you choose, make sure you do a lot of research so that you are making an informed decision and not flying by the seat of your pants.
We at Chaps Pit Beef have made a name for ourselves with our delicious barbecue and friendly customer service. Learn more about our franchising opportunities here.