A franchise is the agreement or license between two legally independent parties which gives:
• a person or group of people (franchisee) the right to market a product or service using the trademark or trade name of another business (franchisor)
• the franchisee the right to market a product or service using the operating methods of the franchisor
• the franchisee the obligation to pay the franchisor fees for these rights
• the franchisor the obligation to provide rights and support to franchisees
A single-unit (direct-unit) franchise is an agreement where the franchisor grants a franchisee the rights to open and operate ONE franchise unit. This is the simplest and most common type of franchise. It is possible, however, for a franchisee to purchase additional single-unit franchises once the original franchise unit begins to prosper. This is then considered a multiple, single-unit relationship.
Franchisor Owns trademark or trade name Provides Support: (sometimes) financing advertising and marketing training Receives Fees
Uses trademark or trade name Expands business with franchisors support Pays Fees