Why Franchising is the Best Path Toward a Solid Retirement

Retirement planning through franchising

How to Improve Your Retirement Plans Through Franchising

From the moment we begin working during our teenage years, earning enough savings to comfortably retire is the end goal. Many would rather enjoy their sunset years traveling, enjoying time with their family, or relaxing as opposed to working until they are 90. That is part of the American dream. 

Unfortunately, that isn’t the reality that most of us will face once we reach retirement age. Saving money for the future is difficult due to the rising cost of living combined with national and global economic issues. Being able to comfortably retire has become a pipe dream for some, but that doesn’t have to be the case for all.

Franchising has quickly become a popular option for those wanting to improve their retirement savings and ultimately reach their goals. Owning a business gives you more freedom and an increased opportunity for profits. Business owners have a ready-made organization with an established brand name and business model with franchising. Franchise support systems provide owners with the tools to market, maintain, and create an effective and profitable business. With increased revenues comes the ability to increase retirement savings.

Below are several ways franchising can assist in your path to retirement and your retirement itself.

Being Your Own Boss

One of the more enticing reasons to purchase a franchise is the opportunity to be your own boss. Many of us spend years working for a company. By purchasing a franchise, you are becoming part of an established system while also creating flexibility. This will enable you to plot your path to retirement while also generating your own income under the franchise model. You can create an exit strategy that works for you. Whether it’s handing the keys to the franchise off to a family member or selling it to another entrepreneur, you control your own destiny once you hit retirement age. 

Challenges on a national and corporate level can force people to look at their career and retirement through a different lens.

Utilize 401(k) to Invest in Yourself

Challenges on a national and corporate level can force people to look at their career and retirement through a different lens. A volatile business climate can negatively impact your 401(k). Rather than watching your 401(k) go down each month, those savings can be used to purchase a franchise. This allows individuals to take control of their own destiny and invest in their own business. While nothing is guaranteed, purchasing a franchise allows you to bet on yourself using an established brand name and business model. Data shows that profits created from franchising businesses are typically higher than non-franchised businesses in a comparable industry. That means you can create a stream of income to help fund your retirement.

Franchise Investing

For those who have money in the bank and are willing to use it as an investment, becoming a franchise investor is a great way to let your money work for you while you enjoy your retirement. As a franchise investor, you purchase a franchise and put the proper team in place to manage your business while you oversee the operation. With the right team in place, your business can operate efficiently while providing you with a steady stream of income. This can be done with one franchise or by taking advantage of multiple franchise opportunities. The income acquired from being a franchise investor can help fund your life during retirement.

Semi-Absentee Ownership

Different from being a franchise investor, semi-absentee ownership gives you the ability to be involved in your business without worrying about day-to-day operations. This is a great option for retirees looking to continue contributing to their retirement plan while also staying busy. From vending to laundry and cleaning services, these franchise opportunities require little time from the owner. For retirees looking to continue building wealth, semi-absentee ownership provides the satisfaction of working and more free time to enjoy travel and relaxation.

No matter what your plans are for retirement, franchising can play a major role in helping you reach your end goals. Whether you want to utilize your 401(k) to purchase a franchise or become a franchise investor, franchising can help you build wealth and increase your retirement savings at any age. The ultimate goal is to provide the flexibility and options for your particular retirement.

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Bill McPherson is the vice president of franchise development for postnet.com, a global leader in high-quality printing and shipping solutions, and AlphaGraphics, a leading franchisor of printing and marketing solutions. With over 29 years of franchise leadership, he has led franchise development and real estate for B2B, B2C, retail, and in-home senior care concepts.
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