How To Find The Right International Franchise

Are You Interested In Owning A Business Overseas?

I read an article that stated opening an iPhone repair shop is a great startup business.  It’s also a skill set that you can use international or in the U.S.  The statistics stated that iPhone repair shops owners can charge $60 to repair your iPhone (price varies by region).

This means if you repair 10 phones a week then you can earn $600.  If you multiply the weekly amount for four weeks, you can make over $2,400 a month.  Without paying storefront fees such as a rental lease, lighting bill, maintenance and so on.

The great thing about iPhones, Samsung, LG and Android phones is their uniformity.

I want to explore a little further into other opportunities for opening a business overseas and that’s owning a franchise.  A franchise is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as: “The right or license granted to an individual or group to market a company’s goods or services in a particular territory.”

We visit franchise stores all the time because it represents a larger well-known brand.  That brand has a built-in integrity and trust with its consumers.

Listed below are the pros and cons of opening each type of business.

Mobile Iphone Repair


  • Requires very little startup funding to begin business
  • Pay for additional parts for phone repairs $100-500
  • Tool repair kit = $50
  • Can advertise same day common repairs (replace the screen, battery, camera or charging port)


  • Recurring business comes from word of mouth customers
  • If you make a mistake customers can lose important data (practice repairs costs money)
  • Deal with supplier & shipping companies to purchase quality repair parts
    Competition with companies who have been in business longer

Cyber Cafe or PC Bang


  • Start off with a smaller number of newer computer units
  • Fast internet connection needed (South Korea specific)
  • Small staff (tech and business savvy) – *no gamers*
  • Be aware of games that gamers want to play (know your audience)


  • Mouse & Keyboard requires regular maintenance/upgrades
  • Clearing gaming caches
  • Fixing compatibility problems (patches) with games after software release date
  • Cleaning of desks/chairs around the computer station
  • Marketing to keep your customers up to date (Facebook, Posters, etc.)

7 Eleven


  • Brand name and recognition
  • Training on how to run a small business
  • Assistance with ordering stocks & supplies


  • Open 24/7 days a week
  • Initial franchise fees vary by location, inventory, and cash register fees.  (There’s a financing program that provides financial assistance for qualified applicants)
  • 3 to 6 months to open a store (application, credit check, background check, evaluations, training)

Yoga, Dance or Fitness Center


  • Teach a class and enjoy a great workout
  • Can upsell products such as bottles of water, workout apparel, and yoga mats
  • Charge monthly membership fees and group discounts


  • Need to obtain a teaching certificate in Yoga, dance or fitness
  •  Operating expenses (rental location, electricity, instructors, etc.)
  • Familiar with locals hangout, meetups, and social media to advertise effectively

I should state I’m not a licensed business consultant and any business decision should always involve speaking with licensed professionals.

These are only a few businesses that you can own either in the United States or overseas.  I’m sure there are a lot more Global Franchises out there (Paris Baguette, Eye Level Learning Center, McDonald’s) that I haven’t listed.

However, with these ideas, I want to know how would you open a franchise.  To further explore opening a franchise I read the book, “How To Buy A Franchise” by James A. Meaney (Attorney at Law) 202 pp. Sphinx Publishing.

Meaney introduces the reader with a word of caution about falling victim to franchise scams.  He recounts a story of a couple who sought to become business owners by purchasing vending machines and was scammed by the vending machine sellers.

Overall, the book is a great how-to guide to understand the initial process of buying a franchise.  Mr. Meaney provides in-depth chapters on; Disclosure Laws and Statements, Understanding and Negotiating The Franchise Agreement and Investigating Existing Franchises.”  It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re considering buying a franchise.

Lastly, I want to mention two very useful resources that can assist you with your research in opening a franchise overseas.

International Franchise Association

The association has great resources that include an international toolkit, and a listing of international franchising opportunities.   In addition, there’s a franchising 101 section to help you get started on your journey to owning your own business.

International Franchise Seoul

The event is captioned as “Korea’s Largest International Franchise Show.”  This annual event aims to provide the latest trends, investors, and networking opportunities for exhibitors and attendees.  This event is a great resource for anyone looking to specifically open a franchise in South Korea.

Do you have any other book suggestions regarding opening a small business?  Leave your message in the comments below.

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2 thoughts on “How To Find The Right International Franchise

  1. My friend runs a franchise store and it’s not as easy as some people think. Certainly there are those who easily embrace all these regulations and rules, but unfortunately many people can not do it.

  2. I have heard a lot about advantages and disadvantages of running a franchise store. I feels like a hectic job but in the end when all is set and done it does feel like a huge achievement.

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