For many budding business owners or those just about to consider investing in a restaurant, there’s always the initial consideration of whether it’s better to buy a franchise or start your ownAnother question that also often gets asked is: What exactly is the difference between franchising and just opening a new branch as part of a chain? There are several aspects to differentiate the two. Primarily, the difference lies in who runs or manages the business. In a franchise, a third party or franchisee runs the business on behalf of the company. Meanwhile, a branch is run by the company itself. Let’s take a closer look. 


Because a franchise is run by a third party, it follows that the profit of the franchise is split between the franchise and the company. The percentage of shares depends on the deal between the two parties. For a branch, on the other hand, all profit goes to the company.


While the company still dictates overall quality standards that branches or franchises have to adhere to, there remains a difference in terms of management. In a franchise, quality is only monitored by the company. Should the company find that the franchise has not been able to comply with their standards or rules  (whether it be in production of products or service, or maintenance of the space), the company can revoke the franchise. Meanwhile, in a branch, the company directly maintains the quality.

Employees and salaries 

In a franchise, since franchisees run the business, the employees of a franchise have no relation to the company. In a chain, each branch’s employees are also directly hired by the company. Their salaries are also part of the company’s payroll.

Business policies

It also follows that since the company is still running the chain branches, the business policies are set by the company. This is different from a franchise where the franchisee is able to set their own business policies.

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