Some franchisors may give you a separate reference list of franchisees to contact. To ensure that you get the full picture, you may want to contact at least some references listed in the disclosure document that are not on the separate list.

Associations of Franchisees Operating Similar Outlets

There’s no question that the disclosure document is critical reading for potential franchisees. Associations of franchisees who are operating similar outlets are another important source of information. Whether or not these associations are sponsored or endorsed by the franchisor, they can provide information about the state of the relationship between the franchisor and its franchisees. You may want to ask a franchisee association about:

* its membership, history, goals, its relationship with the franchisor
* any benefits in buying from one franchisor versus a competitor
* any problems franchisees are facing in the operation of their outlets