New Zealand's annual Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo is on Saturday and Sunday the 19th and 20th of October, at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane.
A wide range of businesses will be will be there promoting their business opportunities and services to expo visitors.
One of the main benefits of attending an exhibition such as the NZ Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo is that you can meet large numbers of useful people in one place.
Visitors, like the exhibitors, need to plan ahead to make the most of these opportunities.
Do your research
Plan ahead and find out a little bit about the exhibitors on franchisingexpo.co.nz.
Check out their websites and any articles that have been written-find out what they offer and the areas they are looking at for expansion.
Have a list prepared of what franchises you want to visit and what specific questions you want to ask. Although it may be too time consuming to research all exhibitors, it'd still be a good idea to have a few in mind before attending the expo. Remember not all advertisers on franchisingexpo.co.nz are exhibiting at the expo. And not all exhibitors advertise on the website.
Remember the exhibitor is there to talk to you. This is the beauty of the expo forum: people talking to people. Yes they are exhibiting to sell their business opportunities and this is just the first part of the process. They want to provide as many interested visitors with as much information on their business opportunity as they can.
Every individual is different, so you want to ensure the franchise you choose best fits your specific lifestyle.
Important factors to inquire about include: investment and royalty costs, hours of operation, as well as training and support.
If a certain franchise appeals to you, but you haven't had experience in the specific industry you should ask about training procedures.
Also keep in mind that there are home-based franchises-this may be the best option for a family with young children.
Get professional advice
Prior to signing anything it is imperative to get the advice of professionals, both an accountant and lawyer.
The Business Opportunities and Franchise Expo conducts regular free seminars throughout the course of the event which runs 12pm to 2pm daily.
The seminars are a valuable source of information and cover a range of relevant issues and topics about business and franchising.
They are repeated each day so visitors can ensure they hear everything they need.
A highlight of the seminars will be a presentation from McDonalds NZ on the McDonald's business and how to become a McDonald's Franchisee.
You can find out more about the exhibitors and the expo at www.franchisingexpo.co.nz.