Remember, a franchisor wants to make sure that their brand image stays uniform across all locations, and therefore restricts many of the things that you can or can’t do. This is why a license vs franchise can easily be the better choice – and the ECS Business Model may make the most sense of all – it allows a greater total freedom than a franchise.
See our special comparisons of a license vs franchise here, with more details on each comparison page.
ECS License: Operate anywhere – even nationwide.
Typical Franchise: Territory Restrictions and corporate location approval.
ECS License: Same low monthly licensing fee, no matter how much you make.*
Typical Franchise: Ongoing royalty fees, including a percentage of sales.
ECS License: No employees or inventory.
Typical Franchise: Must hire and fire employees and maintain costly inventory.
ECS License: Your business to operate without external interference.
Typical Franchise:Rules, regulations and policy dictated by franchisor.
ECS License: Expand to other client services as you see fit.
Typical Franchise: Must operate business exactly how franchisor demands.
ECS License: Your office, your furniture, your style – have it look however you want.
Typical Franchise:Leasehold improvements and ongoing repair and maintenance often required.
ECS License: An ECS license allows you greater freedom. You will have to freedom to make your own decisions on the operation of your business.
Typical Franchise: Franchises dictate how you run your business and make business decisions for you.