Preparing to open a franchise opportunity requires a number of tasks to be accomplished. Franchisees must acquire financing, select a unit location and hire employees. However, even once all these elements are in place, there is still more to be done, and often, this is covered through franchisor-provided training sessions.

Franchisee training is one of the perks of investing in a franchise opportunity. It provides unit owners with all the product and service information they need as well as operations, marketing and accounting procedures - everything an independent business owner would have to discover and learn on his or her own, often by trial and error.

Following an agreement signing, franchisees will most likely visit the franchise's headquarters or another training facility to begin learning the specifics of the system and how to work within it, the Web site Franchising.com writes.

"This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and take notes (It can be an intense learning experience and you can't remember it all). In the beginning, you should ask about documentation for the training, including the operations manual and any other training manuals or materials the franchisor can provide," the Web site explains.

The operations manual is actually where most franchisors will being their training programs. In this document, franchisees will find the operations standards a franchisor expects of its unit owners as well as the information needed to succeed when they first open their doors. Furthermore, it's often the basis for more rigorous training down the line.

However, training doesn't end in the classroom. According to Franchising, most franchisors will send staff to assist new franchisees in opening their units.

"Here, these professionals work closely with you and guide you through everything you'll need to know as you prepare to open. They often remain by your side through your grand opening and sometimes even beyond. This period of time offers you great hands-on training right in your own place of business," the site adds.

Franchisees should consider these relationships to be the foundation for a strong franchisee-franchisor partnership from which unit owners can receive help with procuring inventory, equipment and supplies.

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