OK. I'll weigh in a bit here.
When I first joined this group I was actually doing reasonably well, and I decided to start franchising. In that vein, I have done a LOT of research and planning.
Unfortunately, certain financial obstacles have come about, and I just have not been able to move forward.
If you already have a well established deck business, the only real advantage of joining Archadeck is name recognition.
If on the other hand, you are struggling, and leads are either hard to come by or hard to close, then joining a national brand might work for you.
(another)IF Archadeck has a well known name and good reputation in your area, and is a common presence in local advertising, as well as having an extensive web site for people to look at, it might be something to think about.
The main advantage of buying ANY franchise is the idea of a ready made business, which you run independently, but with someone in the back room (so to speak)holding your hand.
There are thousands of franchise operations in every conceivable industry. Food, training, gyms, wellness, food, mobility, old age care, food, construction, fashion, financial services, food.
Before you go and take the plunge with Archadeck, go to a few franchise shows to see what else is out there, research the whole concept on line, contact other ARchideck franchsies even if they are 3 states away. Do your homework.
By far, franchises are the most successful of new business startups, becuase they are not starting from scratch. The real key though is the franchisor. If the main operation is just churning to get the franchise fee (usually $25-50,000, plus training, tools, etc,) and current franchisees aren't enthusiastic, stay away.
If feedback is positive, then investigate further.
Please message me or email me if you have questions.