Franchising represents a different approach to setting up your own business. It is used especially by food and retail trademarks who want to expand on their sales area without setting up their own branches. Instead, they rely on entrepreneurs dealing on their own account as franchise holders. In return for a fee, they are given permission to use the business model of the franchisor.
The benefit for entrepreneurs is that the concept has usually been tried and tested, and many people are familiar with the brand name. Starting up a new business is also aided by the fact that the franchisors will normally train their franchise holders and employ experts for technical or organisational questions. You can find out more about the opportunities offered by franchising on the Startup Portal and the German Franchise Association.
BMWi GründerZeiten no. 4: Franchise
Comprehensive information on the topic of “franchise”(PDF) (German)
BMWi Overview: Legal structures
The most important criteria for choosing your legal structure (English, German)
Types of new business (English)
iQ Fachstelle Existenzgründung (startup competence centre)
Here, you will find comprehensive information on setting up your own business (English, German, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Russian, etc.)
BMWi GründerZeiten no. 11: Rechtsformen (Legal structures)
BMWi GründerZeiten no. 26: Erlaubnisse und Anmeldungen (permits and registrations)
Germany Trade & Invest
Portal on investing in Germany (English, French, German, Spanish, etc.)