Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Starting a business in Mexico: Franchises

For those expats who are undecided about what kind of business to start, franchises are a good option.  While there are pros and cons to opening a franchise anywhere in the world, opening a franchise as an expat gives you the systems and guidelines you need to make the business work.  Another very important point is to watch the trends in the United States and Europe because Mexico tends to adapt the same trends several years later.

Here's an example:

At the beginning of 2005, a frozen yogurt chain called Pinkberry took Southern California by storm.  People were lining up to get their hands on the yogurt and soon after Pinkberry had a cult like following.  Other chains followed - RedMango, YogiBerry, etc.

Mexico didn't have many frozen yogurt shops, but I saw three franchises pop up on a two block stretch of Masaryk (The Rodeo Drive of Mexico City) in less than one month - Tasti D Lite, Yogen Früz (a Canadian chain), Moyo Frozen Yogurt.  

The point here is to always be looking for trends in other countries because most likely, sooner or later those trends will become popular in Mexico.  It is crucial to analyze the franchise and see if it really fits into the Mexican culture.  Another good way to get a gage on what could be successful is to look at where Mexicans who travel are going when they are abroad. 

Here is a link to Mexico's Franchise Expo (franchises from around the world).


  1. This article is really informative and the information you shared is might be useful specially to people of Mexico. Nice to read about the Pinkberry.

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  2. I think I will have to try this tomorrow! I just found your blog and am looking forward to reading more of it! Thanks for sharing :-)
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