Many companies start out with one basic idea but from there a lot of different kinds of business organisations are possible. For instance, when online casinos first came out, everyone would have envisioned that every one of them would naturally be a PayPal casino (one supported by PayPal as a payment method). That wasn’t quite the case, with PayPal-supported casinos existing as part of some kind of premium online casino bracket.
Every business needs to do what it is best suited to do. An organisation will have a different structure than another because of different requirements and different people. Here are some of the different kinds of business organisations you could have.
Franchises are one of the most common business models but also one of the most complicated. In a franchise a business is bought by an owner who operates it for them and can choose when to expand or close the business. There is also some sort of legal responsibility or obligation to this person, and sometimes an exclusive contract to help them do that. In a franchise, you have no input into what goes on. The franchises start their own services or products, these become their own business, and the franchise owner can then make their own decisions on that.
There are also business models where a business company acts as a “contract manager” for an individual or business company. They are more like a big firm that is to provide support services for these companies. They charge for their services but also sometimes get a commission from sales. In this model the client or company pays for the service, the manager can’t sell it directly but they could promote it. They have marketing responsibilities, all the key people have been found and the manager has put together a plan, but ultimately the company decides to make the final decisions.
In this kind of business you could have 10 different companies all run as a single group, with their own director. Their plan includes marketing and sales, and they also have management responsibilities.
You could also start your own company but also have other people run it for you. This is the same as a franchise but there is an additional ownership role and often the responsibility for profits. In this model you have more control, but you still have to pay your employees and the company has ownership of your company. This is a long term plan, they are running a business and you are working for them.
Social entrepreneurs are often started by very successful business people who want to make a difference in the world by making money while doing so. They often don’t know where they want to go but they believe that their business will help to make change in the world and they will also make money along the way. Social Entrepreneurs work for the long term and they often offer products or services that they have developed as a way of making a profit. They offer much more than just a product or service, they usually have a social cause.