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Posted on Jun 27, 2011

Welcome to Economist Franchise Fair Attendees!

Welcome Economist Franchise Fair Attendees to Franchise Help

Hello, Economist Franchise Fair attendees! We're delighted to have you join the thousands of others who've already discovered

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What's in these materials? Here's the course's "lesson plan":

  • Day 1 - Scary Statistics from a Harvard Professor
  • Day 2 - The Myth of "Buying" a Franchise
  • Day 3 - Is Franchising Right for Me?
  • Day 4 - Which franchise Do I "Buy"?
  • Day 5 - Time to Do Research - reading the Franchise Disclosure Document
  • Day 6 - Additional Research (Beyond the FDD)
  • Day 7 - How Do I Finance My Franchise Purchase?
  • Day 8 - Preparing to Sign the Franchise Agreement
  • Day 9 - Almost Up and Running
  • Day 10 - Latest Trends & Developments in Franchising Today

Our suggestion is that you sign up for the course and either go through the emails as they arrive over the next 10 days or just save them in your inbox as a valuable resource to refer to later in your franchise search.

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We have all kinds of advice to get you started, help with your search, and make sure you avoid mistakes.

Here's a quick sample of our "how-to" type content and guides -- feel free to read in any order (you'll notice we go much more in-depth than most anything you'll find online -- that's very much on purpose. Take this search seriously: a franchise is a BIG investment!)

Ready to start exploring industries? You can use the Fast Franchise Search tool, located at the top-right of every page on this blog (looks just like the image to the right), to search for franchises by industry and investment level.Fast Franchise Search Tool - Franchise Help

If you're still looking for more high-level guidance on industries, you can go directly to our franchise and industry write-ups. Here are some popular franchise industry write-ups:

Of course, you can also find thousands of franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements, and sources for your due diligence in our FDD / UFOC Franchise Documents Store.

Finally, if you're ever looking for information or documents pertaining to a particular franchise business, you can just navigate to the homepage and search using the Universal Search Box at the top-right of every page (looks just like the image to the right). The Universal Search is pretty amazing -- just start typing the name of a franchise or industry to see what happens!Universal Franchise and Industry Search Box - Franchise Help

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