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Time Saving Tips for Franchise Shoppers

Time is a precious commodity these days and although buying a franchise is a time consuming process, there are ways to cut to the chase. Of course you should do your due diligence, but first make sure you’re focused on viable choices. Here are some tips to quickly identify the best franchise opportunities for you so no time is wasted.

  1. Know what you want. Before you even begin shopping around, clarify what you want in a franchise business. Make a checklist of the characteristics you’re looking for. Use your checklist to quickly weed out franchises that don’t fit the bill.
  2. Know your limits. Have your accountant help you determine how much you can invest. Then look in the FDD/UFOC to find the amount of net worth and liquidity that's required by the franchise. Don’t waste time investigating a franchise you can't afford.
  3. Look for open territory. Ask the franchisor if there are opportunities available in the area where you want to locate your business. If not, look elsewhere.
  4. Review Item 3 in the FDD/UFOC. That’s where the franchisor is required to disclose any relevant litigation history. It will give you clues about the organization’s relationships with its franchisees.
  5. Don’t bet on bad odds. Check the franchisor’s failure rate. You’ll find it in Item 20 in the FDD/UFOC. If the track record doesn’t look so hot, it’s probably not. Move on.
  6. Have the right stuff. A good franchisor will tell you what characteristics and skills they expect from franchisees. If you don’t measure up, you’re wasting your time and theirs.
  7. Get the inside scoop. Find out if a franchise is a good match for you by talking to the company’s existing franchisees. Get on the phone and start asking questions. You’ll quickly get a sense of what it would really be like to become a franchisee in this system.

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5 Hot Food Franchises for This Summer

People are always asking us what food franchises they should open. And with summer right around the corner, right now might be the best time for you to open your very own food franchise. Every franchisee is different, so these recommendations might not be the perfect fit for you, but without further ado here is my list of the five hottest food franchises for the summer of 2015.

The Franchise Experience

Many of the franchisees we talked with had to make a decision first on whether they would open an independent business or a franchised one. A few of their stories follow.

Home Helpers Earns Endorsed National Provider and Provider of Choice Honors

Home Helpers, the leading brand in in-home care, has been named an Endorsed National Provider and a Home Care Provider of Choice by Home Care Pulse. Home Care Pulse is the industry’s leading firm in satisfaction research and quality assurance, serving hundreds of home care businesses across North America.