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Top 10 Franchises for 2015

People are always asking us for recommendations about which franchises are the best for them to open. Every potential franchisee is different, and the franchise that’s right for you is probably not the franchise that’s right for the next person. However, there are a few franchises that we’ve got our eyes on for 2015 as good opportunities for people thinking about becoming entrepreneurs. Here’s a list of 10 franchises bound to be popular in 2015:

1. Chem-Dry

The world’s largest carpet cleaning franchise! According to ChemDry the average annual revenue per franchise owner is $263,779. That’s a heck of a lot of revenue for carpet cleaning. People are always going to look to get their carpet cleaned, so succeeding as franchisee should not depend on the fluctuations in the market.

2. Doc Popcorn

A new twist on a classic food. Popcorn is a very popular snack that isn’t just confined to movie theaters anymore. Doc Popcorn has three different types of stores you can open including a store, a kiosk, or simply a cart. If you have a high traffic venue in mind where people need snacks, you gotta think about opening one of these franchises.

3. Hobby Quest

After school programs for children are very important, as it is another opportunity to further a child’s education. Hobby Quest is a franchise that meets that challenge by providing children with educational activities that are interesting to them but also are fun! Some example include aviation, magic, fashion, and photography!

4. Dickey's Barbeque

Everyone knows what a BBQ joint is, but what about a BBQ joint with 5 different revenue streams? Dickey’s franchisees can make money on dine-in, retail, take-out, catering, and holiday meals. Wow! As a restaurateur, you’re always looking for new ways to increase revenue and Dickey’s provides that opportunity to you.

5. Marble Slab Creamery

While fro-yo may be all the talk these days, don’t forget that ice cream is just as popular. Marble Slab is an industry leader in ice cream as well as quick service restaurants. With a $30,000 franchise fee, getting into the business shouldn’t be cost-prohibitive.

6. UFC Gym

What happens when a hot brand gets into the fitness game, UFC Gym. This franchise allows its franchisees to leverage one of the most valuable brands in MMA to differentiate from all the other gyms out there. As UFC becomes more popular, these gyms are bound to get more popular as well.

7. Bricks 4 Kidz

Kids love building things. And Bricks for Kidz franchisees provide children’s programming by leveraging the power of LEGO bricks. It’s so popular that it was even ranked #1 Children’s Enrichment Franchise in Entrepreneur Magazine’s January 2014 edition.

8. Five Star Painting

Everyone needs painters, so why not make money fulfilling that need. Five Star Painting is an industry leader in painting franchising and gives its franchisees the support they need to succeed.

9. Mathnasium

The third of our children’s franchises to keep an eye on in 2015, Mathnasium enriches children’s lives by providing after school tutoring in math. If you’re looking for a way to both educate and make money, Mathnasium is an excellent choice for a franchise.

10. Cruise Planners – American Express Travel

Becoming a Cruise Planners franchisee is a great move for someone looking to marry the flexibility of being your own boss and the promise of a nice financial return. Helping people plan travel is a lucrative business, and you could be a part of it.

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5 Ways to Evaluate Your Franchise Options

A great way to go and figure out whether or not the franchise you’re thinking about is the right one for you is to just go into a location and take a look around. Watch how things run. Talk to some of the employees or the customers. Figure out what day to day operations are like. If you have a big problem with the day to day business for any reason then it probably isn’t the right franchise for you. But if you go there and think that the business is great then it’s probably a good fit.

What is a Franchise?

Most of you are probably already familiar with franchises. You may even patronize a variety of franchised businesses without realising that they are franchises. These businesses range from car servicing and financial services to yogurt and home repairs. According to the International Franchise Association(IFA) franchises employed nearly 9,000,000 Americans in 2015 and generated nearly $880 billion. Franchising is difficult to escape.