Top 10 Industries For a Recession: Is Your Industry On The List?
Between major bank failures and mind-boggling bailouts, "recession" has become the most dreaded buzzword in the nation. But as always, whether times are bad or good depends on your point of view. Recession is not necessarily bad for business—in fact, some industries have no problem weathering recession because their services are necessity, not luxury. In fact, some business leaders are downright chipper about the situation. Check out our list of top industries for a recession to see why.
No matter what's going on, people still get sick and injured. Some studies have also shown that healthcare needs increase during recession due to the associated stress.
Computers, cars, jewelry, houses. If it can be fixed, people will choose repairs over buying new replacements to save money.
During times of economic uncertainty, companies hedge their bets with temps rather than commit to hiring more long-term employees.
Even in economic decline, people want the best education for their children. Supplemental learning centers, tutoring services, and test preparation franchises are all good bets.
Home care services are growing fast. These typically non-medical services offer an excellent alternative to expensive retirement centers for seniors who are still in good health.
From payroll to PR, companies save money by outsourcing services rather than paying full-time staff.
This is one business that improves when the economy slips. During these times, coupons are equally attractive to both upper- and lower-income shoppers.
With personal debt at an all-time high, demand in the debt settlement industry is as great as it's ever been.
From sporting goods to designer duds, consignment shops offer a win-win scenario for shoppers and sellers alike. Already a $12 billion industry, the resale industry is expected to grow 5% this year while many major retailers take a tumble.
A good property management company can protect the owners' investments during dicey times. It doesn't matter if real estate is selling or not—the only time property management could suffer is if the population lowers.
Understanding Franchise Opportunity Rankings: The Entrepreneur Franchise 500
The Franchise 500 list is the most well-known and commonly cited of the various franchise rankings, but some confusion surrounds the methodology behind Entrepreneur's ratings. Through a series of articles on FranchiseHelp.com, we'll take a closer look at what goes into compiling these rankings (those from Entrepreneur and those from other sources) and what a prospective franchise buyer can glean from them when trying to make an informed decision about joining a particular franchise system.
Before Buying a Franchise Identify Your TRUE Investment
Your approach as a potential franchise buyer is to identify the real investment dollars you’ll need to get the franchise to profitability. The initial source of this information is Item 7 in the FDD. Item 7 is a schedule that details the estimated investment in the franchise. This schedule includes the cost of various items, including: the initial franchise fee, training related expenses, rent, insurance, professional fees for legal and accounting services, supplies, equipment, licenses and permits and additional working capital. Depending upon the specific franchise, there may be added categories. When reviewing the Item 7 schedule it’s important to know that franchisors are not required to list every type of fee or expense that might be part of the investment in the franchise but rather the likely investment needed to start the franchise. As you work to establish your investment number keep in mind the words “estimated” and “typical.” Item 7 is a guide, and as such, you should use this information accordingly.
10 Business Opportunities for Under $25K
Here’s just a snapshot of a few of those options that are available.