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According to Investopedia, a franchise is:
A type of license that a party (franchisee) acquires to allow them to have access to a business's (the franchisor) proprietary knowledge, processes and trademarks in order to allow the party to sell a product or provide a service under the business's name. In exchange for gaining the franchise, the franchisee usually pays the franchisor initial start-up and annual licensing fees.
Business Opportunities: Franchising
Directory of websites that offer franchising opportunities by geography, investment level and other criteria.
Buying a Franchise: A Consumer Guide (FTC)
Contains information on the costs and benefits of buying a franchise, as well as other items you should consider before you sign an agreement.
Franchise Businesses (SBA)
The U.S. SBA has a workshop for helping entrepreneurs determine whether franchising is their best option.
Includes a franchise directory, an international directory of franchise trade associations as well as articles on franchising topics.
Franchise Registry (FRANDATA)
Includes a registry of available franchises.
"Franchisee University is a free information based resource for consumers, individuals and entrepreneurs interested in franchising, learning about buying a franchise and learning about franchise success statistics and factors."
Take a look at this study regarding the reliability of franchise success statistics: http://www.franchiselawsolutions.com/library/Franchise-Success-Study.pdf
Find franchise opportunities by industry or size of investment.
An extensive listing of franchisers by category as well as the Franchise 500 (largest franchises in the U.S. and Canada).
International Franchise Association
The website for this international trade organization offers resources for franchisers including a directory of suppliers, news, and educational opportunities. Some information is for members only.
Use the resources on this page to find out which jobs and which geographic regions have the highest salaries.