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6 Franchises to Watch in 2017

Looking back at 2016, what types of franchises experienced the most growth? Personal services, lodging, business services, quick-service restaurants, retail products and services, and commercial and residential services were all forecasted to grow from 1.6 to 1.9 percent over the last year. The top...Read More

By Eric Bell | Posted January 24, 2017

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Franchise Ownership and Your Financial Legacy

Want to create a lasting legacy that can be passed on to your children? When you first think of buying a franchise business that may not be your initial goal, but a franchise is a great way to give your children (or spouse) a valuable and sustainable income source. It’s never too early to plan...

By | Posted January 18, 2017

Funny Franchise Names that Mean Serious Business

Zoup! Fast-casual restaurants continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of the franchise industry. Zoup! offers a niche soup concept within this booming category with its premium and proprietary soups served along with sandwiches and salads all made with fresh, all-natural ingredients. At...

By Suzanne Musial | Posted January 11, 2017

The Future of Franchising

The state of the franchising industry? Strong as ever. Like the stock market, the franchise industry goes through equivocations, usually tracking against shifts in the economy. But over the long haul, franchise businesses, just like the stock market, have proven to be among the soundest...

By | Posted January 09, 2017

With This Business, I Thee Wed: 6 Things to Consider When Going into Business with Your Spouse

Lucy and Desi. Melinda and Bill. Jay-Z and Beyonce. These famous business partner couples have made it look relatively easy. What you don’t see, though, is the hard work they likely had to go through to create a partnership that works for both their personal and business lives. If you’re...

Posted December 20, 2016

Why Franchising Is Great for Women

In the past, buying a franchise may have been considered more of a man's game, but all that has changed. From 2010 to 2015, the number of women in franchising increased by 45 percent according to Entrepreneur. And the International Franchising Association (IFA) reported that women owned more...

By Suzanne Musial | Posted October 03, 2016

Why Veterans Make Great Franchisees

According to the International Franchise Association as reported in Forbes magazine, one out of every seven franchises in the United States is owned by a veteran. Franchisors welcome veterans with open arms, giving them special incentives and training programs to help the transition from the...

By Suzanne Musial | Posted August 30, 2016

Top 10 Traits of Successful Franchisees

Becoming a franchisee is not for everyone, but franchisees who find success have many characteristics in common that help them along the way. Think you have what it takes to be successful in franchising? Here are the top 10 traits that successful franchise owners possess: 1. Leader /...

By Suzanne Musial | Posted August 22, 2016

How to Determine If an Emerging Franchise Is Right for You

Franchise Gator is excited to present this guest article from Lori Kiser-Block, a long-time associate of Franchise Gator. Recently, Lori founded The Decide Group which provides assistance to emerging franchise brands. We asked Lori for this contribution, as her insight is perfectly aligned with...

Posted July 06, 2016

4 Reasons Franchising is Perfect for Retirees

Retirement used to be the time to live off your nest egg and Social Security, see the world, and spend time with your grandkids. Increasingly, however, many retirees are finding out that life after work isn't everything they thought it would be. Maybe their grandkids are busy going to sports...

By Suzanne Musial | Posted May 10, 2016

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