How to Use This Site (F.A.Q.) Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering how to use our site? Browse the frequently asked questions below to learn how to navigate our website, where to find certain things at, and more. Still can't find what you're looking for? Try our Franchising F.A.Q. or contact us.

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How do I use this site?

There are hundreds of companies on our site, and we offer the opportunity to sort through these companies by Industry, Investment or State. The easiest way is to start from our home page where you can narrow your results as much or as little as you like.

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What is “Liquid Capital” or "Cash Required"?

Franchisors like to know this to ensure that their business is a fit for you financially. Basically, this is the amount of money you have or could come up with without taking on traditional loans. You can include money from your parents/partners/friends, your stock portfolio, your home equity, savings, retirement plans, and more. Webster says: Cash or assets which can be readily converted into cash.

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Why do you need so much personal information?

Buying a franchise is serious business, so giving your complete and correct information indicates your true interest in learning more about a concept. Each company works differently, some will only call, or only email, or mail; others might do all of them!

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Are you going to sell my information to anyone and everyone?

Never! Some sites like ours do re-sell your information to Brokers or Consultants or worse. But Franchise Gator will never share your information with anyone except the specific companies you requested information from. Privacy Guarantee

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I submitted my information. Now what?

You should hear from your requested companies within 1-3 business days. Should you request information but not get a reply, feel free to contact us 678-748-3022. We’ll make sure someone gets in touch with you ASAP.

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I can't find the franchise I'm looking for. Why?

First, to be 100% sure they aren’t on our site, you should check our Franchise Directory, which is listed in alphabetical order. A lot of sponsors that can’t be found anywhere else on the site can be found here. If you don’t find them here then they have never been with listed with Franchise Gator, are no longer in business or offering franchising, or they aren't actually a franchise at all. For example, Starbuck's would not be found as they are not a franchise.

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The companies are not listed alphabetically on each page?

Yeah, sorry about that. You can always see them in alphabetical order on our Franchise Directory. Most of the companies you see on our site are paid advertisers and placement depends on ranking… like with Google. We are like a smaller, poorer Google for Franchising. ☺

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Does Franchise Gator vet their advertisers?

In short, no. Just because a company has a few, or even several, complaints posted online doesn't mean it is necessarily an illegitimate business. However, there are instances where evidence is presented to us, and we make a judgement call not to share that opportunity with our site visitors. But by no means is the listing of any franchise or business opportunity an endorsement by Franchise Gator. Consider Franchise Gator a means of introduction. The real work starts thereafter. All site visitors are strongly encouraged to perform strong due diligence on each company they express interest in.

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Your Question Not Here?

You can check out our Franchising F.A.Q. or contact us anytime with your questions!

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