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How does this site work?

Our site makes it easy to contact franchises that want to expand in your area. Search for businesses that are currently available in your state, and "request more information" through our safe and secure contact form. We share your information ONLY with the franchises you request. You can expect an email or phone reply to start your conversation with franchise development executives.

What is a franchise?

Franchising is a popular business model that shares growth between a local franchise owner and a central franchisor. 'Franchisors' sell the rights to their franchise -- business logo, name, and model -- to third party operators, called 'franchisees.' Franchises offer many advantages for starting a new business, and in the United States, franchises account for more than 40 percent of new small businesses. Research our list of franchise opportunities available in your region to start your path to business ownership.

How can I buy a franchise?

Your first step in buying a franchise is to find a franchise you are interested in, then contact the franchisor. Our 'Request Free Info' form connects you directly with franchises available near you. A typical buying process will include a phone conversations and even a Discovery Day visit to see if you and the franchise are a good fit for each other.

How much does it cost to start a franchise?

Franchise costs can vary widely, depending on the business. Initial franchise fees may be as low as $10,000 for some franchises, while others may require $100,000 or more, especially if you are building a new location. Many franchises ask how much cash you have to invest (i.e., 'liquid capital') as part of the initial contact form, and followup conversations will help you determine exact amounts needed in your area, and what you can expect for your investment.

What is the best franchise to own?

'Best' is in the eye of the beholder, and the best franchise for you depends on your unique experience and preferences. For instance, do you want to work indoors or out, or year-round or seasonally? Do you want to provide products to consumers, or services to businesses? Use criteria like these to narrow your list of business to buy, then request more information to contact your favorites.

How to own a franchise

Owning a franchise is a cross between selecting a business partner and interviewing for a job. You are buying a business that you own locally, but you are also agreeing to follow the franchise's standards for brand and product consistency. So having enough 'liquid capital' (available cash on hand) is one of the first qualifying questions you must answer, but it's even more important to 'request more information' and talk with franchisors, to see if your are a good fit for each other.

Is Starbucks a franchise?

While the typical 'brick and mortar' Starbucks stores are not available as franchise opportunities in the United States, kiosks and cafes are available inside current retailers, such as a supermarket or a mall. If you want to capitalize on consumer demand for coffee or beverage stores, you will find a number of growing regional or national brands offering franchise rights. Research what's available in your area, then contact franchisors directly through our Request Info form.

Is Chipotle a franchise?

Currently, franchise opportunities are not available with Chipotle. But Food and Restaurants is a popular categories for new franchises, and you will find many growth opportunities where you can own the brand for your area. Depending upon where you wish to start your franchise, selections and start-up costs vary. Add a few favorites to your Info List and Request More Info to take the next step, which will include talking to each franchisor to understand its investment process.

Is McDonald's a franchise?

McDonald's is a worldwide franchise with many established locations. That means new locations are limited to areas where McDonald's has not developed, or where existing franchise owners are ready to sell or retire. So your first step is to research franchises are currently available in your area. If your favorite isn't currently available, consider similar business where you can get in on the ground floor of an emerging brand.

How do I contact franchises?

Our site makes it easy to contact franchises that want to expand in your area. Search for businesses that are currently available in your state, and "request more information" through our safe and secure contact form. We share your information ONLY with the franchises you request. You can expect an email or phone reply to start your conversation with franchise development executives.

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