Let the Good Times Roll

Franchising isn't just about burgers and windshield repair (not that there's anything wrong with that). Nowadays, it's about having fun.

Hey, remember when you were in high school, and your friends would invite you to a big kegger, where there'd be a live blues band, a magic show and all the submarine sandwiches you could eat? "It'll be fun," they'd say. "You need to get out more." Then you'd arrive--and there'd be three people there, playing some inane drinking game in the corner, offering you a cold can of PBR and blasting Led Zeppelin to make it sound like a real party. Real fun.

For many of you, the idea of buying a franchise sounds about as much fun as that "kegger." You keep hearing about how much fun you'll have--then you get there, some guy in a suit hands you a stack of papers to fill out, and you're on your merry way to a rip-roarin' time washing windows in Nowheresville, USA.

Fortunately, however, plenty of franchisors were just as traumatized by those high school parties and thought up ways to make owning a franchise just as enjoyable as starting your own venture from scratch. On the next five pages, we spotlight 70 franchise opportunities in a variety of happening industries and with varying startup costs that prove "franchising" and "fun" are no longer mutually exclusive. Of course, always do your own detective work before investing any money or signing any agreements, as this listing is not intended to recommend or endorse any particular opportunity. And have fun!

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This article was originally published in the April 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Let the Good Times Roll.

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