From the December 2002 issue of Entrepreneur

The appeal of something new is so powerful, it extends even to franchising, traditionally an old-school business format. New franchises lure with the promise of new ideas and new opportunities. But to reap the payoff of getting in on something new, you have to take the extra risk and do the extra homework.

The following listing of new franchises pinpoints the 50 best ground-floor opportunities as well as our complete directory of all franchises that started franchising in the past five years. Are you ready to be part of the next big thing? Then click here.