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Franchise Players: Why We Chose to Open an Insurance Franchise

Franchise Players: Why We Chose to Open an Insurance Franchise

This couple didn't have experience in insurance when they opened their Brightway franchise, but together, they were able to overcome their challenges.
Franchise Players: After the Military, a Couple Finds a Career in Franchising

Franchise Players: After the Military, a Couple Finds a Career in Franchising

Charles Fisher discovered Massage Envy Spa while heading home from serving in Iraq. The rest is franchising history.
Franchise Players: Helping Her Son Brought This Mother to Franchising

Franchise Players: Helping Her Son Brought This Mother to Franchising

Kristel Thomas was willing to do whatever it took to help her son and other kids overcome their neurological challenges. It led to her becoming a franchisee.
Franchise Players: A Dad Finds Flexibility in Franchising

Franchise Players: A Dad Finds Flexibility in Franchising

As his children's primary caregiver, franchising gives Rick Werner the flexibility he needs to be a present father.
Franchise Players: I Became a Multi-Unit Franchisee While Still in College

Franchise Players: I Became a Multi-Unit Franchisee While Still in College

Aneesh Patel got an early start in the food industry, opening five restaurant franchises before he graduated from college.
Franchise Players: How This 'Computer Mom' Became Franchisee of the Year

Franchise Players: How This 'Computer Mom' Became Franchisee of the Year

This 60-year-old mother, grandmother and franchisee has been defying stereotypes as a powerful woman in tech since 1999.
Franchise Players: Wayback Burgers Franchisee on the Power of Customer Service

Franchise Players: Wayback Burgers Franchisee on the Power of Customer Service

Howard Zeller lets history be his guide as a franchisee at this nostalgic burger joint.
Franchise Players: Jumping From a Food Franchise to a Spa Franchise

Franchise Players: Jumping From a Food Franchise to a Spa Franchise

Scott Adams took on eco-friendly franchising as a Massage Green Spa franchisee. Here's what he has learned.
Franchise Players: Helping the Earth Through Franchising

Franchise Players: Helping the Earth Through Franchising

SuperGreen Solutions gave Mark Sudak a chance to find energy efficient environmental solutions in his community.
Franchise Players: On Being the First Franchisee in a Young Industry

Franchise Players: On Being the First Franchisee in a Young Industry

LED Source is the first U.S. franchisor in the LED lighting industry. Jamie Shapiro is its first franchisee. Here's what it means to pave the way.
Franchise Players: The Life of a Franchisee Is No Cakewalk

Franchise Players: The Life of a Franchisee Is No Cakewalk

Ed Manns has been in the restaurant business since age 16. Now a Golden Corral franchisee, he knows the industry -- and all its demands -- inside and out.
Franchise Players: Mother-Daughter Duo Teams Up as Mover Marketing Franchisees

Franchise Players: Mother-Daughter Duo Teams Up as Mover Marketing Franchisees

This mother-daughter duo found a new family in franchising, all while proving that age is nothing but a number.
Franchise Players: From Blimpie Employee to Franchise Owner

Franchise Players: From Blimpie Employee to Franchise Owner

Jitin Choudhury went from working at Blimpie at age 16 with his mother to owning his own franchise.
Franchise Players: A Franchisee Finds a Sweet Spot in High School Fundraisers

Franchise Players: A Franchisee Finds a Sweet Spot in High School Fundraisers

When his parent company went under, James Thomson refused to quit the sports fundraising industry, becoming an NFP Sports franchisee.
3 Things You Must Do Before Becoming Your Own Boss

3 Things You Must Do Before Becoming Your Own Boss

Before deciding to go into business for yourself, take a deep look at your financial state and personality traits.
Franchise Players: This Man Signed His Franchise Agreement While Serving in Baghdad

Franchise Players: This Man Signed His Franchise Agreement While Serving in Baghdad

Chris Gately's first steps to become a Workout Anytime franchisee began while he was serving in the military.
Franchise Players: The Challenges of Finding Funding

Franchise Players: The Challenges of Finding Funding

For National Guard veteran Steve Grimes, the most surprising challenge in opening his franchise was finding funding.
Franchise Players: I'm Both a Franchisee and Franchisor

Franchise Players: I'm Both a Franchisee and Franchisor

A look at how Mike Lohman spearheaded an effort for Go Mini's dealers to purchase the company.
Franchise Player: From Cyclist to House-Flipper to Franchisee

Franchise Player: From Cyclist to House-Flipper to Franchisee

This franchisee worked as a professional cyclist, a cooking show host, a house-flipper and more before finding franchising.
Franchise Players: Working as a Franchisee That's Anything But Local

Franchise Players: Working as a Franchisee That's Anything But Local

When Unishippers debuted a new national model, Brian Lendin was eager to be one of the company's guinea pigs.
Beware of These 10 Franchise Ownership Myths

Beware of These 10 Franchise Ownership Myths

What to consider when weighing a decision to become a franchisee.
Franchise Players: Balancing Lives as a National Guard Pilot and a Pet Store Franchisee

Franchise Players: Balancing Lives as a National Guard Pilot and a Pet Store Franchisee

Dave O'Brien is a busy man, serving in the military while running three Pet Supplies Plus locations.
Franchise Players: A Father-Son Duo on Speeding Up Growth Through Franchising

Franchise Players: A Father-Son Duo on Speeding Up Growth Through Franchising

William and Bart Caldwell were able to grow their business fast, thanks to the backing of the right franchisor.
Franchise Players: After Opening 130 Dunkin' Donuts, They Added on Wings

Franchise Players: After Opening 130 Dunkin' Donuts, They Added on Wings

Even with 130 Dunkin' Donuts and six Wingstops, these wing kings aren't done yet.
How to Tell If a Franchisor's Marketing Will Make or Break You

How to Tell If a Franchisor's Marketing Will Make or Break You

Take your time and develop a strong sense of how franchisees feel about each aspect of their marketing program before you decide to buy in.

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