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At This New Fast-Food Restaurant, Human Interaction Is Almost Zero
Fast Food

At This New Fast-Food Restaurant, Human Interaction Is Almost Zero

Eatsa opens today in San Francisco, serving up quinoa bowls without a visible employee presence.
Kate Taylor
This Man Climbed the Ladder by Sticking With Gutters
Franchisees

This Man Climbed the Ladder by Sticking With Gutters

Loyalty and ambition drive a U.S. success story.
'Creating Smiles and Stories' for Customers Is Just One of This Mega-Franchisee's Goals
Franchise Players

'Creating Smiles and Stories' for Customers Is Just One of This Mega-Franchisee's Goals

With 74 western U.S. Dairy Queen locations, and 43 years as both franchisor and franchisee, Bill Spae is also focused on growth.
Entrepreneur Staff
This Franchisee Investigated a Restaurant Company He Liked and Signed On
Franchise Players

This Franchisee Investigated a Restaurant Company He Liked and Signed On

Paul Scholtes had a yen for Asian cuisine and loved how the menu at Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen encompassed delicacies from ten different regions.
Entrepreneur Staff
Iced Coffee Challenge: How Do Fast-Food Restaurants Measure Up to Coffee Chains?
Coffee

Iced Coffee Challenge: How Do Fast-Food Restaurants Measure Up to Coffee Chains?

In a blind taste test, our team of testers sampled iced coffees from a number of businesses including McDonald's, Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts.
Kate Taylor
Will This Decision Force Franchises to Reconsider Their Business Models?
Joint Employer

Will This Decision Force Franchises to Reconsider Their Business Models?

The National Labor Relations Board's latest move means franchisors can be held legally accountable by workers.
Kate Taylor
How a Long Wait in Line Made This Franchisee Understand Demand and Provide a Solution
Franchise Players

How a Long Wait in Line Made This Franchisee Understand Demand and Provide a Solution

While waiting for a blowout, Hiedeh Honari realized that San Francisco could use more blow dry bars. So, she took action.
Kate Taylor
Here's What the McWhopper Would Actually Look Like
Burger King

Here's What the McWhopper Would Actually Look Like

Burger King wants to combine the Whopper and McDonald's Big Mac for one day, in one location. Here's a guide to making it yourself.
Kate Taylor
A McWhopper Proposal From Burger King Takes McDonald's by Surprise
Competition

A McWhopper Proposal From Burger King Takes McDonald's by Surprise

Burger King wants the two chains to put aside their differences to create a mega burger for a good cause.
Kate Taylor
How This Couple Went From Customers to Franchisees
Franchise Players

How This Couple Went From Customers to Franchisees

After a great experience with DirectBuy, David and Kathie Weishaar decided to become franchisees themselves.
Kate Taylor
Are People Your Passion? Here Are 111 Franchises That Might Suit You.
Franchises

Are People Your Passion? Here Are 111 Franchises That Might Suit You.

Pick your passion from our list of top personal-service franchises.
Tracy Stapp Herold
How I Bought My First Franchise With a Tax Refund
Franchise Players

How I Bought My First Franchise With a Tax Refund

Coffee News' affordability was what first drew Lisa Shaw to the franchise.
Kate Taylor
How Franchises Are Democratizing Luxury
You've Arrived

How Franchises Are Democratizing Luxury

With affordable pricing, convenient locations and online scheduling systems, franchising is making health and beauty services accessible to all.
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10 Fast-Food Restaurants That Now Deliver (If You Live in a Certain Area)
Delivery

10 Fast-Food Restaurants That Now Deliver (If You Live in a Certain Area)

Your favorite chains are making it all too easy to get your fast-food (and fast-casual) fix.
Kate Taylor

Franchises are way for companies to expand their business by licensing the rights to third-party retailers or individuals -- or franchisees -- who then can use the franchise’s logo, name and business model.  

There are three different kinds of franchises. They include:

  • Distributorships, such as with Toyota, which licenses the right for a third party to sell the parent company product.

  • Trademark licensing, which allows companies to buy the right to use the parent company’s trademark along with their own brand, such as what Coca-Cola licenses to other companies.

  • Business format franchises, such as Subway, which offer its franchisees the right to sell its goods and/or services using its business model.

Popular franchises: Some examples of popular and well-known franchise models are in the food industry -- many which have gone international -- such as McDonald’sSubway and DominosStarbucks, which is commonly thought to be a franchise, is not. 

For more information about top franchise businesses, check out Entrepreneur's "2015 Franchise 500 Rankings," or get the Entrepreneur Franchise 500.  

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