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Got Laid Off? Buy a Franchise

Getting laid off may feel like an unhappy ending, but it could be where your franchise story begins.

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This story appears in the December 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Fans of the reality show The Apprentice loyally tune in each week to watch Donald Trump eliminate candidates with two simple yet dreadful words: "You're fired!" Of course, we're not all candidates competing for the next golden Trump position, but every day, people are getting laid off and facing the harsh reality that nothing is quite as it appears. Some are given reasons, but even more are dismissed with barely an explanation.

Bob Higgins clearly remembers the day he was laid off from Chili's after 25 years. He says, "About all they would really tell me was, 'Bob, it doesn't have anything to do with you personally. It doesn't have anything to do with your job performance.'"

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