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Read The Fine Print

Buying a franchise isn't that scary--and this book tells you why.

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This story appears in the August 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Franchise lawyer James A. Meaney's helping hand out of the "confusing maze" that is franchising, How To Buy A Franchise (Pilot Books), will put a sparkle in the eye of any prospective franchisee.

Although impressive statistics and the use of iconographic franchise names make you feel that buying a franchise is what American dreams are made of, Meaney doesn't leave out the darker side of franchising. Accounts of fallen franchisees and "franchise opportunity" scams serve as reminders that caution is always a necessity.

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