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There's no easy button for starting a franchise, but there are dozens of programs to lend a helping hand.

This story appears in the January 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Buying a franchise is often touted as the easier path to business ownership. But the road to becoming an entrepreneur will never be risk-free. There's no such thing as a free lunch, and even buying a franchise requires some kind of seed capital. In addition, making the transition from employee to franchisee--and more important, going from having a secure paycheck to none at all--can be daunting. Finally, acquiring the business knowledge necessary to get up and running takes time, even if the franchisor provides training.

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