GWEN MORAN is a freelance writer and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Business Plans (Alpha, 2010).
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Let the stories of these three franchise owners inspire you.
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In their own words, these franchisees explain how they overcame difficult situations, including personal illness and a market downturn.