Jason Daley lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. His work regularly appears in Popular Science, Outside and other magazines.
As the cost of franchising continues to drop, motivated and cash-strapped entrepreneurs are paying their dues with sweat instead. Here are four of the year's hottest franchise categories that do more with less.
Using their knowledge and skills, this couple revamped their careers and finances.
A "French" bakery from Asia rises to take on America.
Learn how Rob Steinfeld and Dean Hanson set up a franchise and joined the unexpected travel boom.
Why this successful psychologist left for a future in the bar business.
Two women bring back a discarded dessert, and create a national hit.
Make More Happen
Customers loved these franchises once before. New owners are betting they will again.
Radicals & Visionaries
Their jobs at In-N-Out Burger gave Jason Frazier and Brandon Wlasischuk the skills they needed to be successful Screenmobile franchisees.
How a part-time job turned into a full-time mobile-phone-franchise career.
Make the jump from one franchise unit to a multi-unit empire.
In a market full of copycats, these franchises each have something different that sets them apart.
Disabled people make great employees. That's why this Tim Hortons owner keeps hiring them.
Even brilliant kids need the right lessons -- and teaching methods. That's what fuels this tutoring franchise.
A onetime internet phenomenon is finally ready to franchise.
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