Business Opportunities

Business Opportunities

Business opportunities offer tools or training to help you start your own business, but usually at a lower cost and with fewer restrictions than a franchise. Types of business opportunities include dealerships, licensing opportunities, network marketing/direct sales and vending machines. You'll find opportunities in a variety of industries listed here.

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The 28 Facts Franchisees Need to Know About Real Estate Leases
Franchise Opportunities

The 28 Facts Franchisees Need to Know About Real Estate Leases

If you've never had to negotiate a lease for a business, this primer will help you understand the basics about franchise location leases.
Rick Grossmann
Don't Choose a Franchise Until You've Talked to People Who Already Own It
Choosing a Franchise

Don't Choose a Franchise Until You've Talked to People Who Already Own It

Some lessons you shouldn't learn the hard way, like how a company treats the owners of its franchises.
Tom Scarda, CFE
20 Signs You Might Need a New Franchise Coach
Coaching Services

20 Signs You Might Need a New Franchise Coach

Conduct your due diligence on selecting a franchise coach helping you and beware of any of these warning signs.
Rick Bisio
6 Trends That Prove Franchises Are a Hot Opportunity for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
Franchises

6 Trends That Prove Franchises Are a Hot Opportunity for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

By being aware of franchise trends, you can capitalize on them for your business.
Rick Bisio
Smart Marketing Strategies That Attract Franchisees
Franchises

Smart Marketing Strategies That Attract Franchisees

You want more franchisees? Here are some smart ways to attract them with franchise marketing.
John Lincoln
Want to Help Others Save Money? Check Out These 10 Tax Franchises.
Franchises

Want to Help Others Save Money? Check Out These 10 Tax Franchises.

With just days left to file this year's taxes, you may want to call one of these franchises for help.
Lindsay Friedman
The 6 Most Common Franchisor Mistakes
Franchises

The 6 Most Common Franchisor Mistakes

Too many entrepreneurs start the franchise journey without being fully prepared.
Kyle Zagrodzky
Franchise the Unexpected: 4 Franchisors Thinking Ahead
Franchisors

Franchise the Unexpected: 4 Franchisors Thinking Ahead

In an industry of copycats, fresh ideas can stand out.
How Much Ongoing Support -- and What Kinds -- Should You Provide to Your Franchisees?
Franchise

How Much Ongoing Support -- and What Kinds -- Should You Provide to Your Franchisees?

Learn the type of support you should provide to help ensure your franchisees' success.
Mark Siebert
Should You Open a Second Location Before You Franchise Your Business?
Franchises

Should You Open a Second Location Before You Franchise Your Business?

A franchising expert weighs in on the question.
Mark Siebert
The 2 Most Important Steps in Deciding If Franchising Is a Good Fit for You
Franchises

The 2 Most Important Steps in Deciding If Franchising Is a Good Fit for You

Although you might be able to make a profitable go of it, franchising isn't for everyone. Here's what to consider before you jump in.
Mark Siebert
Is Your Business Franchisable?
Franchises

Is Your Business Franchisable?

Before you decide to franchise your business, take a look at these factors that make a business a good candidate for cloning.
Mark Siebert
Channel Your Inner Pioneer and Sign Up With an Emerging Franchise
Franchises

Channel Your Inner Pioneer and Sign Up With an Emerging Franchise

Even McDonald's started as a new brand. Entrepreneurs who get in on the ground floor of a growing chain can potentially reap great rewards.
David Nilssen
The Rules and Regulations of Being a Franchisor
Franchises

The Rules and Regulations of Being a Franchisor

Before you can decide if you should franchise your business, read this to find out exactly what you're getting yourself into.
Mark Siebert

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Understanding the Ranking

On the following pages, you’ll find Entrepreneur’s 38th annual Franchise 500 ranking. We always put together what we know to be the first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world, but we also understand that being the best doesn’t mean we can’t be better. The franchise world is constantly evolving, and so are our rankings.

Our formula is based on the same factors as before: system size, growth, and financial strength and stability. But we’ve developed new ways to measure and analyze them. And we’ve continued to add factors that have become increasingly important in today’s economy—like, say, social media presence, which certainly wasn’t relevant 38 years ago. Here’s a breakdown:

The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500®
Some key factors that go into our evaluation.

COSTS & FEES

SIZE & GROWTH

SUPPORT

BRAND STRENGTH

FINANCIAL STRENGTH & STABILITY

Pillars and factors are not listed in order of importance.

So how was the ranking put together? Beginning in July 2016, we asked franchisors to fill out our online form and submit a copy of their full current Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) or Canadian Disclosure Document. A whopping 988 companies supplied all the required information, and their submissions were vetted by our editorial team before being entered for data analysis.

To be eligible for our ranking, a franchisor must have had a minimum of 10 units open and operating as of July 31, 2016, with at least one franchise located in either the U.S. or Canada. The company must also be seeking new franchisees in the U.S. or Canada. It could not be in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Once eligible, each company was then scored based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 companies with the highest cumulative scores became the Franchise 500.

Please remember that the Franchise 500 is not intended to endorse, advertise, or recommend any particular franchise. It is solely a research tool you can use to compare franchise operations. Entrepreneur Media stresses that you should always conduct your own independent investigation before investing money in a franchise. Read the FDD and related materials carefully, get help from a franchise attorney and an accountant to review legal and financial documents, and talk to as many existing and former franchisees as possible and visit their outlets. The best way to protect yourself is to do your homework.

More Franchise Rankings

Top Low-Cost Franchises

100 franchises for under $60,000

Top Homebased/Mobile Franchises

These 100 businesses can be managed from home

Fastest-Growing Franchises

These companies have shown rapid unit expansion over the last two years

Top New Franchises

The top 100 companies that began franchising in the last five years

Top Global Franchises

200 North American franchisors seeking international franchisees

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Previous Years Rankings

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