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Our 39th Annual

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Welcome to Entrepreneur's 39th annual Franchise 500®. That’s right, we’ve been putting together the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking for almost four decades. And this year’s turned out to be one of our most competitive ever. In fact, for the first time in 25 years, more than 1,000 companies applied to be a part of the list. That means if you’re interested in buying a franchise, you’ve got more options than ever, from the established industries still dominating the top of the rankings, like restaurants, hair care, and real estate, to emerging trends quickly climbing their way up, like smartphone repairs, trampoline parks, and paint-and-sip studios. So how do we determine which companies come out on top? Using our proprietary ranking formula, which is always evolving to keep up with the ever-changing franchise world.

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Hiring

Why MOD Pizza Loves Hiring Ex-Cons

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Franchise 500

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Inspire Me

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Shoprunner COO Stacey Bernhard reveals how she found the strength to walk away from solid jobs.
Ready for Anything

Learn How the Right Payment Processor Can Drive More Sales

The ability to accept credit cards is a must for any modern business. But franchise systems shouldn't be afraid to expect more from their payment-processing vendor.
Ready for Anything

Meet the Man Taking Anytime Fitness Global

By building a brand that consumers (and franchisees) adore, Anytime Fitness CEO Chuck Runyon has found fans across the globe.
7-Eleven

Why 7-Eleven Franchisees May Have to Pay Another $50,000 and Work on Christmas

Would you pay $50,000 to maintain profit rates? That's the conundrum for 7-Eleven franchisees.
Ready for Anything

How This Man Became Auntie Anne's Pretzel King in the Philippines

Six years ago, Mikkel Paris became the pretzel brand's master franchisee in his home country.
McDonald's

The Great Grandson of the Big Mac's Creator Becomes McDonald's First 4th-Generation Franchisee

How Nick Delligatti worked his way from crew person to owner-operator.
Franchise 500

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These 10 franchises can cost less than six figures, and they all rank in the top 40 of our Franchise 500.
Franchise 500

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If you really, really love hot dogs, then odds are you'll really, really love these franchises.
Franchises

The Top 200 Franchises Operating Around the World

Franchising in more than one country comes with its own unique set of challenges, but there is also the potential for a lot more upside.
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