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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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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

The Top 10 Franchises You Can Buy for Less Than $100,000

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

It's National Hot Dog Day! Here Are Our Top 3 Hot Dog Franchises.

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.
Chipotle

Chipotle Isn't Franchising … Yet. Here's What You Can Do in the Meantime.

If you like the idea of franchising a Chipotle, we have some good news and some bad news.
Franchise

5 Steps You Need to Take Before You Buy a Franchise

Prepare now, so you won't be in a bind later.

Hurricane Maria Almost Destroyed This Entrepreneur's $300,000 Franchise Investment. Here's How She Moved Forward.

Post-hurricane, this Pita Pit franchisee in San Juan dealt with lack of food, gas, power and communication. Here's how she used a new mindset to move forward.
Project Grow

Why It Took Dunkin' Donuts 10 Years to Build the Perfect New Cup

The inside story of the struggle the donut chain had in phasing out its iconic, yet hazardous, styrofoam cup.
Real Entrepreneurs

Always Let Them See You Sweat, According to These Entrepreneurs

How the Perspire Sauna Studio guys are attacking the franchise world.
Instagram

Young Customers Want Instagram Engagement. What's Your Brand Doing to Get It?

Has your food business invented something along the lines of a Cronut or a ravioli and peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Once you do, your younger customers will promote it for you.
Franchise 500

What Do Schlotzsky's, Cinnabon and Auntie Anne's Have in Common? The Same Parent Company: Focus Brands.

You can research franchises by price, location, industry … and parent company, too.
Chick-fil-A

You Can't Own a Chick-fil-A Franchise. Here Are 3 Solid Alternatives.

Chick-fil-A doesn't franchise, but you can definitely still run a chicken restaurant.
Technology

Why This Event Company Cut Back From 70 Shows to 4 -- and How It Used Technology to Make Up the Difference

With the growth of the internet, MFV Expositions took a step back to evaluate its business model.
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