Ready to Explore Restaurant Ownership? Use These Resources For Success. Check out franchise profiles, bookstore, webinars, top-rated lists and questionnaire designed to reveal your perfect match.

By Jeff Cheatham

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The restaurant industry is full of interesting franchise concepts, and has a wide range of opportunities for aspiring business owners everywhere. However, if you're not strategic about the investigative process, you might miss out on a vast collection of Entrepreneur-branded resources. One of the key elements of a successful franchise career is due diligence. It takes time and patience to sort through business opportunities. Before you start researching your list of restaurateur concepts, we invite you to pause and review Entrepreneur's collection of resources and premium content, designed to set up your investigative process for success.

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In-depth franchise profiles

In the franchising world, little is more prestigious than ranking in Entrepreneur's annual Franchise 500 list. The 43rd annual rankings feature some of the most well-known restaurant-related concepts, staring with this year's No. 1 franchise: Taco Bell. Quick-service restaurants (QSRs) represent the highest number of industry specific opportunities, as a full 20% of this year's list (97 total) belong to this category. Furthermore, new and emerging categories like poke bowls, salad bars and ghost kitchens, have made the restaurant industry more versatile than ever — not just in terms of menu selections, but business models as well. Each concept listed in the Franchise 500 list comes with its own profile page, featuring content that includes a company and franchise overview, financial requirements and fees, financing options, training and support programs and each brand's history of rankings. You can browse according to rank or input your own brand search to see if your favorite concept made the final list.

Related: Considering franchise ownership? Get started now and take this quiz to find your personalized list of franchises that match your lifestyle, interests and budget.

A library of information

The Entrepreneur Bookstore provides aspiring business owners with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions at every stage of the process. There are dozens of titles by some of the world's foremost experts on entrepreneurship and franchising. You'll find a myriad of categories and eight informational categories that cover topics from marketing and promotions to personal development and legal issues. The franchising category alone includes timeless reference guides such as the Franchise Bible, The Franchisee Handbook, The Wealthy Franchisee, and — for existing brands considering a rapid and scalable expansion — Franchise Your Business.

Related: Entrepreneur Bookstore – Franchising Section

Entrepreneur webinars

Have you seen the Entrepreneur Events page? You'll have access to learn from business videos that share advice and insights based on professional experience, knowledge and expertise. With a massive collection of upcoming live episodes and existing webinars, you can search for the precise subjects and topics you need to complete your entrepreneurial knowledge. Entrepreneur's webinar series is searchable, offering quick access to actionable tips and best practices. Browse webinars that will soon be live and interactive, or choose a specific title from the on-demand collection of previous episodes.

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Discover the best of the best

In addition to the master rankings of the Franchise 500, Entrepreneur also offers up-to-date lists featuring the best of the best when it comes to franchises, divided by category and business opportunity. These preferred brand picks made these top-ranked lists due to their past performance and promising futures. You can begin by browsing franchise by category on the main Franchise 500 list (see the keywords in the upper right-hand corner in gray). Or you can search for industry specific rundowns such as Entrepreneur's Top 10 Home Improvement Franchises in 2022. Whether it's coffee shops, child daycare, fitness brands or concepts costing $25K or less, explore these groupings to get a next-level look at Entrepreneur's preferred franchise brands.

Related: Meet 6 of the Top Global Franchises of 2022

Take the questionnaire!

Ever wondered if you actually have what it takes to be a franchise owner? Then you owe it to yourself to complete Entrepreneur's Franchise Questionnaire. It's a short exercise divided into three parts, all designed to pinpoint your perfect match in a franchise opportunity. It starts with a broad selection of industry categories, then uses your answers to locate franchise concepts that align with your interests. You can follow the link below to find the business you were meant to own. After all, aren't you curious to find out what your perfect franchise might be?

When it comes to the best franchise concepts by category, Entrepreneur has you covered. We have business opportunities to share from over a dozen industries. Everything from automotive, home services, and childcare to food, health and beauty, and everything in between. To see what's in our franchisor database, be sure to check out Entrepreneur's Best of the Best Rankings.

Related: Take the Entrepreneur Franchise Questionnaire

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Jeff Cheatham

Founder and CEO of Creative Content

Jeff Cheatham is the founder and CEO of Creative Content, a full-service copywriting and public relations firm. He's based in Dallas and works with multiple B2B clients and over a dozen franchise brands to develop proprietary content campaigns for lead generation and sales development programs.


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