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While Entrepreneur's Franchise 500® focuses on U.S. based franchises, the appeal of franchising goes well beyond our borders. If you've been thinking about buying a franchise -in the U.S. or any other country- consider this list of the top 200 companies that are seeking international franchisees. About the Top Global Franchises.

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About the Top Global Franchises

Franchising is part of the international business lexicon. Even if people in China or India or Brazil aren't familiar with the word "franchise," it's a sure bet they're familiar with McDonald's, Subway, KFC and hundreds of other U.S.- and Canada-based franchises that have international appeal.

If you've been thinking about buying a franchise -in the U.S. or any other country- consider this ranking of the top 200 franchisors that are seeking international franchisees. To compile this ranking, we took our Franchise 500 formula and adjusted it to give extra weight to international size and growth. Other areas evaluated by the formula include costs and fees, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Only companies seeking new franchisees outside the U.S. that had a minimum of five units open abroad as of July 2016 were considered.

This ranking is not intended to endorse, recommend or promote any particular franchise. Rather, it's a research tool you can use to compare franchises. It's imperative that you conduct an in-depth investigation--including consulting an attorney and an accountant, reading all literature and disclosure documents provided by the franchisor, and visiting existing franchise locations to speak with current franchisees--before investing in any franchise opportunity.

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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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