If you're reading Entrepreneur, you're probably interested in giving up the 9 to 5 to start working for yourself. But leaving a secure job and jumping out on your own can be scary.
Some thing, investing in a franchise can help make the transition a bit easier, because you can lean on a successful company's support system or pick other franchisees' brains. The only problem is that many franchises are too expensive, making it hard for many people to invest.
For example, you might like the idea of owning a fast-food franchise, but most people don't have seven figures to drop on a McDonald's.
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