Franchise 500

6 Lessons Learned From Franchisors Who Launched in 2020

In the days before Covid-19, a new crop of companies were just starting to franchise. Meet six entrepreneurs whose first year didn't go exactly as planned ... but who made the most of it anyway.

Britta Lokting

· 13 min read

How Taco Bell Is Becoming the World's Most Innovative Franchise

Let's take a glimpse at how the fast-food giant has maintained its globally iconic position.

Lisa Fei

· 4 min read

A Digital Revolution Is Coming to Franchising. These Franchises Are Best-Prepared for What's Next.

Powered by venture capital and Silicon Valley ingenuity, tech companies are finding new ways to make franchise systems faster, more efficient and better equipped to flourish during uncertain times.

Blaire Briody

· 8 min read

This Restaurant Just Launched 8 New Brands. Sales Boomed.

To boost sales during the pandemic, the founders of Dog Haus flooded the delivery apps with virtual restaurants that operate out of existing franchise kitchens. They've been so valuable that they're now here to stay.

Clint Carter

· 8 min read

Is Starting a Franchise From Home a Good (and Sustainable) Idea?

As Americans began working at their kitchen tables last year, a new kind of marketplace formed: Home-based workers were increasingly relying upon home-based franchisees. But what happens when everyone is allowed back into the office?

Kate Rockwood

· 9 min read

How Franchises Can (and Should) Attract Millennial and Gen Z Franchisees

Young franchisees keep brands relevant with millennial and Gen Z customers, and with decades of career growth ahead of them, they can help bring long-term growth and continuity to franchise companies. So why don't we spend more time courting them?

Rick Grossmann

· 7 min read

Why the Franchise Industry Will Boom in 2021

After months of forced closures and record-high unemployment, the U.S. is ready for an economic recovery - and the franchise industry is uniquely positioned to lead the charge.

Mark Siebert

· 5 min read

How Taco Bell Became 2020's Top Franchise

Taco Bell endured years of falling sales without ever letting the struggle show, and the effort paid off: The master of hype finally scored #1 on our Franchise 500 list.

Maggie Ginsberg

· 15 min read

Franchise 500: Our Definitive Ranking of 2021's Strongest Franchises

Get to know the year's top trends and toughest brands, and explore what might be your best franchise opportunity.

Entrepreneur Staff

· 6 min read

How Dunkin' Pivoted to Serve the Home-Office Crowd

The #2 company on our Franchise 500 list closed some stores during the pandemic, but new stores are seeing higher sales.

Stephanie Schomer

· 2 min read

How A Well-Timed Redesign Helped Boost The UPS Store's Growth

The #3 company on our Franchise 500 list met the pandemic with a socially-distant store redesign.

Stephanie Schomer

· 2 min read

How Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Uses Viral Marketing to Create Explosive Growth

The #4 company on our Franchise 500 list wants to be one of the fastest-growing brands in the U.S.

Stephanie Schomer

· 2 min read