Franchises

Coffee Runs Deep in This Franchisee's Veins. No, Really, It Does.
Franchise Players

Coffee Runs Deep in This Franchisee's Veins. No, Really, It Does.

More than two decades ago, Ross Drever took over the world's first Gloria Jean's Coffees franchise. Its founder, in 1986, was his dad.
Entrepreneur Staff
Some Taiwanese Religious Groups Are Boycotting McDonald's After Seeing its New Ad
Franchises

Some Taiwanese Religious Groups Are Boycotting McDonald's After Seeing its New Ad

The commercial features a boy coming out to his father using a McCafe cup.
Lindsay Friedman
The ABCs of Franchise Discovery Days
Franchises

The ABCs of Franchise Discovery Days

Find out what you need to do on Discovery Day to determine if you and your potential franchisee are a good match.
Mark Siebert
From Anheurser-Busch Sales Rep to Restaurateur, This Man Has Made a Career of Wings and Beer
Franchise Players

From Anheurser-Busch Sales Rep to Restaurateur, This Man Has Made a Career of Wings and Beer

Long-time franchisee Brent Weaver of North Carolina started out in sales for the beer giant before opening his own East Coast Wings & Grill 12 years ago.
Erin Schultz
Why Opening a Kumon Center Was an Educational Experience for Former Teacher
Franchise Players

Why Opening a Kumon Center Was an Educational Experience for Former Teacher

After seeing her daughter's skills improve with Kumon tutoring, this math teacher was inspired to become a franchisee for the company.
Carly Okyle
How a Young Immigrant Rapidly Rose in the Pizza Business
Franchisees

How a Young Immigrant Rapidly Rose in the Pizza Business

He didn't know what pizza was when he was growing up in Bangladesh, but after delivering pizzas in high school, Ag Mahmud now owns four Papa John's restaurants.
Mark Wahlberg's Tiny Burger Chain Is About to Blow Up
Franchises

Mark Wahlberg's Tiny Burger Chain Is About to Blow Up

The Boston-based chain, called Wahlburgers, has signed agreements with five franchise groups to open 30 new restaurants in seven states.
Hayley Peterson
Downsizing, Death, Divorce and Debt Are the 4 'D's' of This Estate-Sales Franchise
Franchise Players

Downsizing, Death, Divorce and Debt Are the 4 'D's' of This Estate-Sales Franchise

Two North Carolina sisters found Blue Moon the perfect solution to their twin passions: treasures and trinkets, and tots -- especially the five they're mothers to.
Entrepreneur Staff
The Easter Bunny's About to Get 'McFlurried' in Australia
Franchises

The Easter Bunny's About to Get 'McFlurried' in Australia

McDonald's is adding a Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry to the menu.
Lindsay Friedman
McDonald's Is Adding Kale Breakfast Bowls to Its Menu
Franchises

McDonald's Is Adding Kale Breakfast Bowls to Its Menu

Last year, the franchise was making fun of the superfood. This year, it's embracing the green.
Lindsay Friedman
Now You Can Get Your Kale Fix in Southern California at McDonald's
Personal Health

Now You Can Get Your Kale Fix in Southern California at McDonald's

Last year, the franchise was making fun of the superfood. This year, it's turning over a new leaf.
Lindsay Friedman
3 Ways to Qualify Your Franchise Prospects
Franchises

3 Ways to Qualify Your Franchise Prospects

Use these factors to choose the franchisees who are the best fit for your business.
Mark Siebert
How the Printing Biz Was a Better Deal for This U.S. Military Veteran
Franchise Players

How the Printing Biz Was a Better Deal for This U.S. Military Veteran

Greg Kingsbury of Arizona is thriving as a franchisee with Better Deal Printing, a company uniquely positioned to give back to the veteran community.
Erin Schultz
This Photo Forced Subway to Make a Major Change to its Sandwiches
Subway

This Photo Forced Subway to Make a Major Change to its Sandwiches

The image led to outrage from several customers, and eventually a class action lawsuit.
Hayley Peterson

Franchising is a way for companies to expand their business by licensing the rights to third-party retailers or individuals -- or franchisees -- who then can use the franchise's logo, name and business model.

There are three different kinds of franchises. They include:

  • Distributorships, such as withToyota, which licenses the right for a third party to sell the parent company product.

  • Trademark licensing, which allows companies to buy the right to use the parent company's trademark along with their own brand, such as what Coca-Cola licenses to other companies.

  • Business format franchises, such as Subway, which offer its franchisees the right to sell its goods and/or services using its business model.

Popular franchises: Some examples of popular and well-known franchise models are in the food industry -- many of which have gone international -- such as McDonald's, Subway and Pizza Hut. Starbucks, which is commonly thought to be a franchise, is not.

For more information about top franchise businesses, check out Entrepreneur's 2016 Franchise 500® Rankings, or get the Entrepreneur Franchise 500.