Franchises

How This Salad Franchise Freshened Up Its Image and Menu to Appeal to Smarter, Health-Conscious Customers
Saladworks

How This Salad Franchise Freshened Up Its Image and Menu to Appeal to Smarter, Health-Conscious Customers

Saladworks reinvents itself for a smarter, savvier and more health-minded customer.
Tracy Stapp Herold
This Entrepreneur Created a Global Café Franchise as an 'F You' to Starbucks
Radicals & Visionaries

This Entrepreneur Created a Global Café Franchise as an 'F You' to Starbucks

Wheelys Café CEO Maria De La Croix hails from Sweden and has a fine arts degree, but she identifies with the Silicon Valley ethos.
Lydia Belanger
Franchising's Fastest Growing Global Brands in 2016
Franchise 500

Franchising's Fastest Growing Global Brands in 2016

Franchising's fastest-growing global brands.
Tracy Stapp Herold
Franchise of the Day: Thanks to This Franchise, You Will Have Peace of Mind
Franchise of the day

Franchise of the Day: Thanks to This Franchise, You Will Have Peace of Mind

Our elders took care of us, now it's our turn to take care of them.
Lindsay Friedman
Franchise of the Day: Enjoy a Taste of the Sea With This Franchise
Franchise of the day

Franchise of the Day: Enjoy a Taste of the Sea With This Franchise

For the best seafood it's recommended to consult the captain.
Lindsay Friedman
These Franchises Want To Help You Take a Break From Your Kid's Summer Vacation
Franchise 500

These Franchises Want To Help You Take a Break From Your Kid's Summer Vacation

And they're not going to make you feel bad about it, either.
Lindsay Friedman
For These Franchisees, 'Care' and 'Assistance' Have Been Personal Priorities for 40 Years
Franchise Players

For These Franchisees, 'Care' and 'Assistance' Have Been Personal Priorities for 40 Years

Home-care business partners Steve Sudberry and Will Reid have been best friends 40 years. Business kerfuffles? They settle them 'on the ping pong table.'
Joan Oleck
Father's Day at Golden Corral: A Franchisee Carries on His Dad's Tradition
Franchise Players

Father's Day at Golden Corral: A Franchisee Carries on His Dad's Tradition

Franchisee Billy Sewell not only runs restaurants, he raises money for the children of wounded, disabled and fallen military service members.
Entrepreneur Staff
Top Food Franchises of 2016
Franchises

Top Food Franchises of 2016

This year's top servers prove that success requires more than simple, fast service.
Tracy Stapp Herold
Franchise of the Day: The Name of This Franchise Was Inspired by True Love
Franchise of the day

Franchise of the Day: The Name of This Franchise Was Inspired by True Love

The company, named after the founder's wife, became a family affair.
Lindsay Friedman
The Friends Turning Bundt Cake into Big Business
Franchisors

The Friends Turning Bundt Cake into Big Business

Two women bring back a discarded dessert, and create a national hit.
Don't Make These 5 Risky Franchise Ownership Mistakes
Franchises

Don't Make These 5 Risky Franchise Ownership Mistakes

If your goal it is be at home every night with your family, don't open a 24/7 shop.
Rick Bisio

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.