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Time and time again I see people invest their life savings into franchise operations.  Some of these people achieve great results but others do not.  There is no validity to the claim that franchise operations are less likely to fail than non-franchise operations.  One critical aspect to consider in my view is the brand itself.  Is the brand recognizable?  If not, the franchise better have a fantastic system, unique concept or protected intellectual property.  Otherwise, I think you need to question whether the franchise is right for you.