In these tough economic times many individuals have lost their jobs. As a result, many are thinking of opening their own business or buying a franchise to replace the income lost from their former job. Franchise lawyer Charles Internicola has an excellent post on the topic. Charles has also published a new book, An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Purchasing a Business, to provide important information for would be business owners.

Over the years I have been fortunate to see successful business owners from all walks of life. But remember, the vast majority of businesses fail. Do not jump hastily into a decision to own your own business. Charles points out some of the major considerations you will need to think about including whether you have sufficient capital, family support and whether you are prepared to "wear the many different hats" required of the new business owner.