I recommend prospective franchisees take a look at Empire Builders which is a series of videos highlighting successful multi-unit franchisees. 

Most of the prospective franchisees that come to see me are seeking to purchase a single franchise. Many of them dream of becoming a multi-unit owners but usually lack the capital (at least initially) to

Potential franchisees should read this article from Robert Purvin on Franchising Myth One: Franchises are Safe Investments. In the article, Purvin discusses how franchises and independent businesses fail at roughly the same rate (something discussed at length in several of my blog posts).

It’s critical that prospective franchisees understand that buying a franchise will

 The Classic Battle

A group of franchisees file a lawsuit contending the franchisor forces them to buy products and/or services at inflated prices while setting retail prices so low the franchisees cannot profit. The lawsuit also alleges that the franchisor omits or misrepresents key facts about its business operations when selling the franchise.

The

Gavin Craig in his new Twin Cities Business Litigation Blog has an excellent post on the importance of making sure the world knows you have a corporate entity.  Craig is convinced that many small business owners (especially contractors) do not know how to properly operate a corporation or LLC. Craig says,

When a person incorporates their business, it

Nothing like a good article on franchising to bring me out of a blogging hiatus that I anticipated would last at least another week.  But thanks to the Small Business Trends site and franchise consultant Joel Libava, my rest is over.

The Franchise King posted on a Central Ohio restaurant franchise called Roosters that seeks experienced franchise

All Business has a decent article describing the ten key provisions of a franchise agreement.  However, I do take issue with the comment in Section 1 that "most franchisors offer ongoing support including administrative and technical support."

As I discussed in my last post on franchising, it is my experience that "most" franchisors DO

While discussing a franchise case recently an attorney working with me observed that the franchisor really didn’t agree to do anything for the franchisee in its franchise agreement.

Unfortunately most franchisees are under the mistaken belief that franchisors will provide all kinds of support.  When it doesn’t happen and the business relationship has fallen apart, the

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and FranNet have teamed up to offer an online training course for those interested in franchising.

The free online course on franchise basics provides three key sections that examine more than 10 essential areas relating to franchising, including Whether Franchising Right for You and How to Choose the Right

Iowa has never been the hot bed for franchisors but it seems as though some Iowa franchisors are really picking up steam.  According to the Des Moines Register this morning Chocolaterie Stam stores have expanded to Ames, Chapel Hill N.C., and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  Upcoming stores including Minneapolis and Steamboat Springs (that would be my personal

Doug Mitchell interviews Steve Reese who is the owner of Fitness Together franchise in Clive, Iowa in his first podcast of the Iowa Small Business Zone.  Listen and you will find that Steve is an enthusiastic proponent of franchising.   I was also impressed with Steve’s impression of the potential benefits of blogging from someone who is new