Best Franchises: Owners Talk to FBR about Their Franchise Business of Choice


Franchise Business Review’s annual list of the Top 200 Franchises focuses on one main factor: the satisfaction of a brand’s current franchisees. Collecting data and feedback from franchise owners helps us identify the best franchises overall. And while we firmly believe that each brand we recognize offers a great opportunity, we also recognize that a Top 10 franchise for one person may not even be a consideration for another; it’s all about finding the right fit for each individual person.

As you continue your search for the best franchise business for you, take some time to read what some current franchisees have to say about how they found the brand they ultimately joined, what the ramp-up process was like, and what parts of being their own boss have given them the greatest sense of success:

  1. Mary Worthington, Home Instead Senior Care
    “I signed up for the Franchise Business Review e-newsletter for more information about franchising and received news that Home Instead Senior Care was named the #1 franchise opportunity. The opportunity piqued my interest because it fit my ideal concept of being able to build my own business and give back to the community by helping families meet the daunting challenge of providing care for aging parents.”
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  2. Jennifer Hendrickson, Murphy Business & Financial
    “When we first bought the franchise, it wasn’t uncommon to work 60 to 70 hours per week.  My work/life balance became much better when I realized I can’t help everyone. Now I know what engagements to accept and what to pass on. Today I occasionally work more than 40 to 50 hours per week, but it’s not the norm.”
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  3. Jason Pullukat, The Goddard School
    “I looked into the franchise and found it had a very successful background and history. It seemed like a great opportunity to become a business owner with turnkey guidance and support, particularly since I was already familiar with the business since my mother has owned and run Montessori schools throughout my life.”
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  4. Lee and Brenda Willwerth, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen
    “From a business perspective, being part of the franchise network gave us the resources to build the business more rapidly and effectively than we likely would have been able to on our own. From a personal perspective, the business has given us a great deal of flexibility; far more than we would have had working for someone else.”
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  5. Bob Caramusa, Image One Facility Solutions
    “I was a sales representative my whole career. I liked it and did well, but I always wanted to own my own business. I was looking to start something part-time with the goal of moving into it full-time when I came across Image One.”
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These franchisees, and the many others we’ve had the pleasure of talking to, offer wonderful first-hand experience and insights for prospective franchisees. Remember that our list of top franchises is an excellent place to start your search, and the best franchise for you to invest in will be the one that helps you meet your personal goals the way the franchisees above have met theirs.

Michael Kupfer

Michael is the Online Marketing Manager at FBR, specializing in search and email marketing, while also helping to create much of FBR's webinar programs and content. When not at the office, Michael spends his time running, hiking the White Mountains with his wife, watching baseball, and serving as a volunteer tutor at the Dover Adult Learning Center.