Derk Cheetwood spent most of his career working in Hollywood. The Ohio native stumbled into show business after hanging out on a TV set to support one of his friends. From there, he got small parts in movies before landing a role as Max Giambetti on General Hospital—a role he played for 17 years. After acting for several years, he began to explore franchising, and today he’s a top franchisee at New Again Houses.
Tony Lee served as a priest for more than two decades at a large parish in Central Illinois before he invested in a technology franchise in 2019.
"It is gratifying to help others and to work on a team that appreciates you and encourages professional growth. That’s what TMT is all about," says TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s Michael Lally.
The Glass Guru franchisee Mitch Richey says, "I can work the hours I want to work and I make enough money now to take the trips I want to take." Read more about his franchise experience.
Franchise Business Review recently spoke with HomeWell Care Services franchisees Dee and Rob Rister to gain insight on what it’s like to be franchise owners, and the challenges of running your own business.
Clean Air Lawn Care franchise owner Patrick Lewis says, "The environment needs this right now, and the potential customer base is growing rapidly everyday. This is the right brand for the times we live in right now." Read more here.
East Coast Wings + Grill franchise owners Leah and Mike Morrell to explains what it’s like to be a franchise owner and the challenges of running your own business.
Wild Birds franchise owner Matt Kosty gives insight on what it’s like to be a franchise owner and the challenges of running your own business.
Get valuable insights from our expert panel of franchise owners from Propelled Brands (NerdsToGo, FASTSIGNS, MY SALON Suite) on the steps they took to grow a successful franchise business.
Franchise Business Review founder and CEO, Eric Stites, sits down with Loren Feldman, founder of 21 Hats to discuss entrepreneurship, the benefits and challenges of business ownership, and the skills it takes to run a successful business. If you're thinking about owning your own business, this interview will provide some great insights.
Franchise Business Review’s Nicole Dudley recently spoke with Justin Langston of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to gain insight on what it’s like to be a franchise owner.
Franchise Business Review recently spoke with FirstLight Home Care’s Eric Friedrich: "I was still on active duty when I first approached the franchise, and they could not have been more accommodating and helpful with my timeline and all the obstacles I would have to face before I would be able to open." Read more from the interview here.
" I wanted what I think most people want out of a franchise — control of my career and lifestyle, a healthy income, and the ability to grow my wealth." Franchise Business Review recently spoke with Jason Madden of The Entrepreneur’s Source to gain insight on what it’s like to be a franchise owner.
Franchise Business Review recently spoke with Wild Birds Unlimited’s Art and Lisa Martin: "Wild Birds Unlimited would give us the opportunity to work and build relationships which are core beliefs we hold as to why God put us on this earth." Read more from the interview here.
Franchise Business Review recently spoke with Clean Air Lawn Care’s Joseph Trevino to gain insight on what it’s like to be a franchise owner and the challenges of running your own business.
Before deciding on your franchise location it’s helpful to fully understand the concept of your particular franchise. It’s crucial to profile your target customers, starting with where they live and work and their consumer spending habits.
Buying a franchise is a huge decision, by far one of the most important commitments you’ll ever make. It’s important not to underestimate the importance of carrying out a high-level due diligence before taking the plunge into franchising.
Asking a franchisor the right questions in the right way is critical to learning more about your top brands during the validation process. Keep in mind that becoming a franchisee is the start of a long-term commitment and relationship.
As you narrow your search for the right franchise, be sure to reach out to franchise owners at your tops contenders. Current franchisees are often the best sources for unbiased and unfiltered information and can help you validate or invalidate the franchises you are considering.
Discovery Day is an important step in the buying process, marking the end of the pre-sales journey for most franchise owners. The event allows you, the invited franchise candidate, to get a true feel for the franchise company you're interested in.
The research process will help qualify your life-changing decision to invest in a franchise business. To help you keep track of your progress, FBR has come up with the following Research Checklist.
Like any new business, there are one time and recurring costs that you’ll need to cover as you launch and grow your business. Here are the common costs and fees of franchise ownership.
If you are a tenacious person with a strong vision and a desire to delight customers, small business ownership might be right for you and what better way to get going than exploring buying a franchise.
We recently spent a few minutes with Chad Stewart, VP of Franchise Development at Ellianos Coffee Company, to get some insight on one of the more successful fast-casual, drive-thru food concepts on the market today.
Lance Puccio and his father Larry backed by the FASTSIGNS brand overcame every obstacle and saw their business grow this past year.
Snap-on’s commitment to what it calls "Essential to Essential" is a phrase that hits right at the core of what Snap-on Tools is all about, according to Tom Kasbohm, director of franchising.
"I love owning my own business, the freedom to make my own decisions, hold myself responsible and accountable for my success. I love travel and this is the perfect franchise for me!" Read More about Adam Martindale's experience as a Cruise Planners Franchise Owner Here.
"knowing we are making a positive difference in our environment, while enriching our customer's lives. This IS the joy of bird feeding!" Read More about Cathy Fleischacker & Pam Dymsza's experience as a Wild Birds Unlimited Franchise Owners Here.
Melanie Sweet opened her Cruise Planners franchise in Fort Worth, Texas in April 2020. Below are the excerpts from the Q&A interview she did with Franchise Business Review earlier this year. Read more about her story here.
Kaysi Curtin opened her Sandler Training franchise in Fresno, California in January 2020. Below is the Q&A interview she did with Franchise Business Review earlier this earlier this year. Read more about her story here.
Kyle Millican opened his Clean Air Lawn Care franchise in Oklahoma City in 2019. Below is the Q-A interview he did with Franchise Business Review earlier this earlier this year. Read more about his story here.
Brad and Amanda Spencer opened their Bin There Dump That franchise in Knoxville, Tennessee in the spring of 2019. Below is the Q-A interview they did with Franchise Business Review earlier this year. Read more about their story here.
Justin Sapp opened his NaturaLawn of America franchise in North Mississippi in January 2020. Below is the Q-A interview he did with Franchise Business Review earlier this year. Read more about his story here.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock star, Steve Kaiser, from Junk King. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock star, Chris Mann, from The Woodhouse Day Spa. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock stars, Thomas & Carrie Powers, from Any Lab Test Now. Hear about their franchising journey and their advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock star, Ron Culyer, from CarePatrol. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock star, Mark Sheffield, from School of Rock. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock star, Mark Chasteen, from Fibrenew. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock stars, TJ and Su Singh, from The Glass Guru. Hear about their franchising journey and their advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock stars, Kama and Paul Friedman, from Mathnasium. Hear about their franchising journey and their advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock stars, Terri and Dave Thomas, from Pizza Factory. Hear about their franchising journey and their advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock star, Jason Avila, from ImageOne. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock star, Brian Wilson, from FirstLight Home Care. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Mindy and Tate agree that their business has given them new opportunities to serve and grow. They encourage others with corporate backgrounds to consider Right at Home, particularly if they’re mission-driven and want to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
Franchisors are required to include a significant amount of information in their Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) What’s NOT included? Overt reporting on the health of the franchisor-franchisee relationship and franchisee satisfaction.
Hear from our expert panel of franchisees on the steps they took to grow a successful franchise business. Learn the keys that helped their business thrive, the challenges and pitfalls they faced along the way – and how to avoid them.
On the fence about investing in a franchise business? Franchise Business Review Founder and CEO Eric Stites discusses what you should know before buying a franchise business.
Client Services Director, Nicole Dudley sits down with Christian Brothers Automotive President Donnie Carr and discuss why franchisee satisfaction and culture are so valuable.
"Just be patient and be prepared to work hard at it. It takes time, it takes effort. I believe patience is a virtue and hard work pays dividends. Pace yourself. ... It takes time" Read More about Chuck Cassidy's experience as a British Swim School Franchisee Here.
Justin Bredeman, CEO of Soccer Shots sit with Michelle Rowan, COO of FBR and they discuss how Soccer Shots maintains a goal of transparency with franchisee candidates.
Pinch A Penny is the ideal franchise opportunity for families because we are a family-founded and family-run organization; that sense of family is the cornerstone of our brand and a focal point in everything we do.
Although there are many in-home care brands to choose from, not all are created equal. Here are the top 5 reasons investors looking to join an in-home care franchise should consider Right at Home.
Franchise Business Review's, President & COO, Michelle Rowan sits down with James Dwiggins, CEO of NextHome.
Franchise Business Review's, President & COO, Michelle Rowan sits down with TeamLogic IT's President, Dan Shapiro.
Franchise Business Review's, Director of Client Relations, Nicole Dudley sits down with President & CEO of Payroll Vault, Sean Manning.
Franchise Business Reviews, President & COO, Michelle Rowan sits down with Chief Development Officer of FASTSIGNS(R), Mark Jamison.
James Laramee from NaturaLawn says, "Right out of high school, I knew I wanted to start and own my own business. I always had a passion for sales. Coupled with my love for the outdoors and desire to find safer alternatives to lawn care, Naturalawn seemed like a great fit." Read his story here.
Junk Kings' Jason Edge says, "The focus on sustainability was key for me. By being able to recycle, repurpose, and reuse the items we pick up from junk removal jobs, it makes me feel like I’m doing something good. Most importantly, it’s something I believe in." Read More about his story here.
Congratulations to 2021 franchise rock star, Ralph Moccio of InXpress. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Janice Blasinsky Describes Rewarding Career with Any Lab Test Now, "It’s truly an honor to be part of our customers’ wellness journeys. We provide consumers the ability to take direct control of their health without the necessity of a physician's order."
Cal and Lenka Pascanu were drawn to Christian Brothers Automotive for their faith based approach. Their advice for prospective franchise buyers? "Be open-minded, coachable, and follow their system."
Laura Dvareckas always wanted to own her own business. Why did she go into franchise ownership? "I chose a franchise because I was able to start running my business quickly after training."
David Lallier knew he wanted a low-cost franchise in the service industry. Research from Franchise Business Review helped him narrow down his choices and landed at 360clean.
Stan Gray is a veteran and a FASTSIGNS franchise owner who says, "my military experience gave me lots of opportunities to develop leadership skills that I use daily in my business today."
Daniel Anisz, is a franchise owner with Window Genie in FL. His favorite part of franchise ownership? "I like having the freedom to make my own decisions and run the business I see fit."
One of the ways you might land a job you love is to tap into what you enjoy doing when you aren’t at work, which is how these two Cruise Planners franchise owners turned their love for world travel into full-time careers.
When Vikki and Mike Bartholomea became empty nesters in 2019, they knew they wanted a change. They moved to Florida and started researching franchises to buy. See why and how they ultimately decided on Wild Birds Unlimited.
Combining potential franchisee incomes with low-initial investment costs and high franchise owner satisfaction results in our list of 35 Most profitable Franchises.
The Coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on franchising. Ensure that you ask well-thought questions of franchisees as part of your due diligence.
Animal-focused businesses are lucrative with $70B spent per year on pets & $7.6B more on wildlife. Here are six business opportunities for animal lovers that have been rated highly for owner satisfaction by the franchisees who operate them.
Congratulations to 2020 franchisee rockstar, Mark Scuderi, from Motto Mortgage. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
A conversation with franchise owners from FirstLight Home Care, Wild Birds Unlimited, and FastSigns International.
Congratulations to 2020 franchisee rock stars, Kristen Martyn and Cameron Hogarth, from Wild Birds Unlimited. Hear about their franchising journey and their advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2020 franchisee rockstar, Paul Durant, from Junk King. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2020 franchisee rockstar, Michael Dwyer, from Image One Facility Solutions. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2020 franchisee rockstars, Shadow & Rebekah Skaggsn, from FirstLight Home Care. Hear about their franchising journey and their advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2020 franchisee rockstars, JD and Jeff Penland, from East Coast Wings + Grill. Hear about their franchising journey and their advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2020 franchisee rockstars, the Zeneri’s, from Cruise Planners. Hear about their franchising journey and their advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2020 franchisee rockstar, Dustin Baker, from Assisted Living Locators. Hear about his franchising journey and his advice to prospective franchisees.
Congratulations to 2020 franchisee rockstars, Michael Rauen & Jason Jackson, from TSS Photography. Hear about their franchising journey and their advice to prospective franchisees.
Carteris understood firsthand how important it was for families to find the right care. And he also saw the connection between his ability to match candidates with employers and how these skills could be used to help match families with the right caregivers.
In this episode, it was our pleasure to speak with Jesse Johnstone, the President of Fibrenew. He explains to FBR's CEO, Eric Stites, how Fibrenew is designed to succeed in both good times and bad and discusses the way they're supporting their franchisees in the midst of the COVID pandemic. The two also give advice to potential franchisees and emphasize the importance of understanding the demands of business ownership.
Buying a franchise during uncertain times. In light of the COVID 19 pandemic, we ask a franchisee who bought his franchise the day after 9/11 about the lessons he learned then and how he's applying them to the crisis today.
Mikaela Walker, Dream Vacations franchisee used a credit card to purchase her franchise and says she loves the freedom that comes with owning her own business.
Cynthia Perthuis, is a multi-unit owner with Senior Care Authority franchises in NY and FL. Her only regret? She wishes she had bought more territories. "This is the best job I have ever had," she says.
Laura De La Horra says running a successful travel agency franchise is about the connections and the people. Read her full story here.
Rebecca Feldman, of Greenville, South Carolina, never pictured herself owning 11 moving franchises in five different states as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee. Hear her inspiring story.
Interested in owning your own Wendy's franchise? Here is what you need to know before you buy.
If you're comparing low-cost franchise opportunities, there are several tips you should keep in mind to ensure you ultimately choose the best brand for you.
There are thousands of food franchises on the market today. If you're considering a big brand franchise like KFC, here’s what you need to know before you invest.
The home care business is booming, thanks to an aging population that will triple by 2050. Buying a franchise is the perfect way to get in on this opportunity and fulfill your dreams of business ownership in 2020.
Eager to become a real estate investor, but not sure where to start? For novice investors, buying into a franchise like HomeVestors of America can accelerate the real estate investment learning curve and provide you with the tools and training you need to hit the ground running.
With so many franchisors actively recruiting for their talents, veterans need to know what to look for when choosing a veteran-friendly franchise.
If you are ready to make the leap from serving your country to serving the elderly, the demand for home care services is expected to surge — and U.S. veterans are taking the lead.
On this week’s episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Les DeFelice, a standout franchisee from top-rated senior care and home care services franchise, Visiting Angels. Les describes his professional journey through a multitude of successful entrepreneurial endeavors and explains how he first got started with Visiting Angels. In this conversation with FBR's own founder and CEO, Eric Stites, Les shares some of his keys to success and gives advice to prospective franchisees.
Paula Paredes was living paycheck to paycheck as a factory employee before she opened her ATAX franchise in 2009. Today she is a successful businesswoman, who credits the ATAX franchise system with supporting her in her growth.
After working for very large organizations for 15+ years, the Wagners were ready for a new challenge. Franchise ownership has offered them more freedom, time and the ability to build something versus working for a paycheck.
In addition to single unit franchise ownership, there are other models such as sub franchising and area development that can allow a franchisee to control a larger territory and bring in additional revenue streams.
In today’s economy, becoming a home-based travel agent requires you to start your own business, join a host agency, or invest in a franchis
If you have ever dreamed of skipping your morning commute and earning a good salary working poolside, the good news is that you can make that dream come true with a home-based business.
In response to pest problems nationwide, Mosquito Joe is expanding west, with plans to open in Utah and the San Diego area next year.
While its brand recognition and sales remain strong more than 70 years later, how well does the venerable burger franchise fare when it comes to the competition? Is a McDonald’s franchise restaurant worth the investment?
If you’re an investor interested in buying a franchise, the number of choices available can be daunting. Franchise brokers can help you narrow down the options — but is a broker working in your best interest?
Is buying a franchise a good idea? Here's what you need to know. Plus, learn how much you can make and the best franchise brands on the market today.
Should you open a Krispy Kreme franchise? Find out how much it will cost, how much you can make and examine the pros and cons - plus discover some great alternatives.
Christy Scannell shares her story about how she built a successful career as a travel agent with Dream Vacations — giving her the freedom to work and live anywhere in the world.
Scott Bowen spent his entire adult life working as a mechanic in the United States Army. Now he owns a Grease Monkey franchise and says he loves everything about it.
Kevin and Cilla Buck love the freedom that they enjoy since becoming CarePatrol franchise owners. And, they love that they get to work together to help families through difficult times.
Susan Palenik, a Cruise Planners franchise owner, says she is grateful for the financial success she was able to achieve but is most appreciative of the personal freedom and flexibility to work anytime from anywhere.
Gary Fotcher and Kathleen Mulligan have made their WildBirds Unlimited business a family one and say that the franchise model has worked particularly well for them.
HomeVestors franchisees must share a passion for helping homeowners sell their properties. They also must be willing to listen and follow a proven system. Read more about three franchisees who have found success as HomeVestor's franchisees.
Kevin Jones says he found the franchise model generally attractive because of access to established systems, a respected brand, and a network of support.
Monica Lannacone and Michal McFerron, officers in the U.S. military love the flexibility of owning their own Dream Vacations franchise.
Justin and Stephanie Clarey say they love working together as Two Men And A Truck business owners.
Mike Kearney owns a Senior Care Authority franchise and says the experience of helping a family in crisis is extremely rewarding.
FBR CEO Eric Stites chats with Wild Birds Unlimited COO Paul Pickett and Franchise Owner Denise Patten about the brand’s mission and how franchisees like Denise are first attracted to the concept and then supported by the leadership team.
Fibrenew franchisees Kelli and Taisa Smith of Texas talk with FBR CEO, Eric Stites, about how opening their franchise gave them control of their time and has allowed them to spend more of it doing what they love.
For eight years, Roxanne Tillotson was a newborn photographer, but she had dreams of owning the PJ's Coffee franchise down the street. She never lost sight of her dream and in 2019 she finally transitioned from newborn photographer to PJ's Coffee franchisee.
Lori Mgrdichian says that helping people maintain a level of independence as they age makes her work more than just a job. Read more about Lori and how she got started with HomeWatch CareGivers.
Steve Rattner says he chose to buy a FirstLight Home Care franchise because of their focus on culture and support. Today, he says the best thing about owning his business is seeing the difference his staff has made in the community.
Ronda Zeneri, who owns a Cruise Planners franchise with her husband, says she wishes they had bought their business sooner! Read more about her experience.
If you have a passion for learning and entrepreneurship, there are several education franchises that provide both the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life and earn a good profit in a growing industry sector.
Investing in a Five Guys Franchise might be a great way for you provide customers tasty food while at the same time giving you the potential to enjoy significant profits. Before you invest, it’s important to consider the appeal of Five Guys, its competition, and what’s required of franchisees.
Owning a Burger King franchise is an excellent way to flex your entrepreneurial muscles while turning a serious profit in the process, but prospective franchisees are recommended to weigh their options carefully before making an investment.
If you are looking for an encore career or just beginning to research retirement income ideas, investing in a Cruise Planners franchise could be the right fit for you.
Jamie Davis joins FBR CEO Eric Stites to discuss the “unstoppable wave of demand” in home health care and explains how FirstLight Home Care leverages its superior customer service and outstanding caregiver retention to stand out and thrive in the burgeoning industry.
A Taco Bell franchise can present an exciting opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading fast food companies and turn a significant profit in the process, but investing in a Taco Bell franchise is a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly.
Find out what you need to know about transferring a franchise business. And, learn why it's so important to consider your exit plan before you even invest in your first franchise.
On the forefront of healthcare consumerism, Clarissa Bradstock and Terri McCullock of Any Lab Test Now, discuss some of their values and keys to growth with FBR’s CEO, Eric Stites.
Man Phung owns two Brightway Insurance franchises in Indiana and Texas. His favorite part? Helping his community protect what matters most to them.
Steve Sarafin is able to be his own boss with his Window Genie franchise, and is in the front seat of his success.
Wil and Ayten Mauk of Atlanta are helping people build their dream vacation with their Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise. See what they have to say about their experience with North America's leading cruise specialist.
Mother and Lady Boss: Ashley Shaver Noland brings style to her community with her Rhea Lana's franchises.
Scott Neal, Fibrenew franchisee, says he has no regrets about purchasing his franchise; except, that he didn't do it sooner.
Barbara and Chip Whipkey: Bird enthusiasts and Wild Birds Unlimited franchisees discuss their decision to start franchising.
Sean Wise went from working at UPS, to owning his own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise. Something, he says, didn't come without hard work and labor.
A seasoned photographer, Tod Cohen knew how to capture a good photo; he just needed help capturing business. That's where TSS Photography came in.
UK natives, Simon and Stephanie Jones, are making an impact in Canada with their PropertyGuys franchise.
Your retirement funds can lead to franchise ownership. Learn how 401(k) business financing, a.k.a. Rollovers for Business Start-ups (ROBS), funds your dreams without tax penalties
Kristina Kefalas went from working for Payroll Vault, to owning a Payroll Vault! Find out how she made the leap.
Scot and Amy Hecht cherish the financial, time & travel freedom that comes with owning their OurTown America franchise
Ron Smith and Jan Griffith say they wish they had bought their Minuteman Press franchise sooner! "The rewards of owning your own business are there and it just takes time," they said.
What Yohanni Hedges likes most about owning a MaidPro franchise is that she has the opportunity to change lives in a positive way and help people (both clients and employees).
Janice Sinardi owns a Cruise Planners franchise in Tampa, FL. Janice sat down with Franchise Business Review to chat about her experience with the Cruise Planners brand.
Todd and Kim Seidi own two CarePatrol franchises in Greater Milwaukee and Southern Wisconsin. They sat down with FBR to chat about their experience in franchising.
Want to own a Dunkin Donuts franchise? Learn how much money you can make, the pros and cons of ownership, and discover other top-rated coffee franchises.
Andy Scholl and Jacqueline Venchi own a Wild Birds Unlimited franchise in Alpharetta, GA, and are committed to spreading the Joy of Bird Feeding.
Nigerian immigrant Eze Akabogu came to this country with a dream: to be the author of his destiny. He has achieved just that with his eight Town Money Saver franchises.
To Jen Krum, being a Qualicare franchisee goes beyond the financial benefits; the true reward lies in the relationships she builds with members of her community, and the life-changing service she provides.
Clint Finch climbed the corporate ladder that eventually led him to his current position as franchise owner of an Our Town America franchise.
Ash Gawande: Veteran, father, and Image One rock star franchise owner!
A family affair: Kirk and Mark Febus are a father and son running a successful HomeCare Assistance franchise, providing quality care to their community.
Having both worked in hospital environments, Marianne and Lyndon Christman know what it means to provide a high standard of care to patients.
Howard James is a former technical theatre teacher, and while he may not teach high school students anymore, he continues to educate his FASTSIGNS team on best practices
Glory Gallucci went from Corporate America, to running an Any Lab Test Now franchise. Her advice to prospective franchisees? "Make sure you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur."
Owning a seasonal franchise can be both lucrative and enjoyable, giving you time off to travel or recharge. Here are some compelling reasons to consider a seasonal franchise.
FASTSIGNS Franchisee Clint Ehlers Went From Corporate America to Being His Own Boss. Hear his story in an FBR podcast hosted by Eric Stites, CEO and founder of FBR.
For nearly 30 years, HomeVestors, the brand known for “We Buy Ugly Houses®”, has pulled people out of financial crises, and turned houses into homes for hundreds of families.
With a franchise fee of $10,000, Chick-fil-A is a franchisee dream. However, it may be just that; as it is one of the hardest franchises to obtain.
WE BUY UGLY HOUSES - It's a clever slogan you will see driving down many of America's highways. But, who is the mind behind the genius? FBR's Founder Eric Stites sits down with David Hicks, the man behind the HomeVestors brand.
Michelle Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners, built a franchise that is anchored in the success of its franchisees.
The franchise agreement is a legally binding document. Know what you are signing, before you sign, with the franchise agreement 101. And take a look at a real sample from Wild Birds Unlimited.
In our latest podcast, Jason Washburn, Colin Bergeron and Brian Stern, of Two Men and a Truck, discuss their journeys' from movers to drivers to successful franchise owners.
Looking for a franchise opportunity with high-profit margins and a low cost of entry? A home care franchise might be for you!
Is crowdfunding right for your small business? Learn more about equity vs. reward-based crowdfunding platforms and discover the best crowdfunding option for you.
Bill and Marilyn Collier are franchisees of HouseMaster, serving the Pelham, AL market. They have owned their franchise since 2009.
Robert and Amy Rodriguez are franchisees of Grease Monkey and serve the Laredo, TX area. They began their franchise journey in 2015.
When fitness entrepreneur, Devan Kline, founded Burn Boot Camp in a parking lot North of Charlotte, NC he knew he had something special, but never guessed his growth would be this explosive.
Rick Carlson is a franchisee of Cruise Planners and has served his clients since the purchase of his franchise in 2000.
It’s the season of giving, and while a partridge in a pear tree would be nice, we thought sharing a list of our 12 favorite books would be a tad more practical.
Forget the Stuff and Give a Gift that Matters by Donating to one of These Entrepreneurial Non-Profits
The first year as a franchisee, although exhilarating, can often be the toughest year. We asked franchisors and franchisees what you can expect in your first year as a franchisee. Hear what they had to say!
What is a franchise? Are there different types of franchises? In this article, we'll explain how the franchise business model works and go over common areas of confusion.
The Franchise Disclosure Document can be overwhelming but it contains valuable information. Here are the items to pay close attention to when reviewing an FDD.
Interested in starting your own business? What about working from home? Here, we’ll explore ideas for putting those two dreams together and examine the many home based business opportunities available - including franchising.
A comprehensive look at the most important franchise interview questions to ask yourself, the franchisor and existing franchisees before you buy!
The benefits of starting a food truck business or operating a food truck franchise are significant, starting with the relatively low startup costs compared to opening a restaurant or other type of brick and mortar business.
The number one question any potential franchisee wants to know is “How much money can I make as a franchise owner?” The quick answer is, if you’re lucky, you might get rich. Alternatively, you might lose your entire investment. The reality for most franchisees is somewhere in between.
Franchise restaurants are an appealing option for aspiring entrepreneurs. But with competition fierce in food, it is not the right move for everyone. Is it right for you?
Hear from Wild Birds Unlimited franchisees, Warren and Courtney French!
From over 240 franchise brands we narrowed the list to the top 100 most innovative based on franchisee feedback. Then we asked the franchises rated the highest about the secrets to their success. Here's what they said.
Ready for a career change but fear you are too old to begin again? Fear not! There are many second career opportunities available for people of every age — including business ownership.
Are you an aspiring entrepreneur interested in franchising? Are you wondering what the difference between licensing and franchising is? Here's what you need to know.
Love HGTV? Interested in business ownership? A real estate franchise might be for you! Here are 25 of this year's top-rated real estate franchise brands (rated and reviewed by current franchisee owners).
Jeff Huber, president and CEO at Home Instead Senior Care talks with FBR's CEO, Eric Stites about how the brand began in 1995, with Grandma Manhart, and has since grown to more than 1,200 units around the world.
As a veteran, there's a good chance you'll make a great business owner! That's because vets tend to possess the skills required to lead and manage a growing business. Need funding to get started? Here are 8 small business loans and grants for veterans! Plus, 10 helpful funding resources.
Want to buy a franchise but not sure if you'll be able to fund your new business venture? There are many franchise funding options available from loans to grants to franchisor discounts and waivers. In this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know about funding your first franchise.
Dan Frey, founder and CEO, of The Glass Guru speaks with FBR's editorial director about the brands origination, their unique product and how the business has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. Listen to Dan's intriguing story, of how he discovered the solution for restoring dual-pain windows, in this FBR podcast!
If you’re looking to start a new business or buy a franchise that can survive unpredictable market volatility (and a potential recession or depression), you may want to consider investing in a recession-proof industry!
Nickell Beach is a franchisee of Expedia CruiseShipCenters serving Lehi, Utah. She has been a franchisee since 2017 and is a Franchise Business Review featured franchisee!
Jonita & Adam White are franchisees of Christian Brothers Automotive serving West Frisco & Little Elm, Texas. They have been franchisees since 2011 and are Franchise Business Review featured franchisees!
Lori VanDamme is a franchisee of CarePatrol with locations in North Denver, CO and Boulder, CO. She has been a franchisee since 2017 and is one of Franchise Business Review's featured franchisees!
Emma Dickison, CEO & President of Home Helpers — an FBR top-rated low-cost franchise brand — talks with our CEO, Eric Stites, about innovation and what sets Home Helpers apart from others in the space.
Legally binding franchising documents are chock full of important details that you may miss without an experienced franchise attorney by your side. Here's what you need to know before you hire a franchise lawyer.
If you're new to franchising and thinking about purchasing your first franchise, there are several terms that you need to know to confidently navigate the research and purchase process. Understanding common franchise terms will help you better grasp the ins and outs of franchising, helping you to make an educated and confident decision!
Which is a better fit for you: Starting your own small business or buying a franchise? The answer depends on what you’re looking for and how much risk you’re willing to take on.
Tony Lamb, founder and CEO of Kona Ice discusses why he thinks franchisees rate their leadership team so high and gives a bit of advice to other franchise leaders: Stay out of our segment or we'll crush you!
Franchising offers several advantages for would be business owners, but like anything, there are also some disadvantages that you should be aware of before embarking on a franchise purchase. Learn more about the pros and cons of owning a franchise so you can decide if it is right for you!
Todd Hopkins, president of Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services, explains why he thinks franchises rate the Office Pride leadership team so high offers advice for other franchise leaders.
David Hicks, co-president at HomeVestors of America, explains why he thinks franchisees rate the HomeVestors of America leadership team so high and talks about who inspires him as a leader.
Jeff Bevis, Co-Founder and CEO of FirstLight Home Care explains why he thinks franchise owners rate their leadership team so high and provides insider insight into the secret behind the brand's culture of care.
Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS, offers an in-depth interview on the secrets behind FASTSIGNS success and offers insight into what they look for in prospective franchisees.
Debbie Fiorino, SVP at Dream Vacations, gives insight into their team's leadership mentality that helped them land a top spot on the FBRs top leadership list.
Joe Hart, president and CEO at Dale Carnegie gives insight into the One Carnegie culture that has helped them land a top spot on FBR's leadership list.
Becky Bongiovanni, COO at CarePatrol, explains the secret behind the brand's leadership strategy and offers insight into what traits they look for in prospective franchisees.
Pete Wilson is a franchisee of Window Genie, serving the West Chester, OH market. He has owned his franchise since 2015.
Brittany Schmid is a franchisee of Dale Carnegie Training, serving the San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, and Oakland areas. She has owned her business since 2015.
Lindsay Verdun is the owner of a TSS Photography franchise in Peoria, IL. She is is one of Franchise Business Review's 2018 Rockstar Franchisees!
Chris Mehalic is the owner of a Truly Nolen franchise in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is one of Franchise Business Review's 2018 Rockstar Franchisees!
Kimberly Lombardi is the owner of a Pizza Factory franchise in Phelan, California. She is one of Franchise Business Review's 2018 Rockstar Franchisees!
Jane & Tom McElhaney are multi-unit Our Town America franchise owners. They own The Greater Charlotte Metro area & Columbia, SC and are regional developers for South Carolina. They are one of Franchise Business Review's 2018 Rockstar Franchisees!
Jonathan Shelson is the owner of a MaidPro franchise in Thornhill, Ontario. He is one of Franchise Business Review's 2018 Rockstar Franchisees!
Phil and Cindy Bacon are FASTSIGNS franchise owners located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They are one of Franchise Business Review's 2018 Rockstar Franchisees!
Brian Klaubert is the owner of Christian Brothers Automotive franchises in Alpharetta, Suwanee, and Dacula, GA. He is one of Franchise Business Review's 2018 Rockstar Franchisees!
Steve Trout is the franchise owner of Brightway Insurance in Rockledge, FL and is one of Franchise Business Review's Rockstar Franchisees of 2018!
Heather and Seth Allison are the owners of American Poolplayers Association of Dayton, Nevada. They serve the Reno and Carson City areas and have been named 2018 Rockstar Franchisees by Franchise Business Review!
Ken Jenson owns his Amada Senior Care franchise in Colorado Springs, CO and is one of Franchise Business Review's 2018 Rockstar Franchisees!
Frank Sprinkles is a franchisee of @Work Personnel in Sedalia, MO, and is one of Franchise Business Review's 2018 Franchisee Rockstars!
Jodi Glacer is a Senior Care Authority franchise owner based in Boynton Beach, FL. She has owned her franchise since 2016.
Renee Mansour is a Minuteman Press franchisee based in Bend, OR. She has owned her franchise since 2015.
Jesse Zook is a MaidPro franchise owner based in Philadelphia, PA. He has owned his franchise since 2006.
Charles “Russ” Russell is a Cruise Planners New Braunfels, TX since 2013 and offers insights and advice for others in this interview with FBR.
Al Crnjac is a Fibrenew franchise owner in South Ottawa, Ontario. He opened his business in 1994 and has watched the brand continue to grow.
After experiencing several job losses, Craig Burton, wanted job stability and to be in control of his future. He achieved both goals by purchasing a Fibrenew franchise in Austin, TX in 2011.
Tracey Codd was an independent travel operator when she purchased her first Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise. She has since purchased two more.
JD and Candace Asbell are one of the top five franchisees in HomeVestors of America's history. They are achieving financial freedom and a good work-life balance as they grow their company.
Michael Consoli was able to make his dream of working in the travel sector a a reality by investing in a Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative franchise. He shared how he did it and more with Franchise Business Review.
After working in healthcare and having to find senior living for her mother, Paula Sotir invested in a CarePatrol franchise.
Connie and Darryal Chandler purchased their Minuteman Press franchise in Humble, TX in 2010. Connie shares her thoughts regarding getting started in franchising and what her and Darryal’s experience has been like.
Chris Beer purchased his Our Town America franchise, which assists local business owners by reaching new movers in their area with enticing direct mail offers, in Atlanta in 1999. He shares insight into his franchising experiences and suggestions regarding how to strategically invest in a franchise.
Joel Wilder, of DeBary, Florida opened his Cruise Planners franchise in 2005. “Business is Great!” says Wilder having no regrets opening up his franchise business and leaving a long term career as an RN.