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Who Buy Franchises? Prospect Data Shows Strong Income and Home Ownership Levels

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How much money do you need to start a franchise? With so many franchises for sale at different investment levels, financial stability might be just as important as cash on hand. That’s one observation from Franchise Ventures as it released its latest study about the financial health of prospects who submit leads through its franchise portals. More than a third of its franchise prospects had...

67% of Franchisors Plan to Increase Recruitment Budgets In 2019

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According to a survey of active franchise systems conducted by Franchise Insights, franchisors plan to raise their recruitment budgets this year as favorable growth conditions continue. More than 86% of franchisors plan to spend at least the same amount in 2019 as they spent on franchise lead generation in 2018. And 67% of respondents said they planned to increase their budgets for franchise lead...

Top Franchise Lists Tell the Ever-Changing Story of American Business

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Franchising tells the story of American business, an ever-changing kaleidoscope of brands both new and familiar, capturing the changing mood of consumers and small business investors alike. Entrepreneur magazine captures it all in its annual Franchise 500 list, which was published again this week. At the top of the list is McDonald’s and a dozen other familiar names that populate so many...

Inside the World of Private Equity Ownership of Franchisors

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Individual franchise units are often owned by the local investors who run the business and reap the rewards of their efforts. But who owns the franchising system that local owners are licensing? Increasingly, private equity funds are investing in franchisors, drawn by the predictability of a proven business model, and the “skin in the game” model of local ownership. Forbes recently...

Small Business Optimism Remains At Record Highs

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A strong economy continues to fuel record levels of optimism among small business owners, according to the latest survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, with high demand for hiring stated as the No. 1 concern. The NFIB Small Business Optimism index came in at 104.4 in December, virtually unchanged at -0.4 less than November’s record high. “Optimism among small business...

What’s Hot: Growth Categories for New Franchise Concepts

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Fitness is surpassing Food as the franchising category generating the most new concepts, according to recent numbers from FranData, reflecting a shift in consumers’ time and dollars. It’s a common theme in several recent articles about this year’s hot new concepts: “Fitness” may be too narrow a label for all of the Health and Wellness businesses appealing to Millennials...

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