Step #2 – Begin your franchise search
Jack Burris is president of Red Beard Marketing, a marketing, business development and brand consulting company based in Charlotte, NC. RBM is a full service firm, and we also happen to have a lot of experience in the franchise vertical and currently work with some of the best and brightest minds in the franchise community including Franconnect, Franchise Business Review, Franchise Payments Network and FranchiseWorks LLC, all small businesses designed to help franchisors, franchisees and interested investors through the franchise process. RBM is always results-oriented.
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As you start deciding which franchise is for you, there are dozens of sources to reference to gain valuable information about available opportunities. If you are searching for a retail opportunity in your own town, take some time to drive around and see what’s there. Use other helpful resources like YellowPages.com and Google to see what kind of marketing other businesses are doing … your future competition. Here are a few resources to find some of the available opportunities:
- FranchiseWorks.com – Over 250 franchise opportunities listed.
- FranchiseBusinessReview.com – Reviews from franchisees.
- FranchiseGator.com – One of StartupNation’s partners and most comprehensive lists of franchise opportunities, over 700 at last count.
- Franchoice – A network of consultants poised to assist you in your business decision.
Aside from contacting third parties, you should also contact the franchisor who will be able to provide real world information about the franchise “straight from the horses mouth.”
Next up? Sifting through all the information. Stay tuned!