It has been a tough year for small businesses. Across the country, millions of small businesses have temporarily closed their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even now, as the pandemic eases and operations begin to pick back up, many small businesses report that they are struggling to fill open positions.
But business owners are resilient and creative. Despite the difficulties of the past year, most businesses expect to survive the pandemic, and interest in starting a new business remains high. Many aspiring business owners are interested in becoming franchise owners. In this uncertain economic climate, starting a franchise offers several benefits over other paths to business ownership. Starting a new nonfranchised business is riskier than franchising, can require more upfront capital, and does not provide the network of training and support often available to franchisees.
Franchising, like any business, requires planning, preparation, and paperwork...