At the Small Business Development Center, we see several clients wanting to start a business but not sure where to begin.
For some of these folks, a franchise may be the answer. Franchising is a way to go into business for yourself but not by yourself.
A franchise can reduce some of the unknowns when starting a business, however it does limit the amount of independence you have as a business owner. In the June issue of Entrepreneur, the top 101 home-based franchises are listed from the Entrepreneur’s 2011 Franchise 500.
Here are a few of the franchises mentioned in the article. Commercial cleaning services franchises such as Vanguard Cleaning Systems, Stratus Building Solutions, Bonus Building Care and CleanNet USA Inc. Other franchises listed include Fast-teks On-site Computer Services, The Utility Company and Computer Troubleshooters that offer computer and technology services.