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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business, 3rd Edition by Barbara Weltman

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Chapter 5
The Franchise Option: Business in a Box
In This Chapter
◆ Franchising your way into business
◆ Finding a franchise just for you
◆ Protecting yourself as a franchise consumer
In the preceding chapter, you learned how to develop a business concept from scratch. But why reinvent the wheel if somebody’s already created your dream business? You may be able to buy a concept that’s already been developed. What’s more, the concept has already been tested. The existing concept comes prepackaged in something called a franchise.
 
In this chapter, you’ll learn all about franchises. You’ll find out what they are and how to find the right franchise for you. You’ll also learn how to protect yourself if you decide to buy and operate a franchise.

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