Hi! I'm Dane Carlson, and welcome to the Business Opportunities Weblog. I've been publishing this website, by myself, and sometimes with the help of others for over twelve years now. You'll notice two things about this site right away:

  • We have tons of content. In fact, since November 2011, I've published more than 26,000 posts on thousands of different business ideas and opportunities.
  • We don't sell much advertising. In late 2013, I realized that by selling advertising, what I was really selling was my readers. In 2014, I've already radically cut down on the number of ads and will hopefully keep cutting.

I recently had a chance to exchange a couple of quick questions with Joel Libava, a franchise consultant with Franchise Selection Specialists in Cleveland, Ohio.

What is a franchise consultant?

There are actually a couple different types of franchise consultants. There are those who help companies franchise their concepts. Then there are those who strategically match prospective franchise owners to opportunities in franchise ownership. I do strategic matchmaking and coaching.

How’d you get into the business?

I was in automobile franchising, got downsized, and was given the opportunity to join my late father’s franchise consulting firm, in 2001. Best decision I ever made-career wise.

What advice would you give someone looking to buy a franchise?

1. Don’t buy a franchise that has the potential to turn into a fad.

2. Don’t skimp on the most important part of the process; the research!

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Originally posted by Dane Carlson on September 22, 2008 in Ideas.

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