USA Today:

Have you always dreamed of owning your own business, but think starting a business from scratch is more than you can handle?

Are you fed up with your job? Or, maybe you can’t find a job. Perhaps you are one of the many folks that have been laid off and you’re still trying to decide what to do next. Franchising may be what you need to push you higher on the earning ladder.

After spending five years in prison on drug charges, a young man I will call Henry emerged from prison ready to walk a path of right living. Henry believed the college education he started and completed in prison would help him to land a good job.

He spent months searching and even had a few close calls, but Henry was constantly denied work. Once the interviewer heard he had been in prison, even openings that he qualified for were closed, with a “we’re sorry, try again later” response. He concluded that no one would hire someone with a prison record.

One day, while sharing his woes, a friend who had his own business suggested that Henry consider starting a business himself. Henry reminded his friend that he had no resources and knew little about running a company. “Look into franchising,” the friend replied.

After extensive research, Henry took his friend’s advice and within six months bought a janitorial service franchise business. He’s now finally enjoying the benefits of earning a decent living.

During a lunch meeting with Henry, he told me, “My franchise has given me a renewed trust and confidence in myself. I couldn’t be happier. The franchiser helped me with everything I needed, including financing. And, they continue to give me needed support. It’s a win-win situation. We need each other to be successful.”

Owning a business can be rewarding. And, going the franchise route can take the guesswork out of starting and running your own company.

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