The Age:

Australia is the world’s most franchised nation. It has three times more franchises per head compared with the United States, according to IBISWorld, which describes the $180 billion industry as “booming”.

If you are keen to join the boom by buying a franchise, you’d better be careful. A recent watchdog report found that some franchisors inflate potential income.

Here’s some expert intel on how to spot a legitimate franchise opportunity.

1. Test your enthusiasmRead on.