Because we understand how frightening taking the next step can be, we have committed consultants to help you every step of the way. Franopolis makes it easy to take action on your life's dreams. We are committed to providing the services and resources for making your dreams a reality. Our expert franchise consultants can answer your most basic questions or help you in finally taking that first step towards owning your own business.

Owning a franchise isn't for everyone. However, if it is for you, the possibilities are endless. We offer a free service to those interested through a consultation that is aimed at answering "your" questions.

As our services are free, there is no harm in learning about what opportunities are available to you. The first step is to fill out a "Get Started Today" form. Once that has been done and submitted via the web, one of our franchise coordinators will call you to verify your information. During this initial conversation with our coordinator, they will add additional notes or insights that you provide. With this information our coordinators will assign the appropriate franchise consultant to assist you. As we value your privacy, your contact information is always kept confidential. [up]

Once our coordinator has verified some basic information with you, your file is transferred to a franchise consultant who will then contact you within 24-48 hours. During this stage, the franchise consultant reviews with you the information initially gathered by the coordinator, as well as, gathers the necessary information to ensure you are matched with a franchise that fits who you are (i.e. what are you past skills, what types of industries are you interested in, and what type of industries are a good fit for you). The goal of a franchise consultant is not to place you in any franchise, but to place you in a franchise that you'll love and succeed at. Understanding your goals allows the franchise consultants to find the best opportunity for you. [up]

Based on the information collected during your consultation, the franchise consultant will begin a thorough research into the various franchise opportunities available that match your stated goals and abilities. As there are over 5,000 franchises, this process can become tedious. The beautiful thing is, however, that the consultants do all the leg work for you. Once the research is complete, the consultant will present you with the best 3-5 franchises that match your goals and interests. [up]

During this stage, the consultant presents the opportunities that have been identified as a good fit for you and sets up an introductory meeting with the franchisor. This meeting will require that you complete and submit a confidential questionnaire for the franchisor that let's them know that you are interested in receiving some more information on opening one of their franchises. During this particular process the franchisor will try to determine whether you are financially qualified to purchase a franchise, that your time frame to buy is within reasonable limits, and that your partners or family members are in complete agreement with you about buying a business. This step does not oblige you in any way; it simply shows the franchisor that you are a serious person wanting some information. [up]

For each franchise that you express interest in, a meeting with the franchisor is arranged. During this meeting, any questions and concerns you may have will be answered and addressed. The franchisor will then send you additional materials that may assist you in the decision making process. A UFOC (Uniform Financial Offering Circular) is sent to you that fully discloses the franchise business plan and is governed by the FTC. The UFOC receipt should be signed and returned immediately. [up]

Once you have received a UFOC from the franchisor, your consultant will thoroughly discuss the contents of the UFOC answering any questions you may have. Should there be any items that need changing, you will work closely with your consultant to ensure these changes are discussed and made. The UFOC will contain a list of franchisees and contact information in case there are any further questions your consultant cannot answer. [up]

As with any big decision you make in life, it is recommended that you check references. The franchisor you are interested in will provide you a list of people, like yourself, that have become successful in a similar franchise. It is your responsibility to call these references to ask questions about how the franchise became or remains successful. This is just an extra step you can take to ensure peace of mind in your journey towards becoming a franchise owner. [up]

You should always consult with an attorney and accountant before purchasing a business. It is important that both professionals have a background in franchising to ensure that you are covered in every way to benefit your position. [up]

Most franchisors have a Discovery Day where they invite prospective investors to visit a specific franchise location and see how the franchise is run. You will not only get crucial information to assist in making your decision, but will get to meet the staff that will potentially be training you on how to set up and run your franchise. [up]

Once you have gone through all the previous steps, it is time for you to make a decision. Should you choose to own a franchise, you will have taken the necessary steps towards becoming a Fran-trepreneur - a cross between a traditional entrepreneur and a modern franchise owner. As a Fran-trepreneur you will reap the benefits of being a business owner while not having to recreate the wheel- just follow a proven system for the benefit of your personal and professional goals. [up]