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How to Start My Own Franchise: Tools and Resources for Starting a Franchise Business

How to Start My Own Franchise: Tools and Resources for Starting a Franchise Business

Learn about a variety of tools and resources prospective franchisees can use to research how to start a franchise.

While starting a franchise lets you be in business for yourself but not by yourself, the key is to find the perfect franchise network partner for you. Luckily, there is a plethora of information available on the internet from many reputable sources you can use to find the best franchise opportunity to fit your budget, interests and lifestyle. If you’re pondering, “how to start my own franchise,” we’ve gathered a few of the best sites and tools to help you get started on your journey.

International Franchise Association (IFA)

IFA strives to advance the future of franchising by protecting, enhancing and promoting franchise business. It provides multiple tools and resources to educate and support members including an information hub, certification program and a franchise opportunity search platform.

The Find a Franchise tool helps match prospective franchisees to the best franchise opportunity. Pick your passion, i.e., the industry you’re interested in, select your country, veteran status and indicate the amount you can invest to see the franchise opportunities available that meet your criteria. Or, skip the filter to browse all opportunities. Results can be sorted by featured businesses, company name, start-up cost, years of IFA membership or by veteran’s discount ranking.

Listings include basic business information, primary products and/or services offered, start-up cost, total investment and veteran discount ranking. Links to request more information or to visit the business’s website are also included.

Franchise Direct

Franchise Direct is a comprehensive online resource providing extensive information on the franchise industry. It houses a collection of articles, news, reports, videos, tips, FAQs, success stories, interviews, a blog and more. You can also sign up for a free newsletter to stay up to date on the latest franchise opportunities.

Use the directory to search franchise opportunities by category/industry, location or investment amount. Filters are included for browsing by: top, new, low cost, mobile and green franchises. You can also filter by opportunities for veterans, SBA approved franchises, those with special financing offers and more.

Each listing provides a quick snapshot of the business. Click the listing to see more in-depth information including a business profile, news, financial information including costs, special offers and financing available, testimonials and success stories.


Packed with news, articles, books, videos, podcasts and webinars, Entrepreneur is a great resource for research prior to starting a franchise.

The Franchise Hub is a search tool that helps find the right franchise for you and lets you request more information. Searches can be conducted by category or specific business name. Or, take their quiz to get personalized matches based on your interests, education, experience, financial resources and location. Stay on top of opportunities in your area by signing up to receive updates via email.

Results provide a company bio, number of locations and growth, breakdown of costs and fees, financing options and training and support offered by the franchisor.

The Business Opportunities section provides yet another way to browse through their collection of franchise opportunities and see more information like benefits of franchising with the brand and testimonials from current franchisees.

For a quick look at top opportunities, check out the Franchise 500 ranking, Best Franchises For Any Budget Ranking and 2019 Top Global Franchises Ranking.

Franchise Gator

The goal of Franchise Gator is to help you find your business. It has a large directory of franchise and business opportunities from well-known, established names to new brands in the market. The site provides business ownership information and research as well as hundreds of articles to help educate you on buying a franchise and running a business. A list of franchise expos, conferences and events that allow you to view and compare franchising possibilities is also included.

Franchise and business opportunities can be searched by category, state or cash required. Or browse annual lists of top opportunities broken down into three categories:  Top 100 Franchises, Fastest Growing Franchises and Top Emerging Franchises. creates and distributes helpful information regarding franchising and small business in addition to maintaining a comprehensive directory of franchises for sale. There are a number of different methods to hone in on the best franchise for you like narrowing results by state, industry or investment range or by browsing low cost franchises or top franchises (based on the number of inquiries each has received.)

Listings include a quick franchise summary, overview, cost, fees and facts, states where opportunities are available, testimonials and of course, the ability to request additional information.

There are also many resources to help you pursue the franchise of your dreams including a net worth calculator, finance center and even a self-survey to help you determine if franchising is right for you. The FAQ and blog are packed with general franchise information and valuable tips for starting a franchise.

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We Proudly Support Our Veterans

Participating partners with the VetFran program, The UPS Store offers qualifying veterans $15,000 off their franchise fee to start their new business. To learn more, contact The UPS Store Franchise Development Team.

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Ranked for over 30 Consecutive Years

The UPS Store has been ranked #1 in the postal and business services category for over 30 years and remains in the top 5 overall for the seventh consecutive year according to the Franchise 500 list.

Kristin Howard

Franchisee, Michigan

The reason my husband and I decided to go into franchising and specifically with The UPS Store, is the different opportunities we're given with the business. The UPS Store has name recognition as well as opportunities to expand.

Debbie Adams

Franchisee, Kentucky

What I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store owner is working with my customers. We are the solution specialists for our customers.

Jim George

Franchisee, Illinios

My favorite part about The UPS Store network is the camaraderie with other franchisees. Everybody loves to help everybody else. You’re really part of a family.

Greg Murray

Franchisee, Florida

The interesting thing about The UPS Store is that when a customer walks through the door there's an extremely high probability that they're coming there to do something that is important to them. So at the end of the day, what we do for customers is very important and they are trusting that we are going to do it well.

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Mariana Huberman

Franchisee, Washington, D.C.

One of the things that I love about The UPS Store franchise system is that you're not ever in this by yourself. The franchisees of The UPS Store network are great.

Heidi Morris

Franchisee, Colorado

The thing I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store franchisee is I get to get up, go to work and know that I'm helping other business owners succeed in what they're doing.

Bob Brown

Franchisee, Tennessee

Owning a The UPS Store franchise has changed my life because it's finally given me the opportunity to engage my customers and my staff and be able to take real pride in what I do. As a franchisee, we get faced with solving peoples' problems every day and we do everything we possibly can to try to help.

Marie Jensen

Franchisee, Oregon

My favorite thing about The UPS Store is the variety. I love the variety of customers, I love the variety of services; getting to know the customers, meeting their needs, finding out how we can help them accomplish what they need to accomplish and seeing how happy they are. That makes me ecstatic.

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Tad Mollnhauer

Franchisee, Florida

With the products and services that The UPS Store provides we can make a difference in people's lives and that is the best reason for being a The UPS Store owner.

Joy Batchelor

Franchisee, Idaho

What makes being a The UPS Store franchisee worthwhile at the end of the day is the customers. The customers treat us like we're family.

Paul Erchinger

Franchisee, Texas

One nice benefit of owning a The UPS Store franchise for me has been that it gives me the opportunity to be more involved in the community. As I make relationships with others it seems like no matter what the environment is, in one way or another business comes out of that and that's not my objective—it's been a secondary benefit to being involved in the community.

Chris Reminder

Franchisee, Ohio

There are several things that I really enjoy about being a The UPS Store franchisee. First and foremost it allows me to get to know the people in the local community and that is a lot of fun. We get to see people on a regular basis. We get to know their life stories. That's a lot of fun.

Bruce Jones

Franchisee, Kentucky

Since we have joined The UPS Store, our life has changed by just having more time to spend together as a family. We've been very fortunate with the stores that we have and we have a great staff that looks out for our best interest and we look out for theirs.

Lonnie Williams

Franchisee, Oklahoma

What makes The UPS Store so successful is it gives each individual an opportunity to grow with the network and just meet the challenges that are brought to them on a daily basis. Every day gives us a new opportunity to help another person, to help another small business, to answer a question and to solve a problem.

Jeff Graham

Franchisee, Alabama

I love my customers. I love my employees. I love every person, every face that comes into my store. I enjoy every day going into work and I can't see doing anything else for the rest of my life.

Stacie Stigar

Franchisee, Alaska

I think that this franchise is so successful because of all of the resources that are available to us as center owners—we have marketing materials, we have so many different opportunities for help from the home office, and it just really makes for a great franchise.

Don Pollard

Franchisee, New Jersey

I think the thing that makes this franchise successful is a number of things. First of all we have an outstanding system, we have a great product, a great brand, and we're able to attract dynamic people to run these centers and run the business. So I think when you put all that together it really provides for a winning combination.

Mary Ellen Nichols

Franchisee, Tennessee

The thing I love about the franchise is that you have the UPS name backing you but yet you also have the autonomy to make your own decisions to promote.

Laura Griffin

Franchisee, Florida

In the eight short months I've owned my The UPS Store it has really changed my life. I've gone from being an employee of someone else to being an employer of my associates. It's a big responsibility but it's exciting every day.

Sandy Scandrett

Franchisee, Wisconsin

Being a The UPS Store franchisee has improved every aspect of my life. It's very rewarding financially, professionally, and emotionally. I have a large number of regular customers who are really, really appreciative of everything we do.

Kristie Robison

Franchisee, Alabama

I would say owning a The UPS Store location has changed my life to where I have more time and flexibility. In owning your own business you get your store up and running and you get employees that you can trust that are going to help keep your store running. This allows me to attend my two boys' ball games and also travel and do things with them so it has really changed my life for the better.