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So you are interested in being a franchisee, but don’t know where to start. You are not sure what kind of business you want to be in, and even if you did, you are not sure where the best place to start that business would be.

That’s where FranNet comes in. They are in the business of pointing prospective franchisees in the right direction. They provide a service– for free – that pairs prospective franchisees with franchises.

FranNet is a network of franchise consultants. The organization provides a broad array of services that include helping people with the entire franchise process – from franchising a business to purchasing or selling a franchise.

“FranNet provides free guidance and information to individuals who are interested in purchasing a franchised business,” said Heather Gough, director of marketing and communications for FranNet. “Our role is to educate entrepreneurs on the franchise industry to help clients determine if franchise ownership is for them. FranNet works with many of the best franchises in the industry, and FranNet consultants use a special profiling and consultative process to determine the right franchise opportunity and business model unique to each person.”

The best part about FranNet from a veteran’s perspective is that its services are completely free. All fees are paid by national franchisors who are seeking candidates. FranNet also hosts numerous monthly informational seminars and educational programs that are open to the public. These are available throughout the country and online.

“We help people who are looking for something different, and wanting more than just a job,” Gough said. “Our role is to help people become small business owners, and help them meet their dreams of success and freedom. We guide people in the right direction to the something they have always wanted.”

Gough said that FranNet likes working with veterans because they already have the skill and abilities to become a successful franchisee.

“The military teaches discipline, teamwork, and leadership – all of which are ideal traits for business ownership,” she said. “Veterans are more likely to own their own business than non-veterans. Their military experience will easily transition to franchise business ownership. They have used procedures and manuals in the military, so why not start a business with the same proven procedures and process for success?”

She also pointed out that many veterans are not aware of all the options available in franchising. Even if a veteran does not leave the military with a nest egg, there are financing options to help them get a franchise off the ground.

“Many veterans may not realize all the franchise opportunities available to them and the special financing options,” Gough said. “With over 3,000 franchise opportunities available, selecting the right one for them and their family can be overwhelming. That’s where FranNet’s service can be invaluable to veterans.”

FranNet is a member of VetFran and helps to spread awareness of franchises to veterans. A prospective franchisee is assigned a FranNet consultant, an independent consultant /franchise expert. The consultant pool includes past and present franchisors, franchise executives, franchisees, regional and area developers, and other business professionals.

A FranNet consultant serves as a one-stop shop for all franchise information and services. They provide research and information about different franchises. The consultant can introduce prospective franchisees to many different franchisors, allowing potential owners to learn the basics about different businesses all in one spot.

If you are interested in owning a franchise, but are unsure of where to start, FranNet is a great place to kick off your research. The organization does a lot of the legwork for a prospective franchisee and, best of all, it costs them nothing.

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This article was written by Jay Myers