Each year I have at least 100 different people come to me and ask “Where can I find a good franchise?” There is no simple answer to this question because every franchise has the potential to be good if the right people are involved, on both the franchisor and franchisee sides. Also, you must remember that what is “good” for you is not necessarily what is “good” for someone else. You have to know what you want from a business before you can determine whether a particular franchise will be good for you. During the upcoming West Coast Franchise Expo in Anaheim, CA on October 24 – 26, I will have the pleasure of talking to entrepreneurs who are looking to buy a franchise. This is a passion of mine as I love talking with people about their business goals, but when this question comes up during my seminars I have to admit that I do not have an answer because I cannot know what someone is looking for in a business. My recommendation normally is that the person review the franchise disclosure document and talk with qualified advisers, which includes a franchise attorney, as well as analyzing the franchise and having all questions answered before committing. There are places to go to learn about different franchises and request more information such as the International Franchise Association, Franchise Gator, World Franchising, and Franchise Direct just to name a few. Working with different franchise brokers or consultants as well will help give more information about a particular franchise. All of these are great resources, but maybe one of the best places to learn about a particular franchise face to face is at one of the many franchise trade shows put on across the country during the year by different groups such as MFV Expositions and The National Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo. Buying a franchise is a life changing event that can be one of the best decisions you will make if you do your research and find the franchise that is “good” for you. If I can help you in any way with your franchise purchase or give you names of people that can help direct you in the right direction, please feel free to contact me at Jason@sla.law or call my office toll free at 866-993-7262.