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Joel Libava


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If you are thinking about getting into franchising, and want to learn all you can, I'll be happy to answer general questions on franchising; From how to find the right one, to how to do the proper research, and how to protect yourself from scams. I only offer straightforward franchise advice. I'm not going to try to sell you anything. I've written well over 1,500 articles on franchise ownership. Other places that my articles on franchising can be found include Small Business Trends, and
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Experience in the area

Cleveland, Ohio based franchise ownership advisor, and the author of "Become A Franchise Owner! (Wiley Publishing) I specialize in teaching people how to find, research, and buy a franchise-safely.


Book- Become A Franchise Owner! (Wiley Publishing) eBook- The essential Steps To Researching A Franchise eBook- How To Carefully Select And Properly research A Franchise The Franchise The New York Times The Huffington Post Corpnet Small Business Trends Open Small Biz Spin Sucks


Brush High School Cleveland State University OSBT

Awards and Honors

Awesome Judge Award- 2011-2013, Small Business Influencer Awards Numerous awards for The Franchise King Blog

What do you like about this subject?

Franchising can be a great way to start your own business, if the right one is chosen and properly researched.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I would like to make sure that my blogs and websites continue help franchising become be more transparent, so that prospective franchise owners get the information they need to make the right decision for them.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

You do NOT have to make a large investment to be successful.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Do NOT get into a franchise business based on your hobbies!

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Recent Answers from Joel Libava

2015-06-05 questionnaires:

Lots of caution, and here's why:    1. These brokers (consultants) only work with franchisors who will pay them-so you're not getting access to all franchisors and their unique concepts.    2. $20,000

2015-05-18 Seeking Franchise Moving to New Community:

Hi Sunny,    I think you should go for it.    Share your story with them...make it a personal one. Share your plans on moving back.    Be transparent. If they want to continue engaging with you, great

2013-08-21 Start-up Costs:

Hi,    That's fantastic!    For your letter, here's what to do:    Contact your nearest SBDC. They offer free services to startups. Someone there may be able to help you draft a strong letter.    Here-

2013-08-21 Start-up Costs:

Hi,    This sounds like it may be a good fit for the area, but there are lots of factors that must be looked at...not just financing.    However, if you don't have a decent net worth, the franchise company

2010-05-12 Franchise or Corporate:

Hi Chris,    Great question;    I'll simplify it here.    If you would like an opportunity to build some equity in something, than getting a location could be a way to get it.    (Ask if you can sell when


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