Franchising is a formidable force in today’s economy. The International Franchise Assn. reports that there are more than 760,000 franchised businesses in the U.S. today, accounting for nearly $1.53 trillion, or close to 10% of the nation’s output.

Franchising has helped many, many people achieve the American Dream. But franchising is not for everyone, nor is every franchise opportunity created equal. So before you jump on the bandwagon, ask yourself these five questions.

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