Your Ticket to a New Career?

Franchising can put your skills to work in your own business, but be sure to read the fine print before writing any checks

Franchising is giving James Radebaugh a second chance. Three years ago, after he was laid off from his job as a human-resources executive at food-products company Bob Evans Farms, Radebaugh, now 55, found himself disillusioned with the corporate world. So, Radebaugh, based in Powell, Ohio, consulted for several software companies while he figured out what to do next. Then it dawned on him: Why not buy a franchise? That way, he could run his own business without having to start from scratch.

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