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Franchise books and resources can help you research buying a franchise business. There is a lot to learn about the franchise industry. Here are some of our favorite Franchise Book resources to provide detailed guidance to prospective franchisees and existing franchisees.

AAFD Fair Franchising Standards
By Fair Franchising Standards Committee
Price: $4.99
2012 Edition. The Kindle edition of the AAFD’s industry acclaimed Fair Franchising Standards. This important work is a blueprint to fair and balanced franchise agreements and relationships. Now franchise buyers have objective criteria by which to judge a franchise opportunity. Consistent with the AAFD’s marketplace solutions to the problems facing the franchising community, the AAFD’s Fair Franchising Standards serve as the basis for accrediting forward thinking franchisors who recognize that endorsement of their franchising practices by the AAFD can pay enormous dividends in the franchising marketplace. The mission of the FAIR FRANCHISING STANDARDS Committee of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers is to develop standards relating to various business and legal aspects of the franchisor/franchisee relationship so that a more equitable franchise agreement becomes the standard for the franchise community which reflects and balances the legitimate business interests of the franchisor and the legitimate business interests of its franchisees. The Fair Franchising Standards Committee was empowered by resolution of the AAFD’s Trade Association Council to draft Fair Franchising Standards which will provide the basis for objective accreditation of franchising companies. The AAFD Fair Franchising Committee includes franchisors, franchisees and prominent attorneys who specialize in franchise law, all who share the conviction that the franchise community needs a viable and balanced code of standards to define fair franchising practices. The Committee has ultimately included more than 40 members, fairly balanced between franchisor and franchisee perspectives.
The Franchise Fraud: How To Protect Yourself Before And After You Invest
By Robert Purvin, Robert L. Purvin Jr.
Price: $16.75
You save: $0.24 (1 %)
Critical evaluation of the franchising industry and community, exposing long held myths and advocating the organization of strong franchisee associations with the negotiating leverage to achieve a balance of obligations and benefits for franchisors and franchisees.
Franchise Bible (Franchise Bible: How to Buy a Franchise or Franchise Your Own Business)
By Erwin Keup
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Are you thinking of buying a franchise or franchising your own business? This indispensable guide tells you how to do it—and save time and money in the process. Franchise expert Erwin J. Keup shares his nearly 40 years of franchise experience and reveals what to expect and how to avoid costly mistakes. You’ll learn to: • Determine if running a franchise is right for you • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of franchising • Understand the legal terms and documents associated with franchising • Navigate the offering circular and identify what items it should contain • Decide whether you should buy a franchise or start a business from scratch • Select the best method for expanding your existing business • Determine the optimum time to franchise your business This book includes actual franchise documents: • Two sample Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars • Two sample franchise agreements • Franchise application form • Site evaluation form • Operational manual outline Plus, this guide is packed with checklists to help you: • Investigate franchisors • Interview existing franchisees • Assess your suitability for running a franchise • Prepare the required information before purchasing a franchise
Fundamentals of Franchising
Price: $122.29
You save: $12.71 (9 %)
Fundamentals of Franchising is charged with useful definitions, practical tips, and expert advice from experienced practitioners. Written specifically to help lawyers and non-lawyers brush up on franchise law, this practical guide examines franchise law from a wide-range of experiences and viewpoints. Each chapter is written by two experienced practitioners and provides you with a well-rounded overview of franchise law and alerts you to issues that may require further research or expertise.
Dunk'd: A True Story of how Big Money is Corrupting the Franchising Industry
By Mr. Irwin Barkan
Price: $16.99
Dunk’d is the true story of Irwin Barkan’s encounter with the dark side of franchising. He is a serial entrepreneur who buys five franchises from Dunkin’ Donuts – the consumer brand of his dreams – only to find out that the company spies on its franchisees, even their personal lives, and has sued hundreds of them in a scheme to seize their stores. When Dunkin’ Donuts targets him, he fights back, and sets out to find out what is really going on behind the brown and orange logo. Dunk'd takes the reader through Barkan’s experience with the modern day realities of franchising, starting with the sales process and explaining how the small business owners who operate franchises function within the confines of this distribution system that is controlled by global conglomerates and private equity firms. The book examines how the franchising business, built around legal principles from the 19th Century, enables franchisors to treat their franchisees with impunity. Dunkin’ Donuts was once a paragon of franchising. Its founder, Bill Rosenberg, espoused a system where the franchisees were considered partners and built the company into an indelible brand. But its new owners have leveraged the franchise agreement, the most one-sided legal agreement used in business today, and used it to terrorize its franchisees, the small business owners who provide the capital and hard work that make the system work. Dunk’d is a cautionary tale that will entertain and inform readers as Barkan responds to a business environment that he has never encountered before: where a franchisor exploits its legal and economic dominance to batter its franchisees into submission. The underbelly of the franchise system and its deleterious effects on franchisees are exposed in Dunk’d; along with its built-in opportunities for larceny: by the franchisor, its corporate managers and the franchising lawyers assigned to keeping the rotten edifice intact. It’s a story Barkan could not fully comprehend while it was occurring. But once he put the pieces together that his story was more representative of the franchising and small business experience than the public could ever begin to imagine and is the reason he has written this book. This is a story all too familiar with franchisees, but one that will horrify the rest of America.
The Educated Franchisee: The How-To Book for Choosing a Winning Franchise, 2nd Edition
By Rick Bisio
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There is nothing more expensive than ignorance -- let The Educated Franchisee serve as your guide for selecting a franchise that meets your needs!

The Educated Franchisee will show you:
-How to find a franchise that is right for you
-How owning a franchise can create wealth
-Where to find quality franchisors
-What qualities franchisors look for
-How to gather information from franchisees
-How to make sure the franchise makes money
-How to confidently select the best franchise
-The five keys to success in owning a franchise

Street Smart Franchising
By Joe Mathews
Price: $16.13
You save: $5.82 (27 %)
Experienced franchisees and franchisors tell entrepreneurs what they need to know before they buy a franchise. Second edition includes a sample copy of the entire UFOC plus 40% new and updated examples. This straight-shooting franchise guide goes beyond the “how to” to teach potential franchisees what to expect when starting a franchise. Real life stories from the trenches illustrate how to cope with the difficulties a franchise presents. The author reveals the personality types most likely to succeed at franchising, and identifies entrepreneurial traits that may increase risk of failure. Plus, it takes an in-depth look at the research and investigation of a franchise, something glossed over in most franchise books.
Managing Franchise Relationships Through Mediation
By CPR Institute Franchise Mediation Program
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The Franchise Handbook: A Complete Guide to All Aspects of Buying, Selling or Investing in a Franchise
By Atlantic Publishing Co
Price: $13.36
You save: $1.59 (11 %)

A great resource for both prospective franchisees and franchisers, this book explains in detail what the franchise system entails and the precise benefits it offers to both parties. You will learn franchising advantages and disadvantages, how to develop or purchase a winning concept, how to choose a business franchise that fits your personal style and financial goals, how to develop forecasts and budgets, and how to estimate startup costs.

The book also covers managing daily operations, attracting and keeping customers, hiring employees and training staff, securing financing, legal agreements, offerings, markets, real estate, cost control, marketing, international franchising, as well as federal and state franchise regulations.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

Bond's Top 100 Franchises, 2014
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Bond's Top 100 Franchises, 2014 assesses a wide variety of variables to give readers the leading franchises out of more than 3,500 under consideration. The final selection is based on a number of factors, including historical performance, competitive advantage, franchisee satisfaction, and financial stability. This book is an extension of other books on franchising published by Source Book Publications (Bond's Franchise Guide, How Much Can I Make?, Tips and Traps When Buying a Franchise, Bond's Hottest New Franchises, Bond's International Franchise Guide, Bond's Veteran's Franchise Guide, and the Minority Franchise Guide).
How Much Can I Make?
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The single most important task for a prospective franchisee (or small businessperson) is to prepare a realistic cash flow statement that accurately reflects the economic potential of a franchise (business). “How Much Can I Make?” is an insider’s guide that provides historical sales, expense, and/or profit data on actual franchise operations to establish a solid basis for making these critical financial projections. Over 75 financial performance representations, prepared by the franchisors themselves, are included for major industry categories. The roster of franchisors runs from the McDonald’s and 7-Elevens of the world to several newer, smaller franchises with significantly fewer operating units. Only about 55 percent of franchisors provide this information. Given that franchisors are not allowed to make, or even discuss, any financial projections other than those published in their franchise disclosure documents, this hard-to-obtain data is especially useful.

In addition, the author provides a detailed profile of each franchisor, its logo, and detailed worksheets, as well as his own insights into making meaningful projections.
Franchising 101: The Complete Guide to Evaluating, Buying and Growing Your Franchise Business
By The Association of Small Business Development Centers
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This new, definitive guide provides clear, concise explanations of the issuesinvolved in finding, buying and ultimately operating and growing a successfulfranchise business.
Buying a Franchise: Better Business Bureau: Insider's Guide to Success
By Better Business Bureau
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The investment required to license a franchise is a substantial sum. The results can be tremendously lucrative, providing both financial and professional independence, but there are also plenty of potential pitfalls. Better Business Bureau's Buying a Franchise: Insider's Guide to Success is packed with essential information, including worksheets, checklists, and charts. Experienced entrepreneurs from the Better Business Bureau guide investors from selecting a franchise to negotiating a contract to techniques for managing a profitable business.