Ready To Own A Franchise?

Take this course to make sure you know what to plan for and expect.

The wealth of options and information available on thousands of different franchise opportunities can be daunting for anyone considering taking the plunge into franchise ownership. From the very beginning all the way throughout the assessment process, it’s imperative that prospective franchisees know how the brands they are considering signing on with fit with their unique needs and expectations. Finding the right franchise brand is just as much an emotional decision as it is a financial one, but with the proper approach, any prospective franchisee can arrive at the ideal match.
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Course curriculum

  • 1
    Define the "Whats" and the "Whys"
    • Learning More About What You're Looking For
    • Self-Evaluation is Critical
    • Deciding to Join a Franchise Instead of Starting Your Own Business
  • 2
    Doing Your Homework
    • Running the Numbers
    • Evaluating Your Options
    • What is an FDD?
    • Exploring Items 6 & 7 of the FDD
    • Exploring Item 19 of the FDD
  • 3
    Mutual Evaluation Process
    • Validation Process
    • Discovery Day
    • Making Your Decision

Learn From Industry Leaders

Nick and Sean have over 30 years of experience working with startup franchise concepts to large developed franchise systems. They provide a unique insight and perspective in growing, operating and building franchise brands.
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Learn From Industry Leaders

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What You Will Learn

  • Why Join A Franchise

    You will understand why people join a franchise vs. start their own business. You'll learn to ask yourself the right questions in order to determine if franchising is for you.

  • What To Look For During Your Research

    You will understand what to look for from 3rd party sources and from brands you are interested in to determine if a franchise opportunity is right for you.

  • How to Ask The Right Questions

    During the final steps of the due diligence process, you will learn what questions to ask the brand and, more importantly, the former and existing franchisees.


  • Nick Powills

    Publisher of 1851 Franchise

    Nick Powills

    Nick Powills, CFE, founded No Limit Agency in 2008 and serves as Chief Brand Strategist for the Chicago-based firm. No Limit is a full-service communications agency that establishes and elevates brands by bridging Public Relations, Social Media, Marketing, Advertising, Digital, and a lot of creativity, to best strategize well-rounded and successful campaigns for 50+ global franchise brands. By presenting visionary ideas and building real relationships, No Limit is able to create effective media branding strategies to help companies grow. Nick currently leads a staff of writers, media strategists, designers, social media experts and digital producers in an office think-tank where brands are humanized for strong, compelling media stories. Prior to starting No Limit at the age of 27, Nick spent four years working at a franchise PR agency where he mastered the art of building rapport with media outlets and creating newsworthy pitches for earned media placements. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Drake University in Iowa.
  • Sean Fitzgerald

    Chief Development Strategist, 1851 Franchise

    Sean Fitzgerald

    A senior level franchise executive with over 20 years of experience working with startup franchise concepts to large developed franchise systems and corporations in need of rebranding, giving a unique insight and perspective in growing, operating and building franchise brands. Experience includes: Franchise sales, marketing, lead generation strategy, lead flow, PR, content marketing, web design, SEO / SEM, CRM, franchise operations, multi-unit development, franchise compliance, new franchise training, and franchisor / franchisee relations. Formerly Executive Vice President for BrightStar Care, Senior VP of Quiznos and National Vice President of Franchise Development for Wireless Zone, a Verizon Wireless retail chain. In 2 years, lead the growth of Wireless Zone from under 200 locations to over 480 stores. Prior to Wireless Zone, he was COO of a startup women's fitness franchise that grew to over 100 franchisees and 250 locations in 3 years and Co-founder and COO of an automotive accessory retail chain out of Cincinnati, OH, which grew to a national franchise and eventual IPO trading on the NASDAQ-QTC.

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Is This For You?

Not quite sure if you're ready to take the leap. If you answer yes to any of the following, this course will be worth your time!

  • Are you looking to break from the chains of corporate, but don't know where to start?

  • Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and are looking for business ownership opportunities?

  • Are you ready to take a long look at yourself in the mirror to determine if franchising is the right option for you?

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