Understanding the Rating

Welcome to Entrepreneur’s forty first annual Franchise 500® rating. For greater than 4 many years, we’ve been learning the franchise business and honing our proprietary system with a view to deliver you the world’s first, finest, and most complete franchise rating. And with annually, the rating turns into more and more aggressive, as increasingly more firms see the worth of growth by franchising and throw their hats into the ring. Our checklist reveals simply how diverse the franchise world has turn out to be, providing potential franchisees a myriad of selections, from extra conventional choices, like eating places, upkeep providers, and gymnasiums to the most recent developments, like ax throwing, cryotherapy, and CBD.

So simply how can we go about evaluating and rating such a various pool of alternatives? Right here’s a glance behind the scenes.

The 5 Pillars of the Franchise 500®

Some key elements that go into our analysis:


  • Franchise price
  • Complete funding
  • Royalty charges


  • Coaching instances
  • Advertising and marketing help
  • Operational help
  • Franchisor infrastructure
  • Financing availability
  • Litigation


  • Open & working items
  • Progress fee
  • Closures


  • Social media
  • System dimension
  • Years in enterprise
  • Years franchising


  • Franchisor’s audited monetary statements

Word: Pillars and elements will not be listed so as of significance.

The rating course of begins with gathering the info. Beginning in July 2019, we requested franchisors to fill out our on-line kind and submit a replica of their present franchise disclosure doc (FDD) or Canadian disclosure doc. We had a record-breaking 12 months, with 1,105 firms supplying all of the required info. Submissions had been vetted by our editorial workforce earlier than being entered for knowledge evaluation.

To be eligible to rank, a franchisor have to be in search of new franchisees within the U.S. or Canada and should have had a minimal of 10 items open and working as of July 31, 2019, with at the very least one franchise positioned in North America. Every eligible franchisor was scored based mostly on greater than 150 knowledge factors, and people with the best cumulative scores grew to become the Franchise 500.

Word: The Franchise 500 isn’t meant to endorse, promote, or advocate any specific franchise. It’s solely a instrument to check franchise operations. You must all the time conduct your personal cautious analysis earlier than investing in a franchise. Learn the FDD and associated supplies, get assist from a franchise legal professional and an accountant to overview authorized and monetary paperwork, discuss to as many present and former franchisees as doable, and go to their shops. Defend your self by doing all your homework to seek out the chance that’s finest for you.

Analysis compiled by Tracy Stapp Herold and Michael Frazier, with help from Sean Pressure, Ayesha Diwan, Karina Martinez, Dianna Mendoza, and Niko Ruiz; technical help from Angel Cool.


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