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On the following pages, you’ll find Entrepreneur’s 38th annual Franchise 500 ranking. We always put together what we know to be the first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world, but we also understand that being the best doesn’t mean we can’t be better. The franchise world is constantly evolving, and so are our rankings.

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The Service Industry: Why Veterans Are Flocking to the Franchise World

It has to do with focus, structure, camaraderie and a hard-earned ability to thrive within complex operations.
Leader Board

How the CEO of Planet Fitness, Which Counts 10 Million Members, Went From Front Desk Clerk to Top Exec

Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau shares what more than 25 years of working at the same company has taught him and the only leadership book he's ever read.
Franchisees

The Secret Sauce to Great Franchise Leadership

The upside down pyramid puts the franchisee at the center of everyone's effort. Success follows.
Education

After 30 Years of Experimenting, an Education Franchise Is Finally at the Top of the Class

The owner of The Learning Experience explains how his plan for small, sustained growth slowly grew into a robust franchise operation with a national presence.
McDonald's

Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know About McDonald's?

Do you know the corporation's CEO or how many Chicken McNuggets you can order at once?
Marketing

7 Digital Marketing Strategies for Franchises (Infographic)

Here's how to use the power of search, social media, email and more to increase your visibility.
Franchises

Rising Through the Ranks: What One Franchisee Learned Starting at the Bottom

Amol Kohli used to wash dishes at Friendly's as a teenager. Today, he's an owner.
Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut Made a Parka to Keep You as Warm as its Pizzas

You'll probably never get your hands on one, though.
Starting a Franchise Business

5 Professionals Who Make Great Franchise Candidates

There is no one skill set that means certain success or failure, but a handful of work experiences give franchisees a leg up.
Franchise 500

24 Top-Ranked, Affordable Franchises You Can Buy for $25,000 or Less

These low-cost franchises are worth your time, energy and investment.
Franchisors

3 Core Strategies For Building Successful Franchise Organizations

How to attract potential franchisees to invest in your business.
Franchises

The Best Franchises for Any Budget

We ranked the top 50 franchises for three different budgets: less than $100,000; $100,000 to $500,000 and more than $500,000.