Franchise Owners

McDonald's Owner Shows His Restaurant

A franchise owner contracts with a company to sell that company's products or services. After paying an initial fee and agreeing to pay the company a certain percentage of revenue, the franchise owner can use the company's name, logo, and guidance. McDonald's, Subway, and KFC are some of the top franchised companies that have locations all across the country. Franchises, however, are not limited to the fast food industry. Today, franchises are available in a wide variety of business areas including computer service, lawn care, real estate, and even hair salons. According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), franchises account for nearly 50 percent of all retail sales in the United States and these sales total more than $1.5 trillion a year.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Contract with a company (such as McDonald's) to sell that company's products or services; manage staff; sell products or services to customers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Several years' business experience, especially in management
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner of Multiple Franchise Units
  • Experienced Franchise Owner
  • New Franchise Owner

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