Many possible investors consider a franchise opportunity and see only franchise and royalty fees, but in many cases, buying a franchise can prove more lucrative over time than opening a small business.

When buying into a franchise, investors will be required to pay company fees. However, in exchange they will receive a time-tested method and infrastructure for success that allows franchisees to “hit the ground running,” writes.

Franchisees will not have to worry about starting from scratch, as each franchise comes with its own playbook covering everyday operations. Such guidebooks detail the most time- and cost-efficient methods for running the business, the Web site reports. Additionally, franchisees receive training - as part of the franchise fee - so they can avoid having to contract professionals or confront numerous problems as a result of poor training or inexperience.

If potential franchisees do their research, they will even find that some franchises are categorized as “low-cost.” Entrepreneur magazine has an annual list of franchises that have start-up costs under $50,000. In the top ten, one franchise could be started for as little as $2,980.

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