A franchise opportunity can be a great way for someone to be his or her own boss without the uncertainty of starting a business from scratch. But regardless of what kind of franchise an entrepreneur might choose, there are a number of questions they should ask themselves before starting out, according to Entrepreneur.com.

One question potential franchise owners need to ponder is what their priorities are in life. Opening a franchise takes a lot of work. Restaurants and retail stores often require owners to work on nights, weekends and sometimes holidays.

Dealing with the public is another likely requirement when starting a franchise opportunity, according to the site. Some people are very comfortable speaking with customers, and some are not. A franchise owner has to be able to avoid taking comments personally.

The International Franchise Association says that franchises will continue to expand in 2010, with an expected growth rate of 2 percent. By the end of the year, the IFA predicts that there will be more than 900,000 franchises in the U.S.

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