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Franchise Times Zor Awards

Which franchise is best for you? We describe three types



Healthcare Pro

Healthcare Pro

The type: Healthcare practitioners, from chiropractors to physical therapists and beyond, often enjoy providing care but dislike insurance and regulation, and turn to franchising.

Franchises that fit: Look for brands with well-developed systems to handle the above, especially regulation that varies state-by-state, and strong brand names.

The pluses: A health-related franchise will likely command better real estate spots and attract more consumers than an independent, at least after enough units are sold.

The pitfalls: This industry is experiencing the new gold rush of franchising, like restaurants did decades ago, and only some of those brands will ultimately be successful.

Advice: Talk with multiple franchisees to examine the business model before signing, especially the number of clients one provider can see in a day and what that means for profits.

In real life: Liz Olson, our model, is office manager and audience development guru at Franchise Times, where she keeps our circulation numbers strong and growing.

Franchise Times Zor Awards

For your consideration
How we chose the Zor Awards

The Zor Awards
Fast-Casual Pizza
Dog Vs. Cat People
Cheap Seats
Hands On
Feel Like a Kid Again
Drive-Thru Classics
Better Burgers
Personal Wellness
Fixer Upper
New Wave Medical

Types of Zees
Healthcare Pro
Pet-Care Operators
Corporate Refugee
The Superdog

Pet-Care Operator

Pet-Care Operator

The type: Many people who love animals look to pet care franchises as an excellent way to turn their passion into profits.

Franchises that fit: Dog daycares are booming, with brands ranging from high-end “hotels” for dogs to rustic pet playgrounds, as are mobile services and pet-focused retailers.

The pluses: That’s an easy one for pet enthusiasts: You get to play with dogs (and at some franchises, cats and other furry friends) all day, and build a community.

The pitfalls: Some top lines just aren’t big enough to sustain an operator, and there’s also A LOT of physical and dirty work—aka dog poop, everywhere.

Advice: Plan to be engaged with the community, so everyone knows about the franchise and it becomes a gathering place. This goes for many kinds of retail brands, of course.

In real life: Xavier Brantley-Schauls is a model with a sharp fashion sense, an aspiring filmmaker and a server in one of Minneapolis’ hot spots, Hell’s Kitchen.

Corporate Refugee

Corporate Refugee

The type: Many mid- or late-career execs get sick of working for the man, or are relieved of their duties by the powers that be, and strike out on their own.

Franchises that fit: Big operations with real estate requirements like restaurants or educational franchises can make use of well-developed skill sets.

The pluses: Execs who had broad responsibilities often have great command of the big picture, and decades of expertise.

The pitfalls: Former C-level officers often get used to fat salaries, sumptuous perks and large staffs, and they won’t see those heights for at least a few years, if ever, as a franchisee.

Advice: Figure out your strengths and weaknesses, and then find business partners or employees who fill your gaps.

In real life: Our model, Jeff Amann, is COO for Welcov, a multi-state healthcare provider, and not coincidentally, the husband of FT’s editor-in-chief. (Thanks, Jeff.)

The Superdog

Norman is an Australian Shepherd and Border Collie mix who surprised his parent, Tom Kaiser of Franchise Times, by being a perfect supermodel at the photo shoot for the Zor Awards. Good boy, Norman!


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