This month’s franchise focus looks at the broad category of consumer and business services, which essentially encompasses any franchise that sells a service rather than a product. Myriad examples exist in this group—the category runs the gamut from party planners and photographers to sign-makers and lawn care.

This year, we’ve highlighted a few that are especially relevant to what’s happening in the economy: resale clothing store, Clothes Mentor; staffing franchises and postal/shipping service franchises.

But these are just the tip of the iceberg. The great diversity of this category means there’s a wide spectrum of franchises that would be glad to share their story with you as a consumer and as a prospective franchisee.