Choosing to own a franchise can be a big decision –but with the right opportunity, it can also be one of the most rewarding paths to entrepreneurship. It’s a step thousands of people consider – but what moves the select group to take the plunge and make the investment?

For a staffing franchise like AtWork Group, we look for franchisees that share the same passion and commitment for people and the workforce as we do. Finding out if a franchise opportunity is right for you doesn’t end there.

Here are some tips to evaluate whether a staffing franchise – or other opportunity— is right for you and your personal and professional goals.

Align with Your Passion – Do you know what you like and what you’re good at? If you care about a healthy lifestyle, a candy-shop franchise probably isn’t the right fit for you. If you’re passionate about people and matching them with employment opportunities, a staffing franchise might be a good opportunity to look into. With nearly 10 percent of the workforce made up of temporary workers, staffing franchises are good options for people who are passionate about the industry. Taking some time to consider what excites you in life is a smart first step.

Evaluate the Industry Category – Every year, Entrepreneur Magazine ranks the nation’s top franchise opportunities through its Franchise 500 list. This is a great way to research categories as well as individual companies. AtWork Group has appeared on the list five times since 2010.

Gauge Support – Not all franchise models are created equal. What is the training program like? Does home office offer continuing education and support for franchisees? Among staffing franchises, AtWork Group offers a balance of independence and support. The turnkey operation includes sales and marketing expertise, recruiting best practices and exclusive territories.

Existing Franchisee Satisfaction – One of the best sources of information is to talk to existing franchisees about their experiences. Another excellent tool is to research franchise opportunities consistently honored with the Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. The awards, announced by Franchise Business Review each year, are based on the results of independent surveys of thousands of franchise operators across the country.

With all of these elements aligned, you’ll be on your way to owning the business you’ve always dreamed of.

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