Franchises are one of the most popular ways to go into business, but they are rife with risk and scams. Books such as The Franchise Fraud: How to Protect Yourself Before and After You Invest, by Robert L. Purvin, Jr., John Wiley & Sons, 2007, will help you to make the right decision before investing.

The Library has many books about franchises, including directories and how to choose a franchise and make it a financial success. Check out the SCL Biz Guide to Starting a Business for more resources on all aspects of launching your own business venture.