Franchising: a Catalyst for Economic Growth

Franchising Boosts the Economy
As the U.S. economy climbs toward recovery, many laid off or fed up Americans are taking control of their lives with help, in many cases, from Franchisors.

Franchisors and their franchisees have created about 36,000 new jobs from January to July of this year, according to International Franchise Association figures.

The rise in entrepreneurs also signals a historic shift in what will drive the U.S. economy in the future. Many of the industries that helped pull the country out of the past recessions – autos and banks – have faced devastating, irreversible problems this go-round and aren’t likely to regain their roles as labor market saviors.

Could the surge in entrepreneurs be just what the country needs to further revive the sluggish U.S. economy? YES! Now more than ever, statistics show that the economy can and wants to support franchise entrepreneurs, especially if you are rolling out a low cost easy-barrier-to-entry franchise model.

“No way is the recovery going to happen without the increase in entrepreneurs,” said Dane Stangler, research manager at the Kansas City, Mo.-based Kauffman Foundation, one of the world’s largest foundations devoted to entrepreneurship. “In 20 or 30 years, we’re going to look back on this recession, and it will be a mark on the historic timeline where we precisely moved away from old-line industrial capitalism into full-fledged entrepreneurial capitalism.”

Now is the time! If your goal is to grow your business through franchising, there’s no time like NOW! Franchising grew more than 40 percent over the last 8 years and is forecast to continue to increase.