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Find a Food Franchise That Suits You

According to the International Franchise Association, the franchise industry is well-positioned for economic growth, with the largest sector being the food industry. Even with a tough economy, the average U.S. household spends approximately $3,000 per year on eating out. People simply love eating out and statistics prove they are willing to spend their disposable income on food and entertainment.

Fast food is the top franchise industry. Fast food franchises offer a proven business model. When located properly, a fast food franchise can be an excellent source of ongoing revenue. Costs of obtaining a fast food franchise vary widely. For a minimum initial investment of $80,000, you can start a Papa Murphy’s Take-n-Bake or Cousins Subs franchise. Franchises like Church’s Chicken offer 55 years of experience in the market and over 1600 locations in the world. Because it is a more established franchise, minimum initial investment starts at $300,000. If you are looking for a mid-range investment of just over $100,000, Sarku Japan is an outstanding choice. It has become a worldwide fast food success that is starting to grow rapidly here in the United States.

Mobile Food franchises are less expensive to buy into than fast food or casual dining franchises. For example, a Kona Ice franchise requires a minimum investment of $20,000. Benefits of mobile franchises like Kona Ice are a lower initial investment, lower overall establishment cost, lower overhead, and fewer employees. Before selecting a mobile franchise, find out if your service area is exclusive and protected, or you could be competing for profits with other franchisees. Another potential risk of investing in a mobile franchise is not performing independent research on household demographics in the service area.

Casual Dining Franchises offer individuals and families an alternative to fast food and formal dining. Combinations of pubs, restaurants and sports bars have become increasingly popular all over the United States. Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar is one such example. At a minimum investment of $300,000, it boasts 40 years of experience as a successful franchise. Boston’s appeals to families, with a great kid’s menu and family style pizzas. It has equal appeal for adults with collections of sports memorabilia on display, flat-screen TVs and a bar atmosphere that is open late.

Regardless of the type of food franchise you select, you need to know if the franchisor protects your territory. This is important because competing food franchises may be allowed to be located within a small radius of your business. Find out about territory protection by requesting information from the franchisor and networking with current franchise owners. If the franchise does not readily have this information, you should be able to obtain it from the Federal Trade Commission’s Franchise Disclosure Document.

Managing a food franchise requires long hours and hard work. Some successful franchisors have made it a fun family business, involving parents, siblings and cousins as part of the management and operations team. The wide variety of fast food, mobile food and casual dining franchises means there is a business opportunity waiting for you.

Life’s Abundance Dog Food Reviews – Our Story

Many people are looking for Life’s Abundance dog food reviews to see how other dogs have done on the food.

Well, here’s our story and experience with Life’s Abundance dog food. We were desperate to find a high quality dog food to help our dog as her health had been declining. We read about it and it sounded promising. Our dog, Elly, had been a faithful companion to us over the years and we wanted the best for her.

Well, we got her started on the food and here’s our personal Life’s Abundance dog food review…

1. More than anything, Elly loved it. There was no coaxing her to eat it. So we’re assuming it must taste pretty good!

2. Elly’s health started to improve. Gradually her coat became more soft and shiny and she seemed to have more energy. Just a year earlier, she had to have her spleen removed and was not in very good health.

3. Life’s Abundance dog food has good protein in it! So many of the foods we had seen and used had a lot of grains like corn and wheat in them. Life’s Abundance dog food actually has real meat with no added corn, wheat or soy!

4. They deliver it right to your door. We always dreaded when it was time to buy food as Elly is 80 pounds and it takes a BIG bag to feed her. So no more hauling dog food and breaking our backs.

5. It has a lot of “good stuff” in it. Things like eggs, real veggies, and good bacteria cultures that help with digestion. They even added antioxidants which help to boost the immune system and keep your dog healthy.

6. Life’s Abundance dog food was NOT on the recall list back when there was such a big scare. They have great quality control on their food and it is a human grade dog food. (which means a human could eat it!)

7. We really liked the fact that there are NO by-products! Companies are allowed by law to put by-products into dog food…things like chicken feet, chicken heads, intestines…yes seriously…that’s what a by- product is!

As far as the negatives…well it does cost just a little more than the mainstream commercial food in the stores…but…after watching a video on what’s REALLY in some dog foods…well…we became a believer in high quality dog food no matter what the price.

And we are finding out that with a high quality dog food that you don’t need to feed as much because it is so nutrient dense. So actually it doesn’t really cost you more. Did you know that dogs fed a high quality food live almost 5 years longer than dogs fed a low quality food?