The problem of separating the friends from the enemies was a major one in the conquest of space as many a dead spacer could have testified. A tough job when you could see an alien and judge appearances; far tougher when they were only whispers on the wind.
Revised and Expanded Edition: Buying a franchise may be the road to financial independence but only if you can find a great franchise that is a great 'fit' for you. In the past decade I've spoken with many people who say they no longer want to work for someone else. They're tired of the uncertainty that goes along with corporate jobs and of creating financial rewards for others. These are people who want to be in control of their future. Contrary to the thinking of some, being a successful franchise owner requires a lot more than just plopping down a pile of money and waiting for the profits to roll in. I know many franchise owners; some are extremely successful while others struggle. In most cases the difference between the two groups is not due to the skill or dedication of the owner, but his/her 'fit' with the franchise system. During my years as both an owner and broker of franchised businesses, I'm frequently asked how to find a great 'fitting' franchise. Without realizing it I developed rules that help guide my clients to find that great 'fit.
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