Yes, even our friends in the Great White North are feeling economic pain. Interest in self-employment, namely buying a franchise, is on the radar of more and more Canadians…However, the opportunistic types live there too.
From The Gazette;
People who have lost their jobs are "vulnerable," and should be
careful, warns Ned Levitt, a franchise lawyer at Gowlings in Toronto.
In times like this, "franchising lends itself to con artists and
flim-flammers" who will "take advantage of naive individuals."
This well-balanced article gives some nice pros and cons about becoming a franchise owner.
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