Franchising is where you buy into someone else's business model. Some may be suitable for homeworkers.
A well-known example of a general franchise is McDonald's, the fast-food burger company. You buy the premises, a licence to use the company's branding, take responsibility for hiring your staff, and buy your stock from them.
You know the quality and nature of the business. In summary, a franchisor is a supplier who allows you, the franchisee, to use the supplier's trademark and distribute the supplier's goods.
There are lesser-known franchises, with less-known track records, that may cost you much less to "buy in" to, and may be suitable for working from home. To find out, you can attend a trade show such as the The British & International Franchise Exhibitions held in London and Manchester.
But don't take anyone's word for it, especially the franchisor's. Do your own research on the Web. Find out from people who are already franchisee (that are not friends of family of the franchisor!). Find out how longer they have been in business. Find out how much money they are making .Find out how many hours they are working.
- Franchising (on Wikipedia)
- Work at home franchise opportunities (Warning! You must do you own due diligence)