Geraldine Smythe of Austin, Texas, took the advice of a job coach when she bought a franchise from Abrakadoodle, a chain of home-based art education centers for children. Franchising helped the Fitness Together founder expand his business from four to six hundred locations across the U.S. and abroad. Franchising is responsible for more than 760,000 of U.S. businesses and one in seven jobs, according to the International Franchise Association.

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