The economy has seen a lot of lay-offs in the last few years, and it’s no doubt that times are hard. If you are unemployed, it may seem like an uphill battle to find companies that are hiring. Have you ever considered that instead of looking for companies that will hire you, you should hire yourself? Self-employment can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have, and there is no better time to do it than when nothing stands in your way.

Self-employment may seem even harder than finding a “real” job, but this isn’t always the case. Franchising is an easier way to start a business because there is so much already done for you. For example, with a start-up business, you have hidden costs, unwanted expenses and surprises at every turn. With franchising, you have franchisers who are willing to help you with every step while you get started because it’s in their best interest for you to succeed! Most franchises will aid with real estate location selection, small business loans, and marketing. If you are careful in choosing your franchise, you will also notice that some of the reputation and brand management is already done for you. For example, if you own a string of candy vending franchises, you don’t need to advertise, since kids already know about and love M&Ms, gumballs, Lemonheads, etc.

When you think about franchises, you probably think of the pizza and burger joints that are on every corner of your town, but there are hundreds of thousands to choose from. Franchises include everything from maid services, to DVD vending machines, to weight loss centers, to massage chairs. With this kind of variety and potential for expansion, it’s no wonder that franchises are growing each year, even in the unstable economy.

There are many franchise industries to choose from and it’s easy to get lost in your search for the one that will fit your investment budget, work schedule and time commitment. Franchise Clique is here to help. They have the most comprehensive list on the web of franchises, and they’re adding new ones every day. You can use the helpful search tool to search by industry or initial investment amount. They will put you in direct contact with franchisers to find out more information to get you on your way to self-employment.