1. Give yourself a personality test.
There’s a reason military veterans tend to be successful franchisees, says Brown. They’re used to following the rules and operating within a highly regulated system. If you’re the creative type who likes to cook without recipes, paint walls wild colors and experiment with mood lighting, you’re probably not cut out to be a franchisee, says Kelly. “You have to know that you’re going to be an implementer, not a creator,” he says.