CNBC as part of it’s Behind the Counter: The Untold Story of Franchising has a slide show that lists the Top Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Franchise.

Watch the slide show: Top Dos and Don’ts of Buying a Franchise

Slide 6 is an interesting one: 

Independent Franchisee Organizations

DO look for franchises that have independent franchisee organizations. Go to a meeting, get to know them. An independent franchisee organization is a place for franchisees to turn for help and information if they ever have issues with the franchisor.