Opening a franchise is a lot of hurry-up and wait. When I wrote my first column about franchising for Club Industry in this series, I felt like the experience of opening a franchise was like a marathon. And even though at times it seems like everything is happening all at once, it simultaneously feels like nothing is moving forward. It's like trying to lose 20 pounds. You think you are doing everything right, but it takes a few weeks before you really start to see the scale move. So, is this normal? Is this just how the process naturally unfolds?

An article posted on Franchise Direct about the 11 steps to opening a franchise shows a typical path that a new franchise owner might take in opening his or her business. 

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