Buying a franchise can be a lot like starting your own business. You will likely have construction or, at least, remodeling costs. However, unlike starting your own business, you are not on your own. You will have a parent company to instruct you through the start-up process, and later to guide you in your operating procedures. But ask yourself: are you willing to take direction and to follow procedures you did not create? Oftentimes, entrepreneurs are entrepreneurs because they want to be independent and will resent not being in total control.