The franchise industry is expected to continue its expansion this year as unemployed and under-employed workers look for opportunities, according to IFA. Before getting involved with a franchise, it's important to research it and make sure you understand the risks, according to Nick Smith, who has been involved with the Moe's Southwest Grill and Jersey Mike's Subs franchises. It's also a good idea to reach out to the franchise community, according to Brian Sacco, who opened a ShelfGenie location with his wife.

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