Franchises, Business Opportunities, and Investments

For companies selling franchises and business opportunities – and entrepreneurs in the market – the FTC's Franchise Rule and Business Opportunity Rule mandate disclosures and offer buyers certain protections. In addition, the FTC has resources to help people spot business opportunity and investment scams and avoid franchise taboos.

Thinking about buying a franchise? Investigate before you invest. Before you sign on the dotted line, read this guide for advice on evaluating franchise opportunities.

Promoters of fraudulent business opportunities run ads where their targets are likely to see them: in daily and weekly newspapers, in magazines, and on the Internet. Advertising sales staff with a well-trained eye can recognize – and reject – ads promoting bogus promotions.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the Amended Franchise Rule, 16 C.F.R. Part 436

Ads for business opportunities doing medical billing may sound like the perfect work-at-home option, but beware. The reality is that few people who pay for medical billing opportunities make any money.

Thinking about investing in a bizopp? The FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule requires companies to disclose key information before you buy. Follow these tips to avoid a bizopp rip-off.

Do you have questions about multi-level marketing? The FTC staff has guidance to help members of the MLM industry apply core consumer protection principles to their business practices.

This compliance guide helps franchisors comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s amended Franchise Rule.

Thinking about starting your own business or expanding the one you own? When you shop for a loan or line of credit, the law protects you against discrimination. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from denying you a loan based on reasons that have nothing to do with your credit-worthiness.

This article is part of the FTC’s efforts to help small business owners avoid scams. It explains common scams that target small businesses and non-profit organizations, describes scammers’ tactics, and provides steps people can take to protect their company from scams. Copies can be ordered for free at

If you sell business opportunities, including work-at-home bizopps, find out how the FTC’s revised Business Opportunity Rule may apply to you. Avoid a compliance miscue by making required disclosures and steering clear of prohibited practices.

If you’re running a small business with only a few employees, you’ve learned about a lot of things – accounting, marketing, HR, you name it. And you probably depend on technology, even if it’s only a computer and a phone. You can’t afford to get thrown off-track by a hacker or scammer.

Warns potential business owners about scammers that charge large upfront fees to help start internet businesses.