As a business leader, your ability to clear the clutter from your desk and your mind is a critical skill. It helps you be more focused and make the best possible decisions. Whether you’re selecting the right opportunity from millions of franchise options, navigating a business deal that could put a sizable piece of your net worth at risk or hoping to become a player in a game where some people don’t have your best interests in mind—it’s a serious business.

Too often, our fears, lack of self-confidence, trusting nature and naiveté allow prospective franchisees to simply be swept along in a process they don’t fully understand. Armed with the first draft of your personal story, the beginnings of your people plan and a firm perspective on what franchising is and is not, it’s now time to begin the process of finding the franchise that’s right for you.