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Leslie Kuban

Market President, Franchise Consultant

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Serving Atlanta, Georgia,

What is a FranNet Franchise Consultant?

A FranNet consultant is your one-stop-shop for all franchise information and services. Our job is to ensure you find the right business that maximizes your odds of success and happiness and allows you to meet your lifestyle, career, and financial goals.

How do we help?

We help you by providing assorted research and information that will help you investigate different franchises to start your own business. We can introduce you to many different franchisors, so rather than having to go from place to place to learn about specific businesses, you can learn the basics about several options all in one spot! This saves you time and money.

FranNet Consultants help save you time and money in several ways: by educating you about franchising, by helping you research your business, by identifying the right structure and strategic mix of the businesses you are interested in, and by introducing you to the franchisors that fit your model.

We'll encourage you to thoroughly research any franchise that you are investigating, and we'll even help you find franchise attorneys and other advisors so you can gain more information before you buy. We believe that the more you know, the better the odds are that the choice you make will be a good one. As a result, we stress that you spend the necessary time to research before you buy. Once you've bought the business, it's too late to change your mind.

How much do we cost?

FranNet Consulting Services are 100% Free For Our Clients. Like a real estate agent, we make our commission only if and when a deal closes and are paid by the seller, not you, the buyer.

How can we work together?

  1. Take Our Entrepreneur Readiness Profile
    • Create your free Readiness Profile to evaluate the best business ownership options for you. First, you will complete a personality analysis and an investment range determination. From there, our algorithm can help determine what franchise options in your local market may be best able to meet your goals.
  2. We Will Review Your Readiness Profile
    • Once you have your Entrepreneur Readiness Profile results, you may request a free, no-obligation review session with your local franchise consultant. During this meeting, you can gain more insight into what franchise opportunities may be best for your goals.
  3. We'll Discuss Your Franchise Options
    • After the review of your Readiness Profile, we work with you to determine what local franchise options may be worth exploring. Your local consultant will present you with a number of options and depending on which ones you are interested in, your consultant will make an introduction.
  4. Introduction To Your Ideal Franchise Brands
    • We will help facilitate those introductions and coach you on the due diligence process. We will also provide guidance on which questions to ask, the Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs), and the tools you can use to rank the franchise opportunities for yourself.
  5. Introduction to Existing Franchisees of the Brands You Like
    • Once you've learned more about each franchise opportunity that you are interested in, you will be able to speak with active franchisees in their respective organizations to validate the business, support, and overall success of each opportunity.
  6. Attend a Discovery Day
    • Before making a formal commitment to a franchise opportunity, you will attend a Discovery Day, usually on-site at the corporate headquarters of the specific franchise you're interested in (In the wake of COVID-19, many franchisors are offering virtual Discovery Days). This Discovery Day is a great opportunity for you to meet the top management team, see their operational facility, and learn more about the day-to-day life of owning a business under their brand.
  7. Making a Final Decision with FranNet By Your Side
    • Once you return from a Discovery Day, you'll be in a position to decide if that specific franchise is the right fit for you. If it is, we'll provide the necessary referrals to franchise attorneys, accountants, and funding partners to help complete your franchise due diligence. From there, it is your choice to sign the final franchise agreement and become a franchisee.

How do you determine if business ownership through franchising is right for you? With 4000+ franchise opportunities in the market today, how do you choose? I consult with corporate professionals, investors, and aspiring entrepreneurs to answer these questions.

Work feels quite different when your talent and time is invested in a business that’s your own. As a successful multi-brand franchise owner myself, I am uniquely qualified to guide you through the franchise buying process. I’ll teach you how to choose the best franchise brands in proven, growing industries.

There are many reasons successful people own franchise businesses:

  • Hedging against employment insecurity
  • Diversifying income sources to create more wealth
  • Creating an exit strategy to leave an unsatisfying job
  • Fulfilling leadership potential and personal growth
  • Transitioning from a corporate career to a retirement career
  • Helping family members succeed
  • Community contribution

After a rewarding chapter with Mail Boxes Etc. (now The UPS Store), my father and I launched our franchise consulting business in 1999; we’re well-versed in growing a family business during strong economic times and in recessions. We’ve proudly helped over 500 individuals and families choose the best franchise brand for their needs and goals.

Are you willing to take the first step to explore being in business for yourself and in charge of your future?


Vanderbilt University - BA, Communications


2020 FranNet Top Performing Consultant Award
2020 FranNet #2 Enterprise Office Award
2019 FranNet Top Performance Award
2019 FranNet Core Values Award
2018 Top 5 Enterprise Office
2018 Best Communications Awarded by FranNet Franchisor Partners
2017 FranNet Top Enterprise Office Award
2017 FranNet Top Consultant Award
2016 FranNet Top 5 Enterprise Office Award
2016 FranNet Commitment to Excellence Award
2011 FranNet Top 3 Enterprise Office Award
2011 FranNet Commitment to Excellence Award
2010 FranNet Top 3 Enterprise Office Award
2010 FranNet Commitment to Excellence Award
2009 FranNet Top 3 Enterprise Office Award
2008 FranNet Top 3 Enterprise Office Award
2007 FranNet Consultant of the Year
2007 FranNet Top 3 Enterprise Office Award
2004 FranNet Consultant of the Year
2002 FranNet Consultant of the Year
2001 FranNet Rising Star Award


Leslie became an Amazon bestselling business author as one of 15 franchise industry thought leaders contributing to More Than Just French Fries, a collaborative work on successful business ownership through franchising. Leslie is featured in Chapter 9: 'Family Ties' where she discusses multi-generational franchise ownership.

Franchising Basics

What you Need to Know to Consider a Franchise

This workshop is for you if you find yourself asking:
  • Would I be happy being in business for myself?
  • Is now the time for me to make a career change?
  • Can I keep my job and open a business? How?
  • What are my viable options?
  • How do I minimize my risk and optimize my chances for success?
  • What is the realistic cost and time commitment?
During this workshop, you’ll learn:
  • Top franchise industries and choices poised for growth.
  • The real costs and financing options.
  • Who is and is not a good candidate for franchise ownership.
  • Building equity in a business for retirement income.
  • Choices for absentee/investor ownership.
  • How to assess risk to make a safe and wise decision.
Cobb Chamber of Commerce (New Location)
1100 Circle 75 Parkway, 10th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30339

Franchise Essentials: What you need to know to consider franchise ownership (SCORE ONLINE WORKSHOP)

This workshop is for you if you find yourself asking: -Is now the time to consider a franchise? -Can I keep my job and open a business? How? -What are my viable options? -What is the realistic cost and time commitment? -How can owning a franchise help mitigate risk in business ownership? -How do I minimize my risk and optimize my chances for success? During this workshop, you’ll learn: -Top franchise industries and choices poised for growth. -The real costs and financing options. -Who is and is not a good candidate for franchise ownership? -Building equity in a business for retirement income. -Choices for absentee/investor ownership. -How to assess risk to make a safe and wise decision.

How Long Does Opening a Franchise Actually Take?

Buying a franchise can be a great way to open a business without starting from scratch. If you’re exploring franchise opportunities, one of the questions you probably have is about timing. While franchising can streamline the process, opening a franchise business still takes some time, plus a good deal of work. Let’s walk through the […]

January 18, 2022

Holiday Horror Story in My First Franchise

Updated from original publish date of December 3rd, 2015. The world has changed in many ways since this article was originally published in 2015. Still, this story remains one of my favorites, not only during the holidays, but in the franchise consulting role that’s been my passion since I owned my first business. The holiday season […]

December 28, 2020

Service at the Center of this Veteran Owned Franchise

Ron Wilder’s journey from the Army National Guard to CPA to franchise owner has always been about helping people. His desire to serve others was a strong driver in choosing his 1-800 Water Damage franchise. Ron is the owner of 1-800 Water Damage of North Fulton, a property damage restoration company in Georgia. In this […]

November 12, 2020

Thriving through Covid: Ryan Kinsley – Monster Tree Service Owner

  Ryan Kinsley and his wife, Michelle, always envisioned owning a business of their own. The journey to get there took them to a new city (Athens, GA) where they bought a house, welcomed their first child, and—with a little bit of help from FranNet—became owners of a Monster Tree Service franchise. And here’s the […]

November 3, 2020

65 and Trying NOT to Retire

  By the time most folks reach their late 50s, they’ve begun to shift their thinking towards the next chapter. In the book, Halftime, Bob Buford described this as “a time of revitalization and for catching a new vision for living the second half, the half where life can be lived at its most rewarding.” For […]

October 16, 2020

5 Businesses to Start Now

  The unwavering negative news about COVID-19, the economy, political unrest can make it hard to imagine there is any good news out there. Particularly for small businesses.  But there is….  Aspiring business owners engaged in franchise opportunity research right now have the unique benefit of learning how current franchise owners are faring this unprecedented […]

August 8, 2020

June Franchise Buyers See Economic Advantages

Here at FranNet, it’s exciting to see the swell of first-time franchise owners taking opportunity by the reins. The following list showcases the diverse spread of industries where our clients (many in career transition) are choosing strong franchise brands and saying “Yes!” to owning their own business in June 2020. Coming from equally diverse career backgrounds, our […]

July 14, 2020

Is a Pandemic the Right Time to Start a Business?

It just might be, says the NY Times. We’re seeing a common thread among those who achieved their goal to own their own business in the spring of 2020. It’s the realization that in times of uncertainty, there’s no better place to invest than in yourself. Here are a few FranNet clients (many in career […]

July 1, 2020

Look Who’s Saying “YES” to Franchising Now

Look Who’s Saying “YES” to Franchising Now – April 2020 You may be wondering, who would commit to starting a business in the midst of a pandemic and economic volatility? These FranNet clients (many in career transition) are looking beyond the current state of uncertainty and have said “YES” to franchise ownership in April 2020: Leadership Coaching – […]

May 14, 2020

2019 Franchise Buyers Review

2019 Franchise Buyers Review   Earlier this year, I wrote about the growing diversity in today’s franchise buyers. It’s fascinating and wonderful to work with such varied stages of life, needs, goals and interests all finding their “right fit” in franchising. There’s Millennials to later career Boomers. Multi-generational teams and semi-passive investor/owners continue to surge. […]

December 23, 2019

10 Industries You Probably Never Think of as Franchises

When you hear the word “franchise,” what image pops up? Most likely, it’s a fast-food chain; and, even more likely, it’s your favorite fast food. Is it time for lunch yet?   If you’ve dismissed franchise ownership because you don’t want to flip burgers or make sandwiches, you’re missing out on a vast world of opportunities. […]

August 15, 2019

Family Ties

As published in the Amazon bestseller, More Than Just French Fries: 15 Business Thought Leaders Share Insights on Franchising Success. My business story started when I was five. My father worked in corporate sales and marketing at the time. When he arrived home one day, I had set up shop with my toys on my […]

August 7, 2019

New Dad, New Town, and New Franchise in Four Months

Michelle and Ryan Kinsley are a dynamic young couple who always envisioned themselves as business owners. They were focused on finding a business that would be right for their newly growing family but overwhelmed with so many options. With Ryan’s background as a government analyst, he knew how to do the research, but decided he […]

June 11, 2019

I Want Change…So Long As There’s No Change

I work daily with people yearning for a fresh change in their career path and their means to earning a living. They’re looking to start a business or buy a franchise opportunity as an avenue to greater fulfillment in their work, control over their growth and to achieve financial goals. Great, let’s get started! The […]

May 11, 2019

Millennial Moms in Franchising

Millennials may be the most debated generation in history. Statistics are readily available as experts try to predict their needs, goals, motivations and choices. While we’re busy letting our opinions about them fly, millennials are getting busy – transforming norms, altering buying habits, starting families, and growing successful businesses.  According to Pew Research those born […]

May 8, 2019

Who’s Buying Franchise Businesses Today?

Take a minute and think about the typical franchise owner. Chances are, you’re imaging a middle-aged corporate professional looking for a change and wanting to be their own boss. Many successful and satisfied franchise owners do fit this mold, but the fact is the profile for franchise ownership is expanding, and fast.  A diverse group […]

March 6, 2019

Top 5 Reasons Business Owners Sell

There’s a common misconception that a business for sale must be having problems. After all, if a business was successful and thriving, why wouldn’t the owner continue to milk income from it? In reality, there are plenty of perfectly valid reasons an owner would choose to sell a well-run, profitable business. Here are the five […]

November 1, 2018

Success as Your Own Boss Comes Down to Self-Belief

Jeff Haden, contributing editor to Inc., delivers an important message to entrepreneurial hopefuls in “14 Great Reasons to Start Your Own Business Today.” This article knocks down like dominos the typical excuses and rationalizations that hold people back from achieving their entrepreneurial potential.  In my work, I hear F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real) all the […]

August 3, 2018