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WELCOME Serving Central Texas, West Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley including McAllen, Mission, Harlingen, Brownsville and Laredo. There are thousands of franchises for sale in Austin, Texas and we …



Serving Central Texas, West Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley including McAllen, Mission, Harlingen, Brownsville and Laredo.

There are thousands of franchises for sale in Austin, Texas and we help you find the right one for you at no charge! There are various different franchise opportunities and business opportunities in Texas that I can help you with. If you want to open a franchise business, have unrestricted earning potential, and benefit from an established brand that customers already know and trust, I would be happy to help you make it a reality. Call, email or message me today to begin the process of starting your own franchise in Austin, TX.

I am here to help you understand small business, how to buy a franchise and how to evaluate a franchise for sale. I will help you think through what you want the business to do for you by matching your individual goals, skills, and financial qualifications with carefully screened franchise opportunities. I can help you get the franchise business information you need and find the right franchise opportunity for you -- and my services with FranNet are free. Contact me today to get started!

If you are looking to own a business in San Antonio, Austin or anywhere in Central Texas, investing in a franchise business is a great way to hit the ground running for just about any industry. There are plenty of competitive advantages to being part of a professional business franchise organization, like being part of a network of like-minded business professionals who want to help you succeed.

Feel free to contact me anytime to learn more about exciting Austin franchise opportunities. Profitable franchise business ownership is closer than you might think. 


Having achieved her dreams through franchise ownership, Merri Cronk consults with dozens of entrepreneurs each year. Merri is the principal of FranNet in Central Texas, West Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. She is a recognized speaker, conducting over 50 seminars and webinars per year on franchise ownership. Many of these seminars and webinars have been conducted in cooperation with the Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Centers, and SCORE.

Merri and her husband currently own several businesses including several franchise locations. Having bought and sold many businesses, Merri easily relates to her clients evaluating making the transition from salaried employee to entrepreneur as well as those looking to their next business venture. Merri is based in central Texas, serving: Austin, San Antonio, Waco, McAllen, Harlingen, Brownsville, El Paso, Odessa/Midland and surrounding areas. Merri is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She has been honored with several FranNet awards for her dedication in helping aspiring franchise entrepreneurs over the years:


  • FranNet's Rising Star Award in 2003
  • Consultant of the Year Award in 2005,2014
  • Top Performer Award in 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • FranNet's Commitment to Excellence Award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • FranNet's Enterprise Office Award in 2011, 2012, and 2013


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When is the Right Time to Invest in a Franchise

When Should You Invest in a Franchise?  If you’ve been thinking about franchise ownership but are holding back, you may want to rethink your decision to wait. The reality is that many franchise owners wish they would have gotten serious about it sooner.  One example is Steve Johnson, an owner of several College Nannies, Sitters […]

January 22, 2020

Think You Can’t Afford to Buy a Franchise? Think Again

Dreaming of becoming a business owner but feel you don’t have enough money? If so, there is a surprising solution that could solve your problem – using your retirement funds – better known as 401(k) business financing or Rollover as Business Start-Ups (ROBS). Before you get nervous about depleting your retirement fund, read on. ROBS […]

May 26, 2019

Franchise Training Programs Speed Up Profits

One of the greatest advantages of investing in a franchise instead of starting a business from scratch is that franchisors provide training to help owners launch and run the business successfully.  When starting a business from scratch, you are by yourself and left to either figure out what works or find someone with the expertise […]

January 23, 2019

Why You Should Start a Franchise While Still Employed

Not quite ready to leave your job but still want to invest in your future? Franchise ownership can make that happen. Whether you’re happily employed, tired of the corporate rat race or stuck in a dead-end job, running a franchise part-time while you’re still employed is possible and can be a smart way to achieve […]

November 20, 2018

3 Reasons Franchise Ownership is One of the Best Investments

When people think about the best investments for the long-term, they often think about buying stock, putting money in a 401K or becoming a real estate mogul. While these investments are all good ideas to prepare for retirement, there is another smart way to invest that many people miss – franchise ownership. Here are three […]

October 3, 2018

3 Reasons Franchise Ownership is a Better Deal

When people think about owning their own small business, they tend to picture building it from the ground up: starting in their home office with just a desk and a dream, and slowly expanding and making a name for themselves over time. While this can be very rewarding if you’re successful, there’s another way to […]

August 22, 2018

How to Buy a Franchise

Thinking about buying a franchise but not sure where to start? The first step is to gain an understanding of how the process works. To get started, read the 10 steps outlined in the article. If you prefer personalized assistance to walk through the entire process in depth, we have franchise consultants throughout Southwest Texas […]

June 19, 2018

How to Differentiate a Good Franchise Consultant From the Rest

When we meet people and tell them about what we do, it is not uncommon for them to tell us that they have never heard of a franchise consultant service like ours before. They sometimes ask why someone would want our help. If they have heard about our unique niche in franchising, it may be […]

May 22, 2018

5 “Must Have” Skills to be a Successful Franchise Owner

If you’re thinking about investing in a franchise, the first step is assessing whether or not you would be a successful franchise owner. Many people are excited about the idea of franchise ownership and eager to find the most successful franchise but there many things that must be considered prior to making that decision. According […]

March 24, 2018

FranNet Consultant Merri Cronk Helps Retired Pilot Find a Second Career

Franchise Consultant Merri Cronk was excited to recently help a retired Air Force pilot find a second career with the franchise, Lawn Doctor.  Rich and his wife Patsy had looked into a fast food restaurant but when that fell through, the couple contacted Merri, who showed them four quality franchises that would achieved their personal […]

February 17, 2018

Finding the Best Franchise: Are You Missing the Gold?

“I wouldn’t want to own a cleaning service,” said one potential franchise owner. “That’s a dirty job.” This is one example of a comment franchise consultants at FranNet hear about business such as cleaning, trash and home repair services. But the reality is that there are many seemingly unappealing and unknown franchises available that are […]

January 18, 2018

How to Identify the Most Profitable Franchises in Austin, Texas

If you’re looking for the most profitable franchises in Austin, you’ve landed on the right page to learn more. While you can do research to find a list of franchises available, finding out how profitable they are is a different story. There is a limited amount of information franchises can release legally. Plus, many variables […]

December 21, 2017

How to Fund a Franchise Purchase

If you’ve decided that you want to buy a franchise, one of the first questions you may ask is how to fund it. Ideally, you have enough cash saved up for the total investment outright but in many cases, additional funding is needed. When seeking a franchise to buy and how to fund it, the […]

December 4, 2017

Increase Your Chances of Success with a FREE Franchise Consultant

If you’re interested in learning about investing in a franchise or ready to buy one, a quality franchise consultant can help assess your readiness, provide advice and help you find the franchise that best meets your goals. In simple terms – a franchise consultant is a good deal!  In this day and age, everyone wants […]

October 20, 2017

How to Choose the Best Franchise

With so many franchises for sale in today’s market, many investors are left wondering how to choose the best franchise. The first step is to clarify what you mean by the “best” franchise. For some, “best” means profitable. That’s important but if the franchise isn’t ethical, then the so called “profitabity” means nothing. So in […]

September 30, 2017

Passion for the Industry: Is it necessary to buy a franchise?

“I never dreamed of being the owner of a cleaning business,” said one franchisee applicant. “I don’t wake in the morning feeling passionate about the oil change industry,” said another potential franchise owner. These quotes are paraphrased examples of what we at FranNet consulting services hear regularly from those looking to buy a franchise. So […]

August 15, 2017

How Much Money Can You Make By Buying a Franchise?

If you’re thinking about buying a franchise, one of the first questions on your mind is most likely how much profit you can make. While a Franchise Business Review study revealed that the average franchisee earns a profit of $66,000 annually, that number varies greatly (from $50,000 to $500,000) and many factors impact those numbers. […]

June 27, 2017


Looking to speak with Merri Cronk directly? Call 512-456-9213 or email directly.

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