Looking for a way to exit Corporate America in the next 2-3 years? Starting a business through a franchise is often the shortest path to profitability and a few franchises offer a “semi-absentee manage-the-manager” model where franchisees run the franchise while they work in a M-F job. Once the business is profitable enough, some of them leave their day job to grow their business while others acquire several absentee franchises and build a business investment portfolio. Find out how it’s done and what you need to know if you live in the DC metro area or Central or Southeastern Virginia.