When deciding between a franchise and starting a business completely on your own; support has to be the largest contributing factor. It is why franchising is so popular. You can still be your own boss and run your own business, all while still receiving support and guidance along the way that you simply cannot achieve on your own.
Before Dan Kaplan became the franchisor, he started out just like you - building his Surface Specialists franchise from the ground up. After years of proving himself and topping a million dollars in gross sales; he became the franchisor. He continues to keep his pulse on the industry though co-owning and operating a franchise.