I am planning to open a tanning salon and I am having problems with my business plan, bank loan, and finding reputable vendors. A friend suggested that I consider buying a tanning salon franchise from a company called Image Sun Tanning Salons. I do like thier look, a lot, and all of the franchisees I spoke with said very positive things about the company. They all really liked the President of the company a lot. They went on and on about how far ahead of the industry he was and what a great organization he has built. Well my question is, is it worth the small percentage of royalties that I pay to be part of a franchise? Do any of you own franchise businesses? What are the pros and cons to being part of a franchise network? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.