5 Reasons We're Not Your Average Franchise


Here are five ways our opportunity is one of a kind.

On the heels of Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list release, there are probably a lot of people who’d like to know more about the winning franchise opportunities. We’re pretty biased, but we think our Area Director role is one worth getting to know.

There are many differences between us and the average franchisor – for example, we’re the highest-ranked franchisor on Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures list – but we’ll keep things short and simple. Here are five ways our opportunity is one of a kind.

1. Low-Cost (No Initial Franchise Fee)

In 2018, our initial franchise fee is waived for all Area Director (ADs). While some franchises can cost a pretty penny, we believe business ownership should be off-limits only to those who aren’t willing to put in the work – not those who don’t have a heavy piggy bank. Waiving the franchise fee this year ensures we attract ADs with the right passion and determination. But it doesn’t come without sacrifice – ADs will still need to support themselves during ramp-up, which takes a few months – and our hope is that by waiving the franchise fee, we can provide this opportunity to more salespeople looking for a positive change.

2. Work-From-Home

Work flexibility and success in sales do not usually go hand-in-hand. At N2, this is one of the reasons we exist. When we started, our co-founders were fixed on this idea that professional success shouldn’t be at odds with personal fulfillment. So they crafted an entrepreneurial opportunity where people can set their own schedules and be their own boss. Since our AD role doesn’t require a brick-and-mortar store, or even a rented office space, most ADs save money by working right out of their own homes. And because travel is very minimal, they have more time to spend with family.

3. Training & Support

Our ADs don’t do this all on their own. We have highly acclaimed training programs in place with more than a decade-worth of success stories to vouch for it. With over 900 successful franchises launched, we’ve dialed in our program and know how to coach new franchisees through the ramp-up process. One-on-one mentorship, on-demand learning, weekly coaching calls, and national sales conferences play a big role for our ADs, so if they don’t have a background in sales, that’s okay. All that’s needed is strong motivation and a willingness to stick to the training provided.

4. Culture is King

Culture is a buzzword right now, but we’re about so much more than just saying we promote work-life balance. And we’re thrilled to have had our culture recognized by others too, like Inc. Magazine, Fortune, Entrepreneur, and Glassdoor who have all recognized N2 as one of the best places to work in the nation. But while we’re very honored by these awards, the “why” behind our company culture has never changed: people. N2’s culture, at its core, is about caring for people. We have an entire Culture Deck that explains our mentality and why we are on a mission to craft one of the best company cultures in the world.


Two percent of N2’s revenue goes to fight one of the greatest injustices of our time: human trafficking. We’ve made this financial commitment because we realize we have a responsibility to impact not only our own team members, but the lives of others who need help most. Through our philanthropic arm, N2GIVES, we use our for-profit business to provide financial resources to non-profits who best match our heart and who rescue and restore the lives of human trafficking victims. This year, we were able to give $2.9 million to the cause – one of our proudest accomplishments to date. For those who work with us, they have the great responsibility of knowing their day-to-day work goes far beyond business-as-usual.

Right now, we have 700+ salespeople who collectively run more than 900 neighborhood publications for affluent communities across the nation. And with little more than 300 franchise locations left to be filled, we seek salespeople who are up for the challenge – and up for the many rewards that come with it. Learn more about this franchise opportunity.