Unless this is your first visit to my blog, you probably know that I really enjoy my direct sales business with chocolate. When I was in between direct sales businesses (yes, I actually worked with a different company for about ten years), I considered a lot of stuff, including franchise options. It sounds great - you get an established name company with an already-researched product that you probably already believe in. In much the same manner as direct sales, you get to dive in and run the business, but a lot of the development stuff is taken care of beforehand.
I usually just randomly searched different companies and information (maybe that's why it never captured my interest more?), but now there's a whole website of information about many businesses with a franchise for sale and the terms easily disclosed.
For right now, I like my small home business, but for an awfully similar concept on a larger scale, it sounds to me like a franchise may be where it's at!