A new book has come out called the MicroFranchising Toolkit. It appears to be a handbook aimed towards those without a business background who nonetheless are interested in systematizing their projects into a franchise. It provides templates for ledger books, rules for branding, etc.
I have not had a chance to go through the book but my first reaction on hearing the concept was-- yes, it's good to have a simple clear-cut guide but don't define everything so much so that practitioners will try to force the model on a situation where it is not well-suited. (The whole square peg in a round hole analogy.) Guide-yes. Helpful-yes. A cookie cutter solution that if you follow you will automatically be successful-no.
I would be interested in reading reviews from anyone in the comments.