It is generally agreed by most small business experts and lenders that starting a franchise business is safer than starting an independent business. However franchise businesses do fail, and some fail quite regularly. And there are some general franchise categories that do historically appear have lower failure rates than others. Its been my experience that service related franchises for example have a lower failure rate than fast food franchises. If you want to do more research you can view a list here of some popular franchises that have some of the relatively lowest failure rates according to SBA franchise loan default statistics.