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How Much Do You Know About the Franchise World?


How Much Do You Know About the Franchise World? It takes all kinds – in business and in any aspect of life. There are those who are good at math, those who have incredible people skills. Others who know how to best work on logistics and saving company funds. It's with these combined skill sets...

What are the "Best" Chains in Your Area? And What Makes Them That Way?


What are the "Best" Chains in Your Area? And What Makes Them That Way? No matter where you live, there's a "go-to" brand for virtually every service. Cleaners, eateries, repairmen – if there's a need for it, there's someone who does it best. Some folks might have a different brand than others ...

The History of Franchising and How the Game Has Changed


The History of Franchising and How the Game Has Changed Franchising, as we know it, dates back through centuries of professions. Before there were companies with similar outlooks, before there were brand names or products that were special to each company, there was the idea of spreading one's exper...

How Can You Incorporate Basketball Madness Into Your Franchise Narrowing Process


How Can You Incorporate Basketball Madness Into Your Franchise Narrowing Process? It's getting to be that time of year once again, where basketball pretty much takes over every possible medium. Basketball madness (we’re not using the official term because it’s a trademarked term!) is a m...

Rags to Riches: Why Hardworking Owners are the Most Successful


Rags to Riches: Why Hardworking Owners are the Most Successful Everyone loves a classic Annie story. Where someone less than fortunate goes through a character-building experience and ends up in a far better situation. Happy and with a warm place to sleep … usually by the end of the movie. Bu...

8 Reasons to Branch into a New Type of Franchise


8 Reasons to Branch into a New Type of Franchise Everyone's heard of McDonald's. They've likely eaten there several times throughout their life. They're such a household name that people across the country, and across the world, know exactly who they are, and what type of foods they offer. They also...

What constitutes as "success"?


At different stages in our lives, we have future goals about our careers. Little kids want to have a certain job when they grow up. High school students pick out their college of choice. Others choose a trade school or opt for a career right after graduation.  Once reaching that finish line, s...

Financial Considerations When Financing Business


Financial Considerations When Financing Business Money makes the world go round. It also makes business go round … and then some. Without the proper amount of funds, businesses can't be set up in the first place, let alone ran, or managed to the point of being successful. (And therefore makin...

6 Traits That Make a Great Entrepreneur


6 Traits That Make a Great Entrepreneur So… you think you've got what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Or, maybe you're scared that you don't. Either way, it's worth looking at the career as a whole and pairing it against your own skills. It's a step that can determine if you do have the neces...

Tips for Networking with Small Business Owners in Your Area


Tips for Networking with Small Business Owners in Your Area It is a great idea to talk to existing small business owners in your area about their experiences owning and running a company. They’ve ran the ropes long before you came along (even in the planning stages), and they know what it&rsqu...

Is it Time to Franchise with a 2nd Brand?


Is it Time to Franchise with a 2nd Brand? You’ve done it. Congratulations. You ventured out into business ownership, you started a company, and you’ve been very successful at it. So what’s next? Hone your brand and continue to expand? Maybe start up a second (or third or fourt...

Franchising Stereotypes Debunked


Franchising Stereotypes Debunked Chances are, when considering a franchise, you've heard a rumor or two about the entire process. Maybe it was about contracts, signing on with specific brands, advice on what you should and shouldn't do, or any other aspect of conducting business. You might have hear...

What is Your Top Professional Goal?


What is Your Top Professional Goal? Throughout your lifetime, you're often asked about goals – both personal and professional. Whether lofty or quite realistic, we're asked where we would like to be in five years, in ten, and so on. Then it's up to us to put smaller steps into place in order t...

Questions to Ask Yourself About Franchising


Questions to Ask Yourself About Franchising When getting into any career, it's important to get a feel your surroundings. Before jumping in, you want to know what you're getting yourself into, what might arise, and virtually any type of scenario that might take place. It's simply a step for good bus...

7 Underrated Benefits to Being Your Own Boss


7 Underrated Benefits to Being Your Own Boss Almost anyone who has ever worked a part-time job has wished they were their own boss. At some point or another. Each time they were asked to sweep the floor or mop up a customer accident, they wanted for someone else to handle the dirty work. Instead of ...

8 Tips for Starting a Franchise in the Winter


8 Tips for Starting a Franchise in the Winter Though business may speed up as the weather cools, it's often seen as a slow time of year for starting new business. Real estate essentially comes to a standstill. New locations wait until spring to open, and any forward progress on up and coming ideas m...

Free Business Tools to Take Advantage of From Your Franchising Brand


Free Business Tools to Take Advantage of From Your Franchising Brand There's a reason that people that franchise. They want to branch out with businesses that work. To start up new locations of peoples' favorite things. A name (and logo) that customers recognize, along with a successful plan, then l...

8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Business Model


8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Business Model Franchising is very much a customizable process. Though each location comes with its own brand, its own name, and its own set up (along with a few others), how day-to-day operations are ran – all are absolutely up to you. That is, afte...

7 Franchise Mascots That Are More Famous Than Their Brands


7 Franchise Mascots That Are More Famous Than Their Brands Mascots are a great way to promote franchise businesses. They're a marketing tactic that keeps a brand instantly recognizable, while appealing to a larger audience all in one fluid swoop. For instance, enticing hungry kids with Ronald McDona...

Imperative Franchising Skills


Imperative Franchising Skills One of the biggest reasons people abstain from buying their own business is skill level. They say they “don't know how” to run a business. Or that they “don't know what they're doing.” A lack of confidence that is often misplaced. Because, more o...

9 Little Promoted Perks of Franchising


9 Little Promoted Perks of Franchising In the world of franchising, there are several well-known perks. Very real ideals that entice many into opening up their own business. They're also the same positive factors that everyone knows about. Ones that are frequently written over, celebrated in the new...

8 Unique Franchise Ideas Worth Looking Into


­­Up-and-Coming Franchise Ideas Worth Looking Into. At some point in their life, virtually everyone has thought they had a million-dollar idea. An invention or unique service that the world had always been looking for – but maybe didn't know they needed. In actuality, however, very few of thos...

Ongoing Education: 5 Tips for Learning the Franchise Business.


Ongoing Education: 5 Tips for Learning the Franchise Business. Graduation is not a final state. It might mean we're done with a certain level of education or have met specific goals, but the learning itself is always ongoing. No matter how many times we wear flat black hats and shake hands to pomp ...

Tips from seasoned franchise owners.


Tips from seasoned franchise owners. Experience is something that can only be gained with time. By the very definition of the word, it's not a trait that can be fudged or sped along. The longer you do something, the better you become at doing it. That's a statement that doesn't bring shock or value,...

Why Franchising From Home Works


Why Franchising From Home Works The idea of working from home can sound like a dream situation. Where you can roll out of bed and into the office, without so much as tying your robe. Some, however, consider it more of a nightmare, and prefer the routine of getting up (and dressed) and heading into w...

Franchisee Success Story: Meg of Dickey’s Barbeque


Franchisee Success Story: Meg of Dickey’s Barbeque Meg Heintzelman knows good barbeque when she sees it. Or rather, when she smells it. And as the owner of a Dickey’s Barbeque restaurant and developer for the state of Pennsylvania, it’s a fact she has yet to forget. “You ca...

Survey Says: People Are More Likely to Avoid Companies Who…


Survey Says: People Are More Likely to Avoid Companies Who… In an ideal business scenario, everything would as planned. A product is received or service rendered in a timely fashion … without any hiccups. Everyone is friendly, follows through as they should, and there are no last-minut...

10 Ways to Perform Market Research Online… for Free


10 Ways to Perform Market Research Online … for Free So you're thinking of starting a franchise. Great – amazing – awesome job, and an entire slew of well wishes. Branching out into one's own business is one of the best, most important decisions we ever make. It can change the tra...

When is the Best Time to Buy a Business?


When is the Best Time to Buy a Business? If we’ve learned anything from used car salesmen over the years, it’s that there’s always a “right” time to buy. A right time to buy from the seller, and an even more right time for them to profit. Really, the seller is almost ...

How Franchises are Innovating by Going Green


How Franchises are Innovating by Going Green When business is constantly competitive (and it generally is), corporate and marketers alike look for ways to get ahead. That often means getting into trends and gimmicks – whether or not they're relevant to the company. Those who can successfully b...

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