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The Merits of Doing Thorough Research Before Purchasing a New Business or Franch


The Merits of Doing Thorough Research Before Purchasing a New Business or Franchise In the US legal system, there's a process known as due diligence. It's used to describe the process in which someone takes to research something they are buying or selling. It's the information they find out, as well...

Who's Your Business Hero? (And How to Become Them)


Who's Your Business Hero? (And How to Become Them) Everyone is a hero to someone. There are, of course, those who are well-known and admired by the masses. But there are also heroes who impact a small audience, likely those within a niche, or even a family member who made a big impact on another's l...

Do you Have a Work Wardrobe? (And Why You Should)


Do you Have a Work Wardrobe? (And Why You Should) Think back to your grade school days, when mom picked out an outfit and set it out for you to wear. Early the night before school, you knew exactly what you'd be wearing the next day. You might not have had much of a choice in the matter, but it was ...

Franchises are Innovating by Going Green


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 bridg...

9 Times to Take the Professional High Road


9 Times to Take the Professional High Road Holding your head up even when others don't – this is a lesson we are often taught. And one that's impossibly hard to follow. When something unpleasant strikes, it's just so satisfying to get petty. To immediately give a situation what it "deserves". ...

What Can You Learn From Successful Franchise Bosses?


What Can You Learn From Successful Franchise Bosses? Whether you're watching them on TV or seeing their professional creations in real life, there are numerous positive examples of what franchisees have been able to do. There are those that have brought businesses from the ground up, those who took ...

How and Why Women are Making a Splash in Franchising


How and Why Women are Making a Splash in Franchising They're here and they want you to know about it. That might be true of anyone opening a new business, but it's also true that there's been a growing trend of women business owners – many of whom are making their way into the franchising worl...

Will IRS Changes Affect Your New Franchise?


Will IRS Changes Affect Your New Franchise? The government and your business; taxes, legal changes, and more – it's adjustments that business owners are hoping for and simultaneously dreading almost every year. Because so much can change (and so quickly), they're on the lookout to see how they...

7 Prep Skills You Can Learn Before Opening Your Business


7 Prep Skills You Can Learn Before Opening Your Business As you're on the cusp of opening your own business, there are likely many prep steps on your to-do list. You'll need to ready your location and complete legwork, of course. But what about learning new skills (some that are seemingly last-minut...

Is There a "Best" Time of Year to Open Your Franchise?


Is There a "Best" Time of Year to Open Your Franchise? It's time to open your franchise … or maybe, it's almost time. For now, you're waiting for the just-right building, for finances to fall into place, for free time to magically appear – all of these and more are common when opening a...

Can You Get More Done in Fewer Hours? A Lesson in Productivity


Can You Get More Done in Fewer Hours? A Lesson in Productivity There's been a recent craze hitting the workforce, one that promotes fewer hours … but without reducing one's workload. It's a way to work more efficiently and to get more done, without sitting behind your desk (or wherever it is ...

Industry Predictions for 2017


Industry Predictions for 2017 The franchise market is vast, and it can quickly adapt and change over time. From the products sold to the way buildings are designed, down to the actual business models themselves, it's an industry that's constantly evolving. Without constant improvement, businesses wo...

8 "Non-Essential" Franchises That Are Growing Strong


8 "Non-Essential" Franchises That Are Growing Strong When looking into starting a business of any kind, there are essentially two types of categories. Types of companies that are needed – on whatever type of basis, for instance, vehicle maintenance brands, grocery stores, gas stations, etc. (I...

5 Benefits to Franchising in a Rural Location Off the beaten path vs. mainstream


5 Benefits to Franchising in a Rural Location Off the beaten path vs. mainstream, it's a consideration that many potential franchisees completely overlook. Rather than deciding on a town for what it has to offer, they opt to start a business near where they live. With an easy commute and minimal adj...

When is the Best Time to Tell Loved Ones You're Starting a Business?


When is the Best Time to Tell Loved Ones You're Starting a Business? You're thinking about starting your own business – that's great! Maybe you've even taken a few steps toward that direction already, setting up financing or looking into a location – even better with progress in tow. But...

These 8 Charts Will Help You Compare Fast Food Calories


The start of a New Year is a natural time to start thinking about and planning for the year ahead. One of the most common things that tends to come up in those plans are resolutions involving healthier eating and living. In the spirit of resolutions, our team is turning over a new leaf towards healt...

Comfort as a Business: Franchises That are Cashing In on Being Cozy


Comfort as a Business: Franchises That are Cashing In on Being Cozy In terms of comfort, there can be all definitions of the term. There are types of being comfortable that apply only to what we wear or our surroundings: think sweatpants, in a recliner, while drinking a hot cocoa and snuggling under...

The Importance of Continuing Education as a Franchise Owner


The Importance of Continuing Education as a Franchise Owner Continuing education. Night classes. Online credits. Test hours. Learning conferences – do any of these sound familiar? If you've considered upping your professional ed game as a franchisee, chances are you've heard one or all of thes...

Do Customers Prefer a Personable or Tech-Filled Experience?


Do Customers Prefer a Personable or Tech-Filled Experience? Consider your last tech-ridden experience at a place of business. Where electronics ran the show, and you were squarely in the passenger seat, along with any employees who may or may not have been present. How did the experience make you fe...

9 Ways to Relax During Your Franchise Opening


9 Ways to Relax During Your Franchise Opening There's no denying that opening a new business can come with its own stressors. Whether it's your first time in the game, or you've been opening business locations for years, it's safe to say that with everything to be done, you will be under more pressu...

8 Common New Years Resolutions to Use in Your Upcoming Franchise 


8 Common New Years Resolutions to Use in Your Upcoming Franchise  With the start of the New Year comes plenty of resolutions and/or goals that will go into place. Including those that are unique to a personality or particular situation, as well as those that are seemingly universal. There are a...

7 Ways to Drum Up Positive Business Reviews… Before You Even Open


7 Ways to Drum Up Positive Business Reviews… Before You Even Open There's a common excuse we all use when wanting to avoid a task – we'll say the status quo is "too soon." In order to get out of a dreaded chore or to buy ourselves more time, we claim that common sense won't allow us to ...

8 Times Franchisees Revolutionized Industries as We Know Them


8 Times Franchisees Revolutionized Industries as We Know Them  Can you think of a time before you could get a milkshake in seconds flat? What about way back when kids had to jump on dangerous trampolines? (The kind with no net.) Or how about when it was the daily norm to turn channels from the ...

8 Old Wives' Tales That Can Help with Big Life Decisions


8 Old Wives' Tales That Can Help with Big Life Decisions Whether or not you believe in them, there's no denying that there is plenty of mental power behind the old wives' tale. Ideas and tradition that show us a new way of doing things – or rather, a very old way – in order to find bette...

7 Tips to Networking With Anyone


7 Tips to Networking With Anyone Making a connection with someone brings on a strong sense of pride. A feeling that, you not only had something in common with another human being but one of being understood. You were able to have a positive exchange. And what makes these interactions even more sati...

Tips for Boosting Employee Morale Through the Busy Season


Tips for Boosting Employee Morale Through the Busy Season The holiday season is known to be the busiest of the entire year. No matter what type of industry you're in. Folks are doing more shopping, needing more services done. And overall, they seem to get used to spending more money. Whether that's ...

New Trend: 18-Hour Businesses – Is It for You?


In the United States, there's a general rule of thumb involving business hours. The bigger the city, the longer its companies are open. With a big population, the later in the evening (and earlier in the morning) you can conduct services, and the more likely you're able to get things done on the wee...

No, There's No "Wrong Time of Year" to Start Your Franchise: Here's Why


No, There's No "Wrong Time of Year" to Start Your Franchise: Here's Why With the holidays coming near, you might find that things are becoming busier than normal. That, like most years, you suddenly see your to do list growing – along with everyone else's. It's because of this that many assume...

Will You be a "Good" Boss?


Will You be a "Good" Boss?  It's perhaps every new business owner's fear: will you be a good boss? Will you be successful at managing others and getting them to work efficiently? If you've never been a boss before – or even if you have, but just not for yourself – this can be a very...

How to Use Your Experience in Your Favor


How to Use Your Experience in Your Favor Your past jobs can offer you an incredible amount of support when you're the business owner. No matter what type of job(s) you've had, you can bring what you learned into your business and you can apply that knowledge to your new business. You need to be able...

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