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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...

9 Old School Lessons We Still Use in Franchising Today


9 Old School Lessons We Still Use in Franchising Today Sometimes, when it's not broken, it's best not to fix it. That's a motto that saves time and energy in all types of work situations. However, rather than just being something to avoid, why not also use that motto as something to return to? When ...

8 Concept Franchises That are Making it Big


8 Concept Franchises That are Making it Big There's a fine line between making it big, and doing something off the wall. That's a reality that business models have taught us throughout the years – that there is no such thing as a "sure thing," there is only a such thing as hard work and market...

7 Tips for Finding Your Best Franchise Fit


7 Tips for Finding Your Best Franchise Fit Once you've decided to make the trek into franchising, chances are there are several decisions you already have under your belt. For instance, the choice to run your own business, to become your own boss, and to work with a competitive brand in order to wor...

Can you Franchise While Keeping Your Current Career?


Can you Franchise While Keeping Your Current Career? Often times, franchisees decide to open their own businesses after retirement. Maybe they are phasing out of a job, or are seeing their current position come to an end. For whatever reason, they're going through a professional transition, and fran...

10 Modern Technologies That Make Franchising Easier


10 Modern Technologies That Make Franchising Easier New electronics and availabilities are constantly emerging. There's no denying that inventions and updates of how things are done have been able to streamline business as we know it today. Changes that continue to make life easier when dealing pers...

New Franchisee Opens With Dickey's Barbeque Pit


New Franchisee Opens With Dickey's Barbeque Pit Franchising had been something that soon-to-be business owner, Deyong "Roy" Wen had been thinking pursuing for some time. He'd been toying with the idea of starting his own restaurant location, he said, and had been spending time gathering information ...

10 Lessons to Learn From Famous Inspirational Quotes


10 Lessons to Learn From Famous Inspirational Quotes You know the kind – the quote you read or hear and think, "Wow, that is so on the nose." Even if it's not applicable to you that second of the day, the words are memorable, and come with first-hand experience behind them. When you stop to th...

How One Company is Celebrating Franchisee Creativity and Gaining in the Process


How One Company is Celebrating Franchisee Creativity and Gaining in the Process  Most often when we think of franchising, we think of a static set of rules. Franchise businesses that perform X, Y, and Z, and do so over and over again to achieve the same growing results. And sure, a few things c...

7 Franchises That Picked a Crowd Favorite and Went For It


7 Franchises That Picked a Crowd Favorite and Went For It. Don't mess with perfection, right? That's the exact motto of these franchises that took something classic, that the majority of the population has known and loved for years, and they turned it into a business. Their success is a great remin...

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