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Should You Use a Local Lender for Your Franchise?


In the beginning stages of your franchise, one of the first moves you will make is obtaining funding. Without the cash to get started, you can't get off the ground. There will be no licensing, no contracts, and certainly no business. Funds are one of your very beginning steps in starting your own bu...

How to "Turn Off" the Work Day, Even When You're the Boss


How to "Turn Off" the Work Day, Even When You're the Boss No matter what amount of responsibility you might hold on your shoulders, it's hard to completely block out the day when jumping from work, to your personal life, and vice versa. Inevitably, there is something that reminds you of something el...

Business Lessons You Can Learn From Outside the U.S. Borders


Business Lessons You Can Learn From Outside the U.S. Borders What's in a business plan? And where do those same plans come from? It's a set of questions that, when asked of 100 people, might garner 100 different answers. From a more straightforward standpoint, however, the answers are a little more ...

6 Tips When Following Your Gut in Business


6 Tips When Following Your Gut in Business Following your gut or going by the books – it's an age-old question in business. And the former is one that doesn't gain much clout among professionals. For the most part, it's considered a step that should be avoided, and only used when there are sta...

8 Tips for Separating Office and Home


8 Tips for Separating Office and Home For anyone looking into purchasing and running a home-based business, it’s likely all you can think of are perks. You’ll get to work from home! You can set your own hours! You can get in 40 hours (or more or less, depending on the nature of your need...

5 of the Most Memorable Franchise Owners and What We Remember Them For


5 of the Most Memorable Franchise Owners and What We Remember Them For Just like mascots or figureheads, company owners can make a strong impression on their customers. We remember who a person is, what took place under their tenure, and more often than not, those very moves have an impact as to how...

Should You Work With Family?


Should You Work With Family? There's an ongoing stigma about working with family members. That, for the most part, it's frowned upon. There are even thousands of horror stories of why it shouldn't be done, what can go wrong, and why, essentially, it can threaten your business and your family relatio...

Franchise Trends That Grew in 2015


Franchise Trends That Grew in 2015 Over time, businesses must adapt in order to stay relevant, and in order to stay profitable. Technology was a huge trend and upgrade for companies in recent times, including online sales, doing away with traditional catalogs, and more. But it's not always existing ...

8 Leadership Tactics That Will Help You Do Better in Business


8 Leadership Tactics That Will Help You Do Better in Business Throughout the years, the world has seen a number of great leaders. Those who did amazing things, and those who did terrible ones. What they all managed to have in common, however, is that they led those others and got them to follow thei...

Up-and-Coming Tasks to Put on Your Work List Before Opening Your First Business


Up-and-Coming Tasks to Put on Your Work List Before Opening Your First Business A to-do list is one of the best ways to keep track of what you need to do, as well as what's been completed. Besides, it's just plain satisfying to scratch off a task once it's finished – letting yourself know it's...

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...

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