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Can I Start a Business with No Startup Capital?

I am an electrical engineer and want to be my own boss. But how can I start a business if I have zero capital to work with?
Tim Berry

Should I Open a Pizza Franchise Abroad?

I am living in Mumbai and I am interested in starting my own business. I have not seen U.S.-based pizza businesses anywhere in Mumbai. Is it worth looking into buying a U.S. pizza franchise and opening it here? Can it be profitable?
Jeff Elgin

How Can I Know If I'd Be a Good Franchisee?

I've been out of work for almost two years and have been looking at franchise business ownership. There are so many franchises to choose from and although I feel like I could be successful, I'm not completely sure. Is there a way to accurately weigh my odds?
Jeff Elgin

Do Part-Time Franchise Opportunities Exist?

I have a job but am interested in a franchise business. However, I'm not sure what kind of business I'd be interested in. I've heard that some franchises can be run part-time or from home on the side. Where can I find this sort of franchise?
Jeff Elgin

How Can I Dissolve an S Corporation?

I'm a 20 percent shareholder in an S corporation with four other equal partners. I see no financial future, as we are having to put money into a sinking a ship just to break even every year. I want to dissolve the corporation and split the debt. Can I be compelled to put more money in if I don't get a majority vote to dissolve?
Nina Kaufman

Can I Buy Into a Franchise with Little Experience and Capital?

I am a sophomore in college and really want to start my own business, but I realize that it requires capital and lots of time. I have immersed myself in business topics since being in college and have gained some experience in startups. While acquiring a franchise seems to be the most feasible option of owning my own business within the near future, I am wondering if it is possible to be a part owner with only a little capital. What is the best way to find a franchise that's a good match?
Jeff Elgin

How Can I Determine the Success Rate for a Franchise?

My brother and I are considering several businesses, including a wholesale auto parts company and a finance company. Though they are vastly different, we have interest in each. We're just beginning to look around now and this is new territory for us. How can I determine if I should make the investment?
Jeff Elgin

How Do Franchise Territories Work?

I've been researching a retail franchise business and want to make sure that the territory I'm interested in would be exclusively mine. I've read a few testimonials about franchises not having clear rules in regard to this. How does it work?
Jeff Elgin

How Can I Determine if a Franchise Will be a Good Fit for Me?

I'm wondering: How can I research the validity of a specific franchise business? Does the size of the franchise system matter and how can I best find out if the company will be a good fit for me in my quest to be a franchise owner?
Jeff Elgin

What's the Secret to Winning Repeat Customers?

What is the most important factor in generating repeat purchases?
Michael Kaleikini

Is my business suitable for franchising?

What characteristics are needed for a business to be a possible candidate for franchising?
Jeff Elgin

Why do so many franchises fail?

I'm considering opening my own franchise and want to be aware of the most common mistakes.
Jeff Elgin

As a potential franchisee, what do I need to know about franchise fees?

In general, what do the franchise fees cover?
Jeff Elgin

How can I finance my franchise?

I'm having problems finding banks that will lend me the money.
Jeff Elgin

What makes for a successful entrepreneur?

I would love some general tips to start a good business.
Brad Sugars