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Jason Daley

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Jason Daley lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. His work regularly appears in Popular Science, Outside and other magazines.

30 Recent Stories

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

Two professors argue if the instinct to be your own boss is a product of nature or nurture.
September 19, 2013 in Starting a Business
What Is the Real Survival Rate of Franchised Businesses?

What Is the Real Survival Rate of Franchised Businesses?

It's known as 'The Stat,' and it's been misleading prospective franchisees for years, indicating wildly high rates of success. Why is it so hard to come up with accurate figures for the survival rate
September 13, 2013 in Franchises

New Franchise Concept Puts Unused Gift Cards to Use

Gift Card Monkey sparks a new retail concept -- putting gift cards that would otherwise be forgotten to use for consumers and merchants.
September 6, 2013 in Franchises

What the Crowdfunding Boom Means for Franchising

Will public investments help the franchise world break free from the stranglehold of the credit crunch?
August 19, 2013 in Franchises
Best Western Franchise Owners Give Hotel a $3.5 Million Dinosaur-Themed Makeover

Best Western Franchise Owners Give Hotel a $3.5 Million Dinosaur-Themed Makeover

Greg and Meredith Tally, owners of Denver's Best Western Southwest, gave their hotel an unique new look.
August 9, 2013 in Franchises
Former Marine Starts International Franchise Helping Stranded Boats

Former Marine Starts International Franchise Helping Stranded Boats

Sea Tow is a family-run company with nearly 200,000 members and 100 U.S. and international franchise locations, helping seafarers in lakes and oceans across the world.
July 26, 2013 in Franchises
The Unique Challenges and Benefits of Multi-Unit Franchising

The Unique Challenges and Benefits of Multi-Unit Franchising

Multi-unit franchising holds its own set of challenges, from delegating to simply having the patience and drive needed to scale. Here, some advice from those who have been through it, and are thriving
July 19, 2013 in Franchises
From Brain Injury to Inspiring Entrepreneur

From Brain Injury to Inspiring Entrepreneur

Greg Marischen opened his Brain Balance Achievement Center franchise after physical and occupational therapy changed his life.
July 12, 2013 in Franchises
Unique Theme Gives Sandwich Franchise a Boost

Unique Theme Gives Sandwich Franchise a Boost

Scott Jenning's marijuana-themed sandwich business, Cheba Hut, goes beyond the gimmick to win over customers.
July 4, 2013 in Franchises
How a New Grocery Store Concept Reduces Waste and Increases Profits

How a New Grocery Store Concept Reduces Waste and Increases Profits

Two brothers created a zero-waste, packaging-free grocery store that operates in a smaller space and provides healthier food choices.
July 4, 2013 in Innovation
Saving the World With Fertilizer

Saving the World With Fertilizer

BeeSafe Organic Lawn Care is scaling up organic fertilizer for commercial and institutional use.
June 28, 2013 in Innovation
Franchises Lead the Mediterranean Food Trend

Franchises Lead the Mediterranean Food Trend

Mediterranean cuisine may well be the next big thing at American fast-casual restaurants. The staples of the Middle East and Greece are finding a growing niche among consumers --and franchises are lea
June 7, 2013 in Franchises
Why a Franchising Veteran Launched an Employee Stock Plan

Why a Franchising Veteran Launched an Employee Stock Plan

Kelly Saxton has spent over 30 years running restaurant franchises, and one thing he's learned is that good employees are crucial to success and should be rewarded.
May 31, 2013 in Franchises
How The Lash Lounge Franchise Extended its Business

How The Lash Lounge Franchise Extended its Business

One entrepreneur's inspiring story of how losing her job turned into a booming beauty franchise.
May 26, 2013 in Franchises
How International Franchisors Are Making a Name for Themselves in the U.S.

How International Franchisors Are Making a Name for Themselves in the U.S.

Overcoming cultural and legal differences to stake a claim in the U.S.
May 19, 2013 in Franchises
A Franchisee Gym Pumps up Profits by Going Green

A Franchisee Gym Pumps up Profits by Going Green

A Retro Fitness franchisee cut their electricity costs by adding eco-friendly features.
May 17, 2013 in Magazine
Small Used Jewelry Business Leads to a Growing Pawn-Shop Franchise

Small Used Jewelry Business Leads to a Growing Pawn-Shop Franchise

A father and son road trip led them to launch a small pawn shop that grew into a nationwide franchise.
May 3, 2013 in Franchises
How 2 Businesses Stumbled Upon Franchising as the Key to Growth

How 2 Businesses Stumbled Upon Franchising as the Key to Growth

A doggie daycare business and a cloth diaper service find that expanding their horizons was the path to success.
April 26, 2013 in Franchises
How a Group of Friends Made a Dent the $6 Billion Bike Industry

How a Group of Friends Made a Dent the $6 Billion Bike Industry

Childhood pals find big profits in stripped-down bicycles with their company Pure Fix Cycles.
April 20, 2013 in Business Ideas
Franchise Takes the Cafe Concept on the Road

Franchise Takes the Cafe Concept on the Road

BikeCaffe, a British franchise concept, brings the coffee house to the customer.
April 10, 2013 in Franchises
Franchise Brings a Fresh Take on Beef Jerky

Franchise Brings a Fresh Take on Beef Jerky

The Beef Jerky Outlet, a 13-unit franchise sells over 200 varieties of small-batch jerky, including alligator, kangaroo and pheasant.
March 29, 2013 in Franchises
How Franchises Worked Together After Superstorm Sandy

How Franchises Worked Together After Superstorm Sandy

Franchises played a major recovery role in the wake of Sandy, with corporate parents rallying to get local units running so they could help communities in need. Here's how some companies banded togeth
March 22, 2013 in Franchises
How a Retired FedEx Exec Built a Mini Sandwich Empire

How a Retired FedEx Exec Built a Mini Sandwich Empire

Edith Kelly-Green was ready to settle into a retirement when her family convinced her to open a Lenny's Sub Shop franchise.
March 15, 2013 in Franchises
The Secrets Behind a Satisfied Franchise Staff

The Secrets Behind a Satisfied Franchise Staff

Employee retention is a key component to any healthy franchise operation. We spoke to company owners and employment experts who have learned the secrets behind worker longevity and the long-term busin
March 8, 2013 in Franchises
The Inspiring Man Behind Thousands of Motivational Posters

The Inspiring Man Behind Thousands of Motivational Posters

Rare was the '80s office without a motivational poster. We caught up with the man whose Successories had businesspeople hanging on every word.
February 26, 2013 in Profiles
Need Inspiration? Surprising Movies, Books and More to Motivate Success

Need Inspiration? Surprising Movies, Books and More to Motivate Success

Sure, there are motivational books and tapes to help you succeed in business. But what if you're in the mood to be inspired by something a little less in your face--and a little more entertaining? We
February 26, 2013 in Productivity
Franchise Brings Hospice-Care Model to Pets

Franchise Brings Hospice-Care Model to Pets

Lap of Love brings in-home veterinary hospice to ailing pets in a growing number of states.
February 22, 2013 in Franchises
Roll It Your Way: Customization and Automation Set U-Sushi Apart

Roll It Your Way: Customization and Automation Set U-Sushi Apart

Jeremy Umland came up with a quick-serve sushi concept: Customers design their own rolls at the counter, then a kitchen full of automated machines helps cooks prepare them for takeout in just minutes.
January 18, 2013 in Franchises
Truffle Fries With That? Fast-Food Franchises Spice Up Their Menus

Truffle Fries With That? Fast-Food Franchises Spice Up Their Menus

Quick-serve restaurants are beefing up their menus with gourmet offerings in an effort to compete with their fast-casual counterparts.
January 17, 2013 in Franchises
Autopsy Franchise Aims to Educate About Death

Autopsy Franchise Aims to Educate About Death

1-800-Autopsy tackles a need that never really goes away.
January 11, 2013 in Franchises