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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

A Jointly Owned Franchise Gives Two Pilots a Second Chance

A Jointly Owned Franchise Gives Two Pilots a Second Chance

After John Grassia and David Smith lost their jobs as pilots, they bought an Express Oil Change franchise to supplement their incomes.
January 4, 2013 in Franchises
Biggest Franchise Trends for 2013

Biggest Franchise Trends for 2013

Even among the seemingly endless variety of franchises, patterns emerge. Here are some macro trends that will be driving franchising this year.
December 28, 2012 in Franchises
A Mobile Waterless Car-Washing Franchise Takes Off

A Mobile Waterless Car-Washing Franchise Takes Off

A waterless car wash offers an eco-friendly and affordable option for starting a franchise.
December 21, 2012 in Franchises
The Best and Worst Online Franchise Promotions of 2012

The Best and Worst Online Franchise Promotions of 2012

Our picks for the best, the worst and the craziest online promotions from franchise companies.
December 20, 2012 in Franchises
Garden Franchise Banks on Organic Food Demand

Garden Franchise Banks on Organic Food Demand

The gro-O franchise brings home the green.
December 17, 2012 in Franchises
100-Year-Old Pizza Franchise Finally Cracks the Franchise 500

100-Year-Old Pizza Franchise Finally Cracks the Franchise 500

It's been a long road to franchise success for Rosati's Pizza stores who squeak onto our ranking at number 499.
December 14, 2012 in Franchise 500
How Anytime Fitness Broke into the Franchise 500 Top 10

How Anytime Fitness Broke into the Franchise 500 Top 10

Convenience and online strategy drive rapid growth for the 24-hour micro-gym franchise.
December 14, 2012 in Franchise 500
The Top 10 Franchises for 2013

The Top 10 Franchises for 2013

With new strategies for growth, these powerhouses lead our ranking.
December 13, 2012 in Franchises
Top Franchise for 2013: Hampton Hotels

Top Franchise for 2013: Hampton Hotels

International growth helps keep Hampton Hotels at No. 1 for a third year.
December 13, 2012 in Franchise 500
Cooperative Companies Offer an Alternative to Franchising

Cooperative Companies Offer an Alternative to Franchising

Going it alone isn't the best route for all business owners. Cooperative corporations offer an alternative to franchising, with members working together to decide how their company should operate.
November 30, 2012 in Franchises
Crowdfunding Site Gives Startups and Small Businesses a Boost

Crowdfunding Site Gives Startups and Small Businesses a Boost

A spin on crowdfunding, Smallknot, asks customers to support local businesses.
November 26, 2012 in Startup Financing
A Canine-Centric Franchise Uses Mobile Tech to Stand Out

A Canine-Centric Franchise Uses Mobile Tech to Stand Out

Zoom Room offers dogs classes designed just for them that gives them a leg up on the competition.
November 16, 2012 in Franchises
How to Keep Your Seasonal Franchise Going Year-Round

How to Keep Your Seasonal Franchise Going Year-Round

Don't let your business grind to a halt when your traditional selling period comes to a close.
November 9, 2012 in Franchises
Two Men and a Truck's Bumpy Road to Franchise Success

Two Men and a Truck's Bumpy Road to Franchise Success

Inside the 20-year journey of the successful moving franchise.
October 26, 2012 in Franchises
Sports Franchise Is Making Youth Sports Fun Again

Sports Franchise Is Making Youth Sports Fun Again

Brian Sanders started i9 Sports as a mellower alternative to the competitive nature of youth sports.
October 26, 2012 in Franchises
A Former Patient Opens a Home Healthcare Franchise

A Former Patient Opens a Home Healthcare Franchise

After recovering from a car accident, Rick Collett decided to pursue healthcare and ended up opening a BrightStar Care home healthcare franchise.
October 19, 2012 in Franchises
StearClear Gives Customers a Safe Lift Home

StearClear Gives Customers a Safe Lift Home

A designated-driver franchise that utilizes smartphone technology.
October 12, 2012 in Franchises
Bed Bug Chasers Franchise Keeps Focus on its Niche

Bed Bug Chasers Franchise Keeps Focus on its Niche

Rather than expand to a full-spectrum pest-control business, Bed Bug Chasers expands within its niche.
October 12, 2012 in Franchises
BizBox Brings the Store to the Customer

BizBox Brings the Store to the Customer

The 6,000-pound retail shop can be pulled by a large pickup truck to wherever potential customers may gather.
October 12, 2012 in Franchises
Pizza Fusion Takes Green Mainstream

Pizza Fusion Takes Green Mainstream

The organic pizza franchise wants its eco-friendly mission to exist subtly in the background.
October 12, 2012 in Franchises
Four Companies Transforming the Franchising World

Four Companies Transforming the Franchising World

Franchising may not seem like an innovative endeavor, but these businesses are game changers.
October 12, 2012 in Franchises
Is an MBA Still Necessary?

Is an MBA Still Necessary?

Two outspoken academic leaders offer opposing views on the relevance of a traditional business education.
September 24, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Golden Krust Franchise Brings Jamaican Flavor Stateside

Golden Krust Franchise Brings Jamaican Flavor Stateside

How an immigrant family business grew by expanding their menu of Jamaican fast food.
September 22, 2012 in Franchises
Brother and Sister Team Start a Trendy Used Clothing Franchise

Brother and Sister Team Start a Trendy Used Clothing Franchise

Inspired by her franchise-owning parents, Chelsea Sloan started Uptown Cheapskate with her brother Scott while she was still in college.
September 21, 2012 in Franchises
Two Medical Pros Change Course With an Urgent-Care Franchise

Two Medical Pros Change Course With an Urgent-Care Franchise

A doctor and nurse team up to open the first Doctors Express urgent-care franchise in Florida.
September 7, 2012 in Franchises
The Top Traits of Successful Franchise Owners

The Top Traits of Successful Franchise Owners

'Franchise King' Joel Libava claims he has cracked the code to what makes a successful franchise owner. Find out if you have what it takes.
August 24, 2012 in Franchises
Nostalgic Niche: Bringing Back the Butcher Shop

Nostalgic Niche: Bringing Back the Butcher Shop

The founders of Meat House revive an old-time institution, opening 30 stores in 10 states. They share their business secrets -- and their favorite cuts.
August 12, 2012 in Franchises
No Time to Hire? Enter the Virtual Interview

No Time to Hire? Enter the Virtual Interview

Jody Presti created JobOn, an online service that allows job applicants to answer questions via webcam. Subway, Starbucks and Pizza Hut are using it.
August 9, 2012 in Franchises
Eggs? Grilled Cheese? Food Chains Say 'Niche' Pays

Eggs? Grilled Cheese? Food Chains Say 'Niche' Pays

Restaurant franchises with a narrow--or even singular--focus are serving up high-concept takes on familiar, simple foods. Here's how to do one thing, and do it well.
July 26, 2012 in Franchises
How ADstruc Aims to Reinvent the Billboard Business

How ADstruc Aims to Reinvent the Billboard Business

The web-based exchange connects advertisers with billboard owners without the need for document swaps and epic location-scouting.
July 25, 2012 in Profiles