Jason Daley

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

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Franchise Brings a Fresh Take on Beef Jerky
Franchises

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.
How Franchises Worked Together After Superstorm Sandy
Franchises

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
How a Retired FedEx Exec Built a Mini Sandwich Empire
Franchises

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.
The Secrets Behind a Satisfied Franchise Staff
Franchises

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
The Inspiring Man Behind Thousands of Motivational Posters
Profiles

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

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
Franchise Brings Hospice-Care Model to Pets
Franchises

Franchise Brings Hospice-Care Model to Pets

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

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

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.
Autopsy Franchise Aims to Educate About Death
Franchises

Autopsy Franchise Aims to Educate About Death

1-800-Autopsy tackles a need that never really goes away.
A Jointly Owned Franchise Gives Two Pilots a Second Chance
Franchises

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.
Biggest Franchise Trends for 2013
Franchises

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.
A Mobile Waterless Car-Washing Franchise Takes Off
Franchises

A Mobile Waterless Car-Washing Franchise Takes Off

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

The Best and Worst Online Franchise Promotions of 2012

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

Garden Franchise Banks on Organic Food Demand

The gro-O franchise brings home the green.
100-Year-Old Pizza Franchise Finally Cracks the Franchise 500
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.
How Anytime Fitness Broke into the Franchise 500 Top 10
Franchise 500

How Anytime Fitness Broke into the Franchise 500 Top 10

Convenience and online strategy drive rapid growth for the 24-hour micro-gym franchise.
The Top 10 Franchises for 2013
Franchises

The Top 10 Franchises for 2013

With new strategies for growth, these powerhouses lead our ranking.
Top Franchise for 2013: Hampton Hotels
Franchise 500

Top Franchise for 2013: Hampton Hotels

International growth helps keep Hampton Hotels at No. 1 for a third year.
Cooperative Companies Offer an Alternative to Franchising
Franchises

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.
Crowdfunding Site Gives Startups and Small Businesses a Boost
Startup Financing

Crowdfunding Site Gives Startups and Small Businesses a Boost

A spin on crowdfunding, Smallknot, asks customers to support local businesses.
A Canine-Centric Franchise Uses Mobile Tech to Stand Out
Franchises

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.
How to Keep Your Seasonal Franchise Going Year-Round
Franchises

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

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

Inside the 20-year journey of the successful moving franchise.
Sports Franchise Is Making Youth Sports Fun Again
Franchises

Sports Franchise Is Making Youth Sports Fun Again

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

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.
StearClear Gives Customers a Safe Lift Home
Franchises

StearClear Gives Customers a Safe Lift Home

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

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.
BizBox Brings the Store to the Customer
Franchises

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.
Pizza Fusion Takes Green Mainstream
Franchises

Pizza Fusion Takes Green Mainstream

The organic pizza franchise wants its eco-friendly mission to exist subtly in the background.

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