Jason Daley

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

30 Recent Stories

Four Companies Transforming the Franchising World
Franchises

Four Companies Transforming the Franchising World

Franchising may not seem like an innovative endeavor, but these businesses are game changers.
Is an MBA Still Necessary?
Young Entrepreneurs

Is an MBA Still Necessary?

Two outspoken academic leaders offer opposing views on the relevance of a traditional business education.
Golden Krust Franchise Brings Jamaican Flavor Stateside
Franchises

Golden Krust Franchise Brings Jamaican Flavor Stateside

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

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.
Two Medical Pros Change Course With an Urgent-Care Franchise
Franchises

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.
The Top Traits of Successful Franchise Owners
Franchises

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.
Nostalgic Niche: Bringing Back the Butcher Shop
Franchises

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.
No Time to Hire? Enter the Virtual Interview
Franchises

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

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.
How ADstruc Aims to Reinvent the Billboard Business
Profiles

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.
Why Box Buddies Founder Handed Over the Reins to Work as a Franchisee
Success Stories

Why Box Buddies Founder Handed Over the Reins to Work as a Franchisee

This franchise founder bounced back from hardships the first time around and found success at his own speed.
The Melting Pot Looks to Diversity to Grow its Franchise
Success Stories

The Melting Pot Looks to Diversity to Grow its Franchise

Fondue franchise broadens its reach to new communities to expand its corporate office and franchisees.
The Biggest Lessons Franchisors Learned About Social Media
Franchises

The Biggest Lessons Franchisors Learned About Social Media

The franchise world has finally embraced social media. A look at the new services and policies helping the franchise systems work together, plus three tips to build a social fan base.
Look Out Lunch Ladies, Here Comes Wholesome Tummies
Franchises

Look Out Lunch Ladies, Here Comes Wholesome Tummies

This new franchise delivers meals to schools and kicks PB&J to the curb.
How Ground Round, Sizzler and Bennigan's Bounced Back from Bankruptcy
Franchises

How Ground Round, Sizzler and Bennigan's Bounced Back from Bankruptcy

A handful of classic restaurant brands have reemerged from bankruptcy. Here's how these franchises fought their way back from the great strip mall in the sky.
Franchisee Rolling in Green from Recycling Other People's Clutter
Franchises

Franchisee Rolling in Green from Recycling Other People's Clutter

This 1-800-Got-Junk franchisee collects other people's unwanted stuff and finds a use for everything viable from clients' homes.
Franchises Turn to Automated Customer Feedback
Franchises

Franchises Turn to Automated Customer Feedback

Innovative software empowers franchise owners to respond to customer reviews instantly.
A Roadmap to Self-Reliance for Solopreneurs
Startup Basics

A Roadmap to Self-Reliance for Solopreneurs

One isn't always the loneliest number. In fact, it may be all that's needed to operate a successful business.
Martial Arts Franchise Kicks Butt
Franchises

Martial Arts Franchise Kicks Butt

A martial arts franchise aims to drop-kick bullies and raise self-esteem while helping owners bring a professional approach to their business.
New Franchises Team Up and Make Co-branding Work
Franchises

New Franchises Team Up and Make Co-branding Work

Co-branding among franchises appeared to have lost its luster in recent years. But new concepts are emerging to prove that strategic combinations of businesses can cut costs and broaden the customer b
Freedom in a Fashion Franchise
Franchises

Freedom in a Fashion Franchise

Apricot Lane franchises operate as true boutiques. And they're growing fast.
After a Post-9/11 Slump, an Entrepreneur Turns to Franchising
Franchises

After a Post-9/11 Slump, an Entrepreneur Turns to Franchising

Greg Carafello was at his flagship location on Sept. 11. He escaped after the second plane hit. Not only did he lose his main branch, but also his best friend.
A Tech Entrepreneur Finds a Niche in Pouncing on Law-Breaking Pet Owners
Profiles

A Tech Entrepreneur Finds a Niche in Pouncing on Law-Breaking Pet Owners

PooPrints uses DNA samples to track down dumping doggies and the scofflaws who don't pick up after them
This Franchise Is a Flying Success
Franchises

This Franchise Is a Flying Success

A Seattle couple makes the jump into franchising with iFly.
Magazine

Why More Pro Athletes are Scoring Franchises After Sports Fame

From the NBA to the NFL and NHL, star athletes are aiming to win big in business as they look to their financial futures following sports.
A Franchise Breathes Life Into the Casket Business
Franchise 500

A Franchise Breathes Life Into the Casket Business

A Kansas businessman takes on the staid funeral industry and creates a new franchise sector in the process.
How a Franchise Can Play the Real Estate Market
Franchise 500

How a Franchise Can Play the Real Estate Market

For some franchises, the depressed real estate market is an opportunity to renegotiate leases and focus on newly available sites.
Lime Fresh, a Slower Alternative to the Fast-Casual Franchise
Restaurant Center

Lime Fresh, a Slower Alternative to the Fast-Casual Franchise

At Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, customers are encouraged to linger. And the concept caught the eye of Ruby Tuesday, now a licensee.
For Restaurant Chains, A Homespun Challenge
Franchise 500

For Restaurant Chains, A Homespun Challenge

Many restaurant franchises begin as small-town favorites. But when regional expansion calls, keeping that local flavor is difficult. How three chains have managed it.
The Top 10 Franchises for 2012
Franchise 500

The Top 10 Franchises for 2012

These franchises made their way to the top by giving customers what they want: tasty food, quick service, quality care and non-pointy soap.

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