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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

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

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.
July 18, 2012 in Success Stories
The Melting Pot Looks to Diversity to Grow its Franchise

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.
July 17, 2012 in Success Stories
The Biggest Lessons Franchisors Learned About Social Media

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.
June 21, 2012 in Franchises
Look Out Lunch Ladies, Here Comes Wholesome Tummies

Look Out Lunch Ladies, Here Comes Wholesome Tummies

This new franchise delivers meals to schools and kicks PB&J to the curb.
June 3, 2012 in Franchises
How Ground Round, Sizzler and Bennigan's Bounced Back from Bankruptcy

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.
May 29, 2012 in Franchises
Franchisee Rolling in Green from Recycling Other People's Clutter

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.
May 27, 2012 in Franchises
Franchises Turn to Automated Customer Feedback

Franchises Turn to Automated Customer Feedback

Innovative software empowers franchise owners to respond to customer reviews instantly.
April 13, 2012 in Franchises
A Roadmap to Self-Reliance for Solopreneurs

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.
March 27, 2012 in Startup Basics
Martial Arts Franchise Kicks Butt

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.
March 24, 2012 in Franchises
New Franchises Team Up and Make Co-branding Work

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
March 23, 2012 in Franchises
Freedom in a Fashion Franchise

Freedom in a Fashion Franchise

Apricot Lane franchises operate as true boutiques. And they're growing fast.
March 17, 2012 in Franchises
After a Post-9/11 Slump, an Entrepreneur Turns to Franchising

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.
March 9, 2012 in Franchises
A Tech Entrepreneur Finds a Niche in Pouncing on Law-Breaking Pet Owners

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
February 10, 2012 in Profiles
This Franchise Is a Flying Success

This Franchise Is a Flying Success

A Seattle couple makes the jump into franchising with iFly.
February 5, 2012 in Franchises

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.
February 3, 2012 in Magazine
A Franchise Breathes Life Into the Casket Business

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.
December 23, 2011 in Franchise 500
How a Franchise Can Play the Real Estate Market

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.
December 21, 2011 in Franchise 500
Lime Fresh, a Slower Alternative to the Fast-Casual Franchise

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.
December 16, 2011 in Restaurant Center
For Restaurant Chains, A Homespun Challenge

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.
December 16, 2011 in Franchise 500
The Top 10 Franchises for 2012

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.
December 15, 2011 in Franchise 500
And the No. 1 Franchise Is. . . Hampton Hotels

And the No. 1 Franchise Is. . . Hampton Hotels

Hampton Hotels continues to dominate the U.S. franchising landscape, holding the No. 1 spot on this year's Franchise 500 List. The chain aims to bring value -- and a hot breakfast -- to travelers worl
December 15, 2011 in Franchise 500
How Pizza Hut Made a Comeback

How Pizza Hut Made a Comeback

Lower prices and a new restaurant design propel Pizza Hut back into the top 10 on this year's Franchise 500 List.
December 15, 2011 in Franchise 500
Ya, Mon: A Franchise for Hydroponic Equipment

Ya, Mon: A Franchise for Hydroponic Equipment

A hydroponic equipment outlet brings production of medical marijuana to light.
December 2, 2011 in Franchises
How to Create a Succession Plan for a Franchise Business

How to Create a Succession Plan for a Franchise Business

Passing a franchise from one generation to the next can be fraught with complexities. A smart succession plan will ease the transition.
December 2, 2011 in Business Management
Biker Franchise Goes Whole Hog

Biker Franchise Goes Whole Hog

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental helps tourists hit the road. Learn how it got started and where it's going.
November 18, 2011 in Franchises
20-Something Entrepreneur Multiplies Success in a Salad Franchise

20-Something Entrepreneur Multiplies Success in a Salad Franchise

A former mall rat serves up fresh ideas with Saladworks franchises in three states.
November 16, 2011 in Success Stories
The Fight for 'Fairness in Franchising'

The Fight for 'Fairness in Franchising'

The Coalition for Franchisee Associations has put together a Bill of Rights to fight for changes to the long-established franchising system. But that's just a starting point in what could be an uphill
November 4, 2011 in Franchises
Franchisees Who Grew Million-Dollar Businesses

Franchisees Who Grew Million-Dollar Businesses

With hard work and trust in the concept, franchisees can make it big. From a maid service, to a restaurant and a photography studio, here's how three entrepreneurs profited from their own spin on a fr
October 21, 2011 in Success Stories
A Five-Step Guide to Reinventing Your Business

A Five-Step Guide to Reinventing Your Business

How do you know when it's time to alter the strategy of your business? Here's how to pivot to a better business model midstream.
October 18, 2011 in Growth Strategies
How a Downsized Burrito Led to Franchise Success

How a Downsized Burrito Led to Franchise Success

A Moe's Southwest Grill franchisee's idea for a smaller, more healthful burrito was a hit with customers chainwide.
October 14, 2011 in Success Stories