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Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett is a freelance writer.

30 Recent Stories

How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document

How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document

Let's face it: A Franchise Disclosure Document, with its piles of legalese, can be daunting. We help you read between the lines.
December 20, 2011 in Franchise 500
How to Get the Most Out of a Franchise 'Discovery Day'

How to Get the Most Out of a Franchise 'Discovery Day'

Prospective franchisees often begin their journey at Discovery Day events -- but not everyone makes the cut.
January 25, 2011 in Researching a Franchise
The Outlook for Franchising in 2011

The Outlook for Franchising in 2011

Consumer spending and hiring aren't expected to increase much in 2011. But for some franchises, it will be a different story.
December 12, 2010 in Franchises

How I Did It: Three Franchisee Success Stories

These franchise owners share something in common: An indomitable spirit, which makes their personal stories so enlightening.
December 12, 2010 in Franchises
Will I Make Money As a Franchisee?

Will I Make Money As a Franchisee?

You can't always bet on a franchise success, but you can put the odds in your favor.
December 12, 2010 in Franchise Buying Guide

By the Numbers: The Census Report on Franchises

A first-time review by the U.S. Census Bureau dissects franchising, one stat at a time.
December 12, 2010 in Franchises
From Idea to Market

From Idea to Market

So you have a genius idea. Here's what it takes to get a new product to market.
September 21, 2010 in Inventing
Should You Tap Your 401(k) to Start Your Business?

Should You Tap Your 401(k) to Start Your Business?

Thousands of Americans are using retirement savings to start new businesses. Some thrive, others founder. Is the gamble worth it?
June 21, 2010 in Self-Financing Your Startup
How to Negotiate a Lease

How to Negotiate a Lease

It's a buyer's market for commercial space, and landlords are offering huge concessions to new tenants--but you won't get a nickel unless you know what to ask for.
Are We Headed Toward a Green Bubble?

Are We Headed Toward a Green Bubble?

Billions of dollars are pouring into clean-tech companies--with little results. Is this an intelligent investment or the beginning of another bubble?
March 11, 2010 in Going Green

What to Do When the Bank Pulls Your Line of Credit

Entrepreneur takes a close look at who's lending and when the cost is too high.
January 13, 2010 in Financing

Three Tips for Financing Your Franchise Purchase

If you're headed to the bank for a loan, this advice may help speed along your application.
May 4, 2006 in Franchise Zone

Franchise Pros and Cons: Efficiencies and Support

The second part of a two-part series on the pros and cons of franchising vs. operating an independent business
March 10, 2006 in Franchise Zone

What It Takes to Be a Successful Franchisee

The right stuff: For companies sniffing out potential franchisees, a clean financial history isn't enough anymore.
March 8, 2006 in Franchise Zone

Pitfalls People May Face When Buying a Franchise

Many buyers' problems stem from errors they made before signing on the dotted line.
March 6, 2006 in Franchise Zone

Benefits of a Franchise Versus a Solo Operation

Would-be franchisees should ask these questions about a system's advantages and drawbacks. Plus, discuss franchising's pros and cons.
December 28, 2005 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Insight

Is an Existing Franchise a Safer Investment?
November 21, 2005 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Insight

Is Your Personality Suited to Franchising?
November 11, 2005 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Trends

Franchisers Recruit Military Veterans
October 11, 2005 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Insight

Caring for Seniors Is a Lucrative Franchise
January 27, 2005 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Trends

Franchises Go Global
January 20, 2005 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Profiles

Seasonal Franchises Will Deck Your Halls
December 16, 2004 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Insight

Chinese Market Offers Franchise Challenges
November 18, 2004 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Insight

Ways to Finance Your First Franchise Purchase
November 4, 2004 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Insight

Service Franchises Are Going Global
October 14, 2004 in Franchise Zone

Tax Advice

Large Tax Blunders For Small Businesses
September 16, 2004 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Insight

Training, Trig, Teriyaki: Franchises Go Global
September 1, 2004 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Insight

Franchising Attracts More Women, Minorities
August 26, 2004 in Franchise Zone

Franchising Insight

Even Fringe Franchises Can Find a Following
August 19, 2004 in Franchise Zone

Franchise Insight

Industry Group Seeks to Court Franchisees
August 12, 2004 in Franchise Zone