Inside the March 2003 Issue
Searching for the path of the true leader? Look no further. Let us show you how to get there.
Be Your Own Boss Features
We've narrowed the world of homebased franchises down to 101 top companies.
Be Your Own Boss Features
When the money tree looks dry, sometimes you just have to create your own branch.
Can the ordinary Joe find coffeehouse success in a Starbucks world?
Don't be legally blind--watch for these common start-up blunders.
Presenting a case study in striking the best deals to launch your own great product on a limited budget
After helping build a chain of sub shops, a franchisee chose to stir up something new in his hometown.
This couple exercises skill in owning a gym.
Visions of optical franchises dance through Macy's head.
Read part two of our ongoing series on one couple's exciting trek into franchise ownership.
One entrepreneur makes a comfortable living after proving security blankets aren't just for kids anymore.
Whats Your Problem
There are other ways to find out what the competition is charging besides asking them.
Striking a blow in the age-old quest to find a cure for the common cold
Creativity is an acquired taste, so start your company off with small bites.
If your agent leaves out the good parts, get your day in court.
Surprise! You may be involved in a franchise relationship and not even know it.
The long-term effects of employee theft; flexible "sick" days for your workers
The only thing more annoying than a bad deal is a bad deal-maker.
The word from HIPAA is to keep it zipped when it comes to employee health issues.
If you work your employees to the bone and still aren't seeing any rise in productivity, speed may not be the only answer.
Too long has the persuasive guarantee played a supporting role in ads. Why not make it the star in your own efforts? It works wonders, we promise.
These crib sheets don't cheat the safety tests.
Deciding if "wacky" will work for you; a "do not call" registry for telemarketers
Yell out "Look at me!" for free by using other Web sites to your advantage.
Face it--part of your job is relieving others of theirs. So how do you do it right?
Having trouble remembering how to make a sale? Let us jog your memory.
It sounds crazy, but your toughest competitor can be your greatest ally when you're vying for a sale.
Feel like your accounting is getting out of control? Rein it in with the right software.
This fund thinks portfolio diversity is overrated.
A CD-ROM to organize your family's important papers, why life insurance may be illegal and more
Is a variable annuity for you? Depends on who's pitching it.
When investors ask you for a growth plan, they want a growth plan. A cleaned-up, rehashed business plan isn't going to do the job.
The only way your SIMPLE plan will ever rival a 401(k) is if you get out and fight for it.
Turn business trips into holidays with these kid-friendly deals.
Secrets to unleashing your inner salesperson
You might win tax breaks if a new bill plays out in your favor.
Bright, bold colors make a splash, new "blankies" and more
This expert says tech has to get even worse before it can start getting better.
Last century's top 10 products, how entrepreneurs react to bad corporate citizenship and more
Worker interest in unions may threaten your business. How will you respond?
Nanotechnology will soon mean big changes in the way you do business.
Stock options aren't the only way to pay.
Are you getting stiffed on relocation incentives?
This entrepreneurial mayor takes community involvement to a whole new level.
Will proposed EU import sanctions hit U.S. small businesses where it hurts?
If you've got too much reading to digest, try changing the menu.
37, 43, co-founders of Jack Black in Addison, Texas
Get your message noticed when you print your signs on reusable plastic paper.
New gadgets for your fleet keep your data and drivers safe.
Don't let business rule your life 24/7. These successful businesswomen sure don't.
If you were waiting until the prices (and features) were right to buy a digital camera, then your wait is over.
While 3G networks are stuck in wireless limbo, Wi-Fi is growing by leaps and bounds.
A big-company LaserJet for a small-business budget; label-making on your Windows
Employee evaluations made easy, driving directions on your handheld and more
Many online affiliates are being bitten by software that wrongly credits Web site referrals. Are you a victim?
How reliable is your ISP in a disaster? Simple steps can ensure your link to the Net survives.
The skinny on Internet SCSI
Keep an eye on your employees in the field.
A band-aid for your security until the real thing comes along