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Inside the March 2003 Issue

Features

Lead the Way

Searching for the path of the true leader? Look no further. Let us show you how to get there.

Gold Bond

Alliances are worth their weight in business gold.

Columns

Be Your Own Boss Features
When the money tree looks dry, sometimes you just have to create your own branch.
Be Your Own Boss Features
We've narrowed the world of homebased franchises down to 101 top companies.
Biz 101
Don't be legally blind--watch for these common start-up blunders.
Biz 101
Can the ordinary Joe find coffeehouse success in a Starbucks world?
Innovations
Presenting a case study in striking the best deals to launch your own great product on a limited budget
Opportunities
Visions of optical franchises dance through Macy's head.
Opportunities
This couple exercises skill in owning a gym.
Opportunities
After helping build a chain of sub shops, a franchisee chose to stir up something new in his hometown.
Real Life
Read part two of our ongoing series on one couple's exciting trek into franchise ownership.
Smart Ideas
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.
Almost Famous
Striking a blow in the age-old quest to find a cure for the common cold
Editors Note
Creative Zone
Creativity is an acquired taste, so start your company off with small bites.
Insurance
If your agent leaves out the good parts, get your day in court.
Legal
Surprise! You may be involved in a franchise relationship and not even know it.
Management Buzz
The long-term effects of employee theft; flexible "sick" days for your workers
Real Deal
The only thing more annoying than a bad deal is a bad deal-maker.
Smart Moves
The word from HIPAA is to keep it zipped when it comes to employee health issues.
Staff Smarts
If you work your employees to the bone and still aren't seeing any rise in productivity, speed may not be the only answer.
A+ Ads
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.
Breakthrough
These crib sheets don't cheat the safety tests.
Marketing Buzz
Deciding if "wacky" will work for you; a "do not call" registry for telemarketers
Net Sales
Yell out "Look at me!" for free by using other Web sites to your advantage.
Sales Force
Face it--part of your job is relieving others of theirs. So how do you do it right?
Sales Success
Having trouble remembering how to make a sale? Let us jog your memory.
Tactics
It sounds crazy, but your toughest competitor can be your greatest ally when you're vying for a sale.
Dollar Signs
Feel like your accounting is getting out of control? Rein it in with the right software.
Funds
This fund thinks portfolio diversity is overrated.
Money Buzz
A CD-ROM to organize your family's important papers, why life insurance may be illegal and more
Personal Finance
Is a variable annuity for you? Depends on who's pitching it.
Raising Money
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.
Tax Talk
The only way your SIMPLE plan will ever rival a 401(k) is if you get out and fight for it.
Biz Travel
Turn business trips into holidays with these kid-friendly deals.
Books
Secrets to unleashing your inner salesperson
Capitol Issues
You might win tax breaks if a new bill plays out in your favor.
Flash
Bright, bold colors make a splash, new "blankies" and more
Hot Seat
This expert says tech has to get even worse before it can start getting better.
It Figures
Last century's top 10 products, how entrepreneurs react to bad corporate citizenship and more
Smarts Features
Worker interest in unions may threaten your business. How will you respond?
Smarts Features
Nanotechnology will soon mean big changes in the way you do business.
Smarts Features
Stock options aren't the only way to pay.
Smarts Features
Are you getting stiffed on relocation incentives?
Smarts Features
This entrepreneurial mayor takes community involvement to a whole new level.
Smarts Features
Will proposed EU import sanctions hit U.S. small businesses where it hurts?
Smarts Features
If you've got too much reading to digest, try changing the menu.
Snapshot
37, 43, co-founders of Jack Black in Addison, Texas
Tech Toy
Get your message noticed when you print your signs on reusable plastic paper.
Wheels
New gadgets for your fleet keep your data and drivers safe.
Women
Don't let business rule your life 24/7. These successful businesswomen sure don't.
Buyers Guide
If you were waiting until the prices (and features) were right to buy a digital camera, then your wait is over.
Digital Edge
While 3G networks are stuck in wireless limbo, Wi-Fi is growing by leaps and bounds.
Gear
A big-company LaserJet for a small-business budget; label-making on your Windows
Hot Disks
Employee evaluations made easy, driving directions on your handheld and more
Net Profits
Many online affiliates are being bitten by software that wrongly credits Web site referrals. Are you a victim?
Solutions
How reliable is your ISP in a disaster? Simple steps can ensure your link to the Net survives.
Tech Buzz
The skinny on Internet SCSI
Wireless
Keep an eye on your employees in the field.
Wireless
A band-aid for your security until the real thing comes along
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