Inside the March 2003 Issue
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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

Out on a Limb

When the money tree looks dry, sometimes you just have to create your own branch.
Be Your Own Boss Features

Homing In

We've narrowed the world of homebased franchises down to 101 top companies.
Biz 101

Laying Down the Law

Don't be legally blind--watch for these common start-up blunders.
Biz 101

Roast of the Town

Can the ordinary Joe find coffeehouse success in a Starbucks world?
Innovations

Play Your Cards Right

Presenting a case study in striking the best deals to launch your own great product on a limited budget
Opportunities

What's New 3/03

Visions of optical franchises dance through Macy's head.
Opportunities

On the Circuit

This couple exercises skill in owning a gym.
Opportunities

Grilling Prospects

After helping build a chain of sub shops, a franchisee chose to stir up something new in his hometown.
Real Life

Driving Forward

Read part two of our ongoing series on one couple's exciting trek into franchise ownership.
Smart Ideas

Blanket Statement

One entrepreneur makes a comfortable living after proving security blankets aren't just for kids anymore.
Whats Your Problem

Doing Your Detective Work

There are other ways to find out what the competition is charging besides asking them.
Almost Famous

Cold Gold

Striking a blow in the age-old quest to find a cure for the common cold
Editors Note

Badly Done

Creative Zone

Food for Thought

Creativity is an acquired taste, so start your company off with small bites.
Insurance

You Didn't Tell Me!

If your agent leaves out the good parts, get your day in court.
Legal

A Fran-What?!

Surprise! You may be involved in a franchise relationship and not even know it.
Management Buzz

Management Buzz 03/03

The long-term effects of employee theft; flexible "sick" days for your workers
Real Deal

Looking for a Punch in the Nose?

The only thing more annoying than a bad deal is a bad deal-maker.
Smart Moves

Private Business

The word from HIPAA is to keep it zipped when it comes to employee health issues.
Staff Smarts

Brake Time?

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

A Sure Thing

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

Passing Grade

These crib sheets don't cheat the safety tests.
Marketing Buzz

Marketing Buzz 03/03

Deciding if "wacky" will work for you; a "do not call" registry for telemarketers
Net Sales

Attention, Please

Yell out "Look at me!" for free by using other Web sites to your advantage.
Sales Force

You're Dismissed

Face it--part of your job is relieving others of theirs. So how do you do it right?
Sales Success

Step by Step

Having trouble remembering how to make a sale? Let us jog your memory.
Tactics

Friends and Foes

It sounds crazy, but your toughest competitor can be your greatest ally when you're vying for a sale.
Dollar Signs

Number Rustling

Feel like your accounting is getting out of control? Rein it in with the right software.
Funds

Value Pack

This fund thinks portfolio diversity is overrated.
Money Buzz

Money Buzz 3/03

A CD-ROM to organize your family's important papers, why life insurance may be illegal and more
Personal Finance

Weighing the Variables

Is a variable annuity for you? Depends on who's pitching it.
Raising Money

The Best-Relaid Plans . . .

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

SIMPLE Problems

The only way your SIMPLE plan will ever rival a 401(k) is if you get out and fight for it.
Biz Travel

Family Time

Turn business trips into holidays with these kid-friendly deals.
Books

Inside Job

Secrets to unleashing your inner salesperson
Capitol Issues

Tic Tax Toe

You might win tax breaks if a new bill plays out in your favor.
Flash

Hot Trends

Bright, bold colors make a splash, new "blankies" and more
Hot Seat

The Lowdown

This expert says tech has to get even worse before it can start getting better.
It Figures

It Figures 03/03

Last century's top 10 products, how entrepreneurs react to bad corporate citizenship and more
Smarts Features

United We Fall?

Worker interest in unions may threaten your business. How will you respond?
Smarts Features

Small World

Nanotechnology will soon mean big changes in the way you do business.
Smarts Features

Opt Out

Stock options aren't the only way to pay.
Smarts Features

Movers and Takers

Are you getting stiffed on relocation incentives?
Smarts Features

Double Duty

This entrepreneurial mayor takes community involvement to a whole new level.
Smarts Features

The EU Strikes Back

Will proposed EU import sanctions hit U.S. small businesses where it hurts?
Smarts Features

Balancing the Books

If you've got too much reading to digest, try changing the menu.
Snapshot

Emily Dalton and Curran Dandurand

37, 43, co-founders of Jack Black in Addison, Texas
Tech Toy

Sign of the Times

Get your message noticed when you print your signs on reusable plastic paper.
Wheels

Back It Up

New gadgets for your fleet keep your data and drivers safe.
Women

Your Turn

Don't let business rule your life 24/7. These successful businesswomen sure don't.
Buyers Guide

Camera Shy?

If you were waiting until the prices (and features) were right to buy a digital camera, then your wait is over.
Digital Edge

Why Wait?

While 3G networks are stuck in wireless limbo, Wi-Fi is growing by leaps and bounds.
Gear

Gear 03/03

A big-company LaserJet for a small-business budget; label-making on your Windows
Hot Disks

Hot Disks 03/03

Employee evaluations made easy, driving directions on your handheld and more
Net Profits

Quit Bugging Me!

Many online affiliates are being bitten by software that wrongly credits Web site referrals. Are you a victim?
Solutions

In Case of Emergency

How reliable is your ISP in a disaster? Simple steps can ensure your link to the Net survives.
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 3/03

The skinny on Internet SCSI
Wireless

Track 'Em Down

Keep an eye on your employees in the field.
Wireless

Safe! (For Now)

A band-aid for your security until the real thing comes along
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