Inside the January 2009 Issue
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The Best Things in Life are Free

We show how you can start, run and grow your business for, you guessed it, free.

Best and Worst Marketing Ideas . . . Ever

Take a cue from these 13 killer campaigns--and 5 flops.

Employee Benefits in Today's Economy

In tough times, company perks tend to take the hit first. But how do you axe them while keeping employees happy?


Bright Lights, Green Cities

These brothers have set big goals, but that's the only way to make big change.

Why I Finally Quit

One employee explains what drove him to resign.

Franchising Hot Spots

Which franchise categories hold the most promise for 2009? We break it down and give you the first look.

How are Franchisees Dealing?

The economy has many businesses in a slump. We spoke with several franchisees to see how they're overcoming obstacles.

The Anatomy of an FDD

We break down your most tedious--and valuable--franchise research tool into digestible bites.

How to Research a Franchise

One of the most important parts of buying a franchise is doing your homework. So get out there and grill the people who know the franchise best.

Subway Hits the Spot

The No. 1 franchise on our 30th Annual Franchise 500® marks some milestones of its own.

Top 10 Franchises for 2009

Here's how this year's biggest franchise players stack up.

Crappy New Year

Survive '09 by reducing expenses and watching cash flow.

The Cost of a Price Hike

When it's time to add fees, be clear about what and why.

Where it's Greener

As sustainability becomes more important, these cities are setting the standard.

Love Where You Work

When considering a business location, think about more than regulations.

Those Who Plan Together, Travel Together

Social networking sites take some of the work out of business travel.

The Salary Secret Is Out

New websites let employees share pay rates; employers should take heed.

A Sedan for Showing Off

Acura's latest luxury car combines gears and gadgets.

Good Connections

Without a solid system for networking, what good are good connections?

Time to Sell?

The news is bleak, but in the right market and industry you can sell your business.

Keeping Tabs on Cash Flow

If the money disappears, so does your business.

Can You Handle the Risk?

Make sure your risk tolerance and investment strategy align.

Should You Ban Tech Gadgets From Meetings?

There comes a point when gadgets detract from meetings. Or does there?

Mac or PC?

Two business owners reveal why they like one system over the other.

Collaborate Virtually

Work together online with these new services.

A Service to Simplify Sign-ons

OpenID reduces the number of passwords and user names you need.

Starting the Mobile Content Revolution

The mobile content revolution started with Brian Levin.

10 Blogs to Write Today

If blogging is part of your marketing plan, get started on these ideas.

The Animoto Revolution

How this band of hipsters is taking photo sharing into the 21st century

Perfect Your Pitch

If you want to secure venture capital, avoid these 8 mistakes.

A Site That Reflects Your Biz

A website should be an online extension of your business.

Join the Tweetup

Microblogging is fast becoming the way to connect and keep up.

After the Honeymoon...

The honeymoon is easy. Once it's over, you have to meet problems head on.
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