Inside the Spring 2008 Issue
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Up & Running

You can do a lot in 30 days--like start a business. Follow these steps to get going in less than a month.

10 Reasons to Buy a Franchise

When it comes to buying a franchise, the ultimate question isn't "Should I?" but "Why not?"

The Next Steps

You've decided to take the plunge. Now what?

Two's Company

Is your dynamic duo likely to become an explosive one? Before jumping into a business partnership, ask yourself these 7 key questions.

I Now Pronounce You...

Running a business with your spouse has its share of hurdles, but the finish line can be worth the effort.

The More, the Merrier?

Make sure your business doesn't have too many cooks.

Strapped for Cash?

Getting money to fund a startup can be a major challenge for newbie entrepreneurs--but don't worry, we've got some ideas.

Feel the Heat

We've got the hottest business ideas for 2008--and sizzling tips for getting in on the action.


Ask a Lawyer

Three-Ring Circus

What you need to juggle several startups at once.
Ask Jim(R)

Wish Granted?

Ask the answer man and you shall receive.

Virtual Reality

When it comes to getting help, business owners are finding it pays to go virtual.

Everyone Wins

Using contests to garner interest in your products is a win-win.

Make Me a Match

Need a manufacturer that understands you and your business? Research is key.

Dream Big

Is your idea destined for the big leagues? See if it meets these standards first.

Want to start a business online?

Here are a few of the easiest ways to do it

One for the Troops

Could the military be knocking at your door--your business's door, that is?
Money Matters

In the Cards?

While enticing, credit cards may not be the best way to finance your startup.
Success Coach

Superhero's Journey

Get your business flying with a little inspiration and watch as impossible feats seem more and more possible.
Tech Talk

Get Wired

On the road, in the office or somewhere in between? Here's how to stay connected.

Green Thumbs

It's a jungle out there with all the green products and services to choose from. So start a business that helps consumers sort through it all.
Hot Biz


Uncover trends before everyone else does--and build a business with staying power.
Launch Pad

Mom to the Corps

Allison O'Kelly helps working moms like herself climb the ranks--without sacrificing the mom part along the way.

All in the Family

Between raising kids and raising sales, these franchisees found a way to have it all.

Keeping Post

A hurricane and marketing woes couldn't keep these persistent franchisees down.
Sales And Marketing

Have it Your Way

Want a formula for overcoming objections? The key is to ask the right questions.
Smart Ideas

Mother Knows Best

For Julie Dix, adding soft satin tags to her son's blanket led to the creation of a multimillion-dollar business.
Smart Ideas

Going for the Goal

This sports nut turned a childhood game into a successful business.
Smart Ideas

Custom-Made Convenience

This entrepreneur's painting the town--and doing it comfortably.
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