Entrepreneur: Latest from Jeff Elgin http://www.entrepreneur.com The latest small business tips and advice from Entrepreneur.com. en-us Copyright 2014 Entrepreneur.com Inc., All rights reserved. Entrepreneur.com webmaster@entrepreneur.com (webmaster) 5 Business Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT 8 Traits of Successful Franchisees Thinking about buying a franchise? It's not for everyone. Columnist Jeff Elgin says these personality types are most likely to succeed. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223405 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223405 Thinking about buying a franchise? It's not for everyone. Columnist Jeff Elgin says these personality types are most likely to succeed. Successful in Pizza? How About Oil Changes These days, franchisees looking to expand are trying their luck with other brands. Here are three tips for those who want to diversify. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 11:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223272 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223272 These days, franchisees looking to expand are trying their luck with other brands. Here are three tips for those who want to diversify. The Danger of Being Franchisee No. 1 Sure, it's a thrill to get in on the ground floor of a hot new concept. But it's risky to invest in an unproven business model. Here are questions to ask. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222761 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222761 Sure, it's a thrill to get in on the ground floor of a hot new concept. But it's risky to invest in an unproven business model. Here are questions to ask. Help! My Franchise Is Failing If your business hits a rough patch, you should be able to turn to your franchisor for assistance. Here's what you can expect to receive. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 08:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220598 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220598 If your business hits a rough patch, you should be able to turn to your franchisor for assistance. Here's what you can expect to receive. Friendly's Bankruptcy: A Lesson for Any Franchisee Our franchise columnist looks at what happens to any franchise operator when a parent company files for bankruptcy protection. Wed, 05 Oct 2011 10:15:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220485 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220485 Our franchise columnist looks at what happens to any franchise operator when a parent company files for bankruptcy protection. Beware of 'Song Birds' When Doing Homework on a Franchise Some franchisers will try to steer prospects to franchisees who will only sing their praises. Follow these five steps to make sure your research yields a more accurate picture of how a system is faring. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 00:24:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220288 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220288 Some franchisers will try to steer prospects to franchisees who will only sing their praises. Follow these five steps to make sure your research yields a more accurate picture of how a system is faring. How to Tell If a Franchisor's Marketing Will Make or Break You Take your time and develop a strong sense of how franchisees feel about each aspect of their marketing program before you decide to buy in. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 00:01:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220126 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220126 Take your time and develop a strong sense of how franchisees feel about each aspect of their marketing program before you decide to buy in. Will Dunkin' Go the Way of Burger King or McDonald's? Our franchise columnist looks how a change in the ownership structure can impact franchisees Fri, 29 Jul 2011 10:46:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220088 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220088 Our franchise columnist looks how a change in the ownership structure can impact franchisees Five Questions to Ask Franchisees Before You Become One When researching a franchise purchase, don't overlook your best source of information: current and former franchisees. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 00:20:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219786 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219786 When researching a franchise purchase, don't overlook your best source of information: current and former franchisees. Three Keys to Maximizing Franchise Success Making big bucks in the franchise world isn't a sure thing. It takes skill and hard work, but for the willing it can pay off. Fri, 27 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219710 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219710 Making big bucks in the franchise world isn't a sure thing. It takes skill and hard work, but for the willing it can pay off. How to Find Hot Franchises in a Cold Market What buyers look for when shopping for a franchise if a famous brand name doesn't top their list. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:01:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219551 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219551 What buyers look for when shopping for a franchise if a famous brand name doesn't top their list. Three Franchise Trends to Watch in 2011 A forecast suggests good news may be ahead for the industry. Mon, 27 Dec 2010 13:59:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217792 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217792 A forecast suggests good news may be ahead for the industry. Which Is Better: A Job or a Franchise? When jobs are scarce, franchise ownership can seem appealing, but prospective franchisees should weigh the pros and cons. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:48:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217537 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217537 When jobs are scarce, franchise ownership can seem appealing, but prospective franchisees should weigh the pros and cons. How Risky is That Franchise? 5 simple tests to determine whether a franchise opportunity is too risky for you Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217285 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/217285 5 simple tests to determine whether a franchise opportunity is too risky for you 4 Key Questions for Prospective Franchisees What to ask when you're researching a franchise opportunity--and how to get the answers Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:59:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/206928 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/206928 What to ask when you're researching a franchise opportunity--and how to get the answers Should 'Franchisee' Be Your Next Job Title? If you're looking for work in this market, buying a franchise might be a better option. Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/206808 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/206808 If you're looking for work in this market, buying a franchise might be a better option. Franchising ROI: What's Reasonable? How to determine whether a franchise investment makes financial sense Thu, 06 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/206466 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/206466 How to determine whether a franchise investment makes financial sense Finance Your Franchise With Retirement Funds If you're having trouble getting franchise financing from the traditional sources, consider this alternative. Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/206310 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/206310 If you're having trouble getting franchise financing from the traditional sources, consider this alternative. Thanking Veterans Is Great for Business Franchises are finding that veterans make fantastic business owners. Wed, 07 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205908 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205908 Franchises are finding that veterans make fantastic business owners. License to Thrive Medical franchises are just the latest in a long line of franchise opportunities that recruit licensed professionals as franchisees. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205662 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205662 Medical franchises are just the latest in a long line of franchise opportunities that recruit licensed professionals as franchisees. The Truth About Franchise Earnings Why franchises play it so close to the vest when it comes to money--and what it means to you Fri, 05 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205364 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/205364 Why franchises play it so close to the vest when it comes to money--and what it means to you Dirty Jobs: the Secret to Success in 2010 If you're searching for a recession-proof franchise, consider getting into the business of 'dirty jobs.' Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/204916 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/204916 If you're searching for a recession-proof franchise, consider getting into the business of 'dirty jobs.' Refranchising: Should You Buy In? Consider these factors before buying a company-owned franchise unit. Fri, 06 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/203932 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/203932 Consider these factors before buying a company-owned franchise unit. Get in the Driver's Seat Love cars? That love might just make you the perfect franchisee. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/203562 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/203562 Love cars? That love might just make you the perfect franchisee. Looking for a Great Business Idea? Stay Home A tour of the typical home reveals numerous opportunities to start a home services franchise. Tue, 01 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/203216 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/203216 A tour of the typical home reveals numerous opportunities to start a home services franchise. 5 Franchise Marketing Essentials Look for these qualities before you make an investment. Thu, 09 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202520 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/202520 Look for these qualities before you make an investment. 10 Things About Franchise Contracts- Part 2 Part two in the series of understanding the ins and outs of a franchise agreement contract, and how to protect yourself. Thu, 28 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201914 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201914 Part two in the series of understanding the ins and outs of a franchise agreement contract, and how to protect yourself. 10 Things About Franchise Contracts- Part 1 Reading the fine print and asking questions can save you from franchise calamity. Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201514 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201514 Reading the fine print and asking questions can save you from franchise calamity. Recession-Proof Franchises They're out there, and ready for you to take the reins. Thu, 23 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201394 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/201394 They're out there, and ready for you to take the reins. 5 Unconventional Ways to Fund Your Franchise As traditional funding sources dry up, franchisees have to get creative. Fortunately, reliable strategies aren't being kept secret. Thu, 12 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200676 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/200676 As traditional funding sources dry up, franchisees have to get creative. Fortunately, reliable strategies aren't being kept secret.