Franchises

The Top Home-Based Franchises of 2012
Franchises

The Top Home-Based Franchises of 2012

Want to start a business, but don't want to deal with an office or a storefront? These are the franchises for you.
Martial Arts Franchise Kicks Butt
Franchises

Martial Arts Franchise Kicks Butt

A martial arts franchise aims to drop-kick bullies and raise self-esteem while helping owners bring a professional approach to their business.
New Franchises Team Up and Make Co-branding Work
Franchises

New Franchises Team Up and Make Co-branding Work

Co-branding among franchises appeared to have lost its luster in recent years. But new concepts are emerging to prove that strategic combinations of businesses can cut costs and broaden the customer base.
How Two Firefighters Started Firehouse Subs Franchise
Franchises

How Two Firefighters Started Firehouse Subs Franchise

A firefighting-theme sandwich chain gets hot. Now with nearly 500 locations, it's grown to become one of the top sub-sandwich franchises in the U.S.
Freedom in a Fashion Franchise
Franchises

Freedom in a Fashion Franchise

Apricot Lane franchises operate as true boutiques. And they're growing fast.
Who You Gonna Call. . . Lice Lifters?
Franchises

Who You Gonna Call. . . Lice Lifters?

Sometimes you dream up business ideas, other times they find you. Here's the story of a franchise business dedicated to stomping out lice.
Sports Figures Invest in a Sweet Startup
Franchises

Sports Figures Invest in a Sweet Startup

As Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt franchisees, sports luminaries show their softer side.
The Hottest Sectors for Franchising
Franchises

The Hottest Sectors for Franchising

Our annual Franchise 500 listing reveals 14 sectors where franchising is booming with opportunity. Here's a look.
After a Post-9/11 Slump, an Entrepreneur Turns to Franchising
Franchises

After a Post-9/11 Slump, an Entrepreneur Turns to Franchising

Greg Carafello was at his flagship location on Sept. 11. He escaped after the second plane hit. Not only did he lose his main branch, but also his best friend.
Got-Junk Founder Meets House Painter, Starts New Franchise
Franchises

Got-Junk Founder Meets House Painter, Starts New Franchise

When Brian Scudamore of 1-800-Got-Junk hired a contractor to spruce up his old house, he found the second brand he'd been looking for. Now, the two have joined forces for 1-888-Wow-1Day! Painting.
Your Franchise Could Be Here
Franchises

Your Franchise Could Be Here

Aiming to fill vacancies, shopping centers partner with franchise companies to pre-approve space for new chain locations.
The Top New Franchises of 2012
Franchises

The Top New Franchises of 2012

New franchises are holding their own against older competition
The Danger of Being Franchisee No. 1
Franchises

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.
This Franchise Is a Flying Success
Franchises

This Franchise Is a Flying Success

A Seattle couple makes the jump into franchising with iFly.
Baristas, the Hooters of Coffee, Tries Reality TV
Franchises

Baristas, the Hooters of Coffee, Tries Reality TV

The Seattle coffee chain is holdings auditions to cast "hot young girls as servers" for a new reality show. A recent Tampa casting call, however, came up short.
Game On for Pizza Franchises
Franchises

Game On for Pizza Franchises

Forget football. Sales of America's favorite food will skyrocket on Super Bowl Sunday. That's good news for these pizza franchises.
Using an iPad to Boost Productivity
Technology

Using an iPad to Boost Productivity

Jaime and Mark Van Wye, owners of dog-training franchise Zoom Room, say they're running a more efficient business thanks to tablet technology. Here are their iPad tips.
McDonald's Social-Media Lesson: Critics Tweet Back
Franchises

McDonald's Social-Media Lesson: Critics Tweet Back

The hamburger chain admits that its new Twitter campaign, designed to promote the farmers who supply its meat, didn't go exactly as planned.
What to Consider Before Buying a Franchise
Franchises

What to Consider Before Buying a Franchise

Franchise ownership isn't for everyone, nor is every opportunity a gold mine. Here's a shortlist of what you need to know.
How to Avoid a Franchise Fad
Franchises

How to Avoid a Franchise Fad

Before sinking your money into a hot franchise concept, make sure it's the real deal -- not a dead duck.
Is Franchising the Best Option?
Franchises

Is Franchising the Best Option?

A growing company looking to bulk up its distribution channels has other options besides franchising. Here's a list.
Fitness Franchises Muscle Up
Franchises

Fitness Franchises Muscle Up

January is when Americans migrate from the bottomless eggnog bowl to the gym. Not surprisingly, fitness clubs win at least a third of all new memberships at the start of the year.
Will Burgers and Big Gulps Save the Economy?
Franchises

Will Burgers and Big Gulps Save the Economy?

Consider this look at the impact franchised businesses have on the U.S. economy -- and how doughnuts may be just what we need to rebound from the recession.
A Franchise Breathes Life Into the Casket Business
Franchise 500

A Franchise Breathes Life Into the Casket Business

A Kansas businessman takes on the staid funeral industry and creates a new franchise sector in the process.
Franchises a Draw for Minority Entrepreneurs
Franchises

Franchises a Draw for Minority Entrepreneurs

A greater percentage of Asians, African-Americans and other minorities are buying into franchised businesses, as opposed to starting their own independent businesses, says a recent study from the International Franchise Association.
Three Survival Stories From the Franchise World
Franchise 500

Three Survival Stories From the Franchise World

Fires, credit problems, medical emergencies--there's no end to the obstacles overcome by intrepid franchisees. Here's how three spirited entrepreneurs found success in the face of adversity.
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