Franchises

Beware of 'Song Birds' When Doing Homework on a Franchise
Franchises

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.
Three Franchises Far From Business As Usual
Franchises

Three Franchises Far From Business As Usual

From rock 'n roll to divorce to kickball, these companies take franchising to a new creative level.
How a Business-School Grad Became a Successful Franchisee
Franchises

How a Business-School Grad Became a Successful Franchisee

After college, a twentysomething rejects loftier professions and becomes Sir Grout's hardest-working franchisee.
98 Brave New Franchises
Franchises

98 Brave New Franchises

Our annual list of new businesses in the world of franchising. Plus, a look at four franchisors with innovative, fresh approaches.
How to Tell If a Franchisor's Marketing Will Make or Break You
Franchise Buying Guide

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.
Will Dunkin' Go the Way of Burger King or McDonald's?
Franchise Zone

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
Sizing Up a Franchise in Six Steps
Researching a Franchise

Sizing Up a Franchise in Six Steps

Follow this outline to determine which franchise may be the right one for you.
Franchises

The Top 30 Franchises in the Business of Caring

Use our list of 30 child-, health- and senior-care franchises to find the right opportunity for you.
A Franchise Thanksgiving
Marketing

A Franchise Thanksgiving

If you find yourself taking your local Subway for granted, Franchise Appreciation Day offers an opportunity to show your support.
How Your Franchisees Can Be Your Best Sales People
Franchising Your Business

How Your Franchisees Can Be Your Best Sales People

If your system is performing, your best marketing reps are your franchisees.
Buyer Beware: Franchise Warning Signs
Franchise Buying Guide

Buyer Beware: Franchise Warning Signs

What to look out for when researching a franchise opportunity.
Franchise Slashes Fees to Spur Jobs
Franchises

Franchise Slashes Fees to Spur Jobs

Anago Cleaning Systems founder David Povlitz is lowering the price for its master franchises to $35,000 to help promote self-employment.
What Small-Business Owners Can Learn from the Dodgers' Financial Woes
Management & Operations

What Small-Business Owners Can Learn from the Dodgers' Financial Woes

A bankruptcy attorney offers his top three lessons from the ball club's Chapter 11 filing.
The 10 Most Popular Franchises for Military Veterans
Researching a Franchise

The 10 Most Popular Franchises for Military Veterans

Veterans have myriad opportunities for franchise success--often at special rates. Here's a look at some of the best options.
How One Army Veteran Made a Smooth Career Transition to Franchising
Success Stories

How One Army Veteran Made a Smooth Career Transition to Franchising

Snap-on Tools franchisee Greg Welch puts training into action.
All the Right Moves
Franchises

All the Right Moves

These franchisees packed up their homes and their previous careers to pursue small-business success in new cities
Five Questions to Ask Franchisees Before You Become One
Franchise Buying Guide

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.
195 Franchises You Can Start For Under $50,000
Franchises

195 Franchises You Can Start For Under $50,000

Our annual list of low-cost franchises.
An Outsourced Accounting Franchise Goes Hi-Tech
Success Stories

An Outsourced Accounting Franchise Goes Hi-Tech

BookKeeping Express helps small-business owners virtually manage the back office.
How a Franchisee Turned a Passion for Travel into a Successful Business
Success Stories

How a Franchisee Turned a Passion for Travel into a Successful Business

Lower startup costs helped this seasoned cruiser live her dream to share her passion for on-ship vacations.
How to 'Reverse Engineer' Franchise Success
Franchising Your Business

How to 'Reverse Engineer' Franchise Success

If you're planning to start a franchise with the aim of selling it one day, you'll need to plan ahead with your end goal in mind. Here's advice that can help get you started.
Three Keys to Maximizing Franchise Success
Franchise Buying Guide

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.
Big Moves: Leaving Corporate America -- and Relocating -- for a Franchise Opportunity
Franchises

Big Moves: Leaving Corporate America -- and Relocating -- for a Franchise Opportunity

Instead of letting a promising deal get away, a Texas couple moves across the state -- and finds even more than they bargained for.
A Window Washer Puts Workers in Kilts to Skirt Competition and Build Its Brand
Success Stories

A Window Washer Puts Workers in Kilts to Skirt Competition and Build Its Brand

A unique cleaning franchise recently expanded to the U.S. from Vancouver, British Columbia, via Scotland.
The Top 101 Home-Based Franchises
Franchises

The Top 101 Home-Based Franchises

Sometimes the best ideas for launching a business can start right at your kitchen table--and stay there
The Top 10 Commercial Cleaning Franchises
Franchises

The Top 10 Commercial Cleaning Franchises

These franchisees have discovered how cleaning up other people's messes can become big business.
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