Franchises

Turning Jocks Into Franchise Owners
Franchises

Turning Jocks Into Franchise Owners

A new program aims to help professional athletes tackle the franchise world when they retire from sports.
Help! My Franchise Is Failing
Franchises

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.
Social Marketing Is Best Served on a Combo Plate
Social Media

Social Marketing Is Best Served on a Combo Plate

To increase your sales, combine social media marketing with other forms of marketing.
Facebook Friends Franchises
Franchises

Facebook Friends Franchises

The social-networking giant joins the International Franchise Association, with plans to appear at the trade group's annual meeting.
Franchisees Who Grew Million-Dollar Businesses
Success Stories

Franchisees Who Grew Million-Dollar Businesses

With hard work and trust in the concept, franchisees can make it big. From a maid service, to a restaurant and a photography studio, here's how three entrepreneurs profited from their own spin on a franchise's business plan.
How to Find Funds to Launch a Franchise
Franchises

How to Find Funds to Launch a Franchise

Shelly Sun turned her health-staffing company, BrightStar Care, into a fast-growing franchise. But she almost ran out of cash along the way.
Would a Franchisor Make a Good President?
Franchises

Would a Franchisor Make a Good President?

GOP candidates Mitt Romney and Herman Cain both have franchise-industry experience. Columnist Mark Siebert looks at what a franchisor could bring to the White House.
How Social Media and a Sprinkle of Stardust Led to One Franchisee's Success
Success Stories

How Social Media and a Sprinkle of Stardust Led to One Franchisee's Success

A Fetch! Pet Care franchisee in the Los Angeles area credits celeb clientele and word of mouth for its growth.
How a Downsized Burrito Led to Franchise Success
Success Stories

How a Downsized Burrito Led to Franchise Success

A Moe's Southwest Grill franchisee's idea for a smaller, more healthful burrito was a hit with customers chainwide.
NBA's Gooden Buys Into Wingstop Franchise, Citing Lockout
Franchises

NBA's Gooden Buys Into Wingstop Franchise, Citing Lockout

The Milwaukee Bucks forward says he's thinking about his future as he signs pact to open four locations of the national hot-wings chain in Orlando.
Franchise Group Resists Union Rules
Franchises

Franchise Group Resists Union Rules

A major franchise group is speaking out against efforts to update union election rules, saying such a move could "effectively silence" employers during organizing drives by shortening the time between signature gathering and elections.
From Modest Roots to a 3,000-Salon Franchise
Success Stories

From Modest Roots to a 3,000-Salon Franchise

How the founders of Great Clips haircutting company built a thriving business.
How Rent-A-Grandma Got Started
Success Stories

How Rent-A-Grandma Got Started

For better quality child care, this franchisor turned to those with the most experience.
Hot Franchises: It's Boom Times for Movers
Franchises

Hot Franchises: It's Boom Times for Movers

The economy hasn't kept Americans from changing addresses or stashing their stuff, and that's good news for moving and storage franchises.
Friendly's Bankruptcy: A Lesson for Any Franchisee
Franchises

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.
Franchise Group Says Tax Reform Could Hurt
Franchises

Franchise Group Says Tax Reform Could Hurt

The new bipartisan "Super Committee" could trim the deficit by enacting tax measures that hurt franchise operators who file as individuals, the International Franchise Association says.
Is My Business Ready to Franchise?
Franchising Your Business

Is My Business Ready to Franchise?

If you're looking to expand, franchising can be ideal -- as long as you've got these six basics covered.
The Top Global Franchises of 2011
Franchises

The Top Global Franchises of 2011

Franchising is exploding in international markets, from Latin America to Asia to Europe and beyond. Here's a look at the franchises leading the worldwide expansion, along with insight on how to succeed on the global stage.
Six Tips for Taking Your Franchise Global
Franchises

Six Tips for Taking Your Franchise Global

Is your goal world domination? Here's advice on how to make your business concept a success outside the U.S.
A Bright Forecast for a Solar Panel Installation Franchise
Success Stories

A Bright Forecast for a Solar Panel Installation Franchise

A San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur harnesses tax credits and the power of the sun to fire up a successful solar panel installation franchise.
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
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