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The Top Home-Based Franchises of 2012
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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.
Tracy Stapp Herold
How Two Firefighters Started Firehouse Subs Franchise
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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.
The Hottest Sectors for Franchising
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The Hottest Sectors for Franchising

Our annual Franchise 500 listing reveals 14 sectors where franchising is booming with opportunity. Here's a look.
Tracy Stapp Herold
The Top New Franchises of 2012
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The Top New Franchises of 2012

New franchises are holding their own against older competition
Tracy Stapp Herold
A Franchise Breathes Life Into the Casket Business
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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.
Three Survival Stories From the Franchise World
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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.
Gwen Moran
How a Franchise Can Play the Real Estate Market
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How a Franchise Can Play the Real Estate Market

For some franchises, the depressed real estate market is an opportunity to renegotiate leases and focus on newly available sites.
How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document
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How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document

Let's face it: A Franchise Disclosure Document, with its piles of legalese, can be daunting. We help you read between the lines.
How Tasti D-Lite Finds Success with Social Media
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How Tasti D-Lite Finds Success with Social Media

The frozen dessert franchise, in business since 1987, has become the poster child for online engagement in the franchise world.
Kara Ohngren Prior
For Restaurant Chains, A Homespun Challenge
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For Restaurant Chains, A Homespun Challenge

Many restaurant franchises begin as small-town favorites. But when regional expansion calls, keeping that local flavor is difficult. How three chains have managed it.
What's Hot (or Not) for Franchises in 2012
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What's Hot (or Not) for Franchises in 2012

Burgers, hotels, frozen treats -- it's all looking (and tasting) great. Fancy hams and tanning salons? Outlook not so good.
Michelle Juergen
The Top 10 Franchises for 2012
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The Top 10 Franchises for 2012

These franchises made their way to the top by giving customers what they want: tasty food, quick service, quality care and non-pointy soap.
And the No. 1 Franchise Is. . . Hampton Hotels
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And the No. 1 Franchise Is. . . Hampton Hotels

Hampton Hotels continues to dominate the U.S. franchising landscape, holding the No. 1 spot on this year's Franchise 500 List. The chain aims to bring value -- and a hot breakfast -- to travelers worldwide.
Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan
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Tips for Finding a Franchise Loan

SBA franchise loans are on the rise, but you still need seed money and a carefully honed business plan. The SBA's Steve Smits provides advice.
Michelle Goodman