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Ask Entrepreneur - Franchises

Franchises

Which Franchise Markets Are Most Profitable?

Given the current economy, when looking into buying a franchise, which franchise industries are the hottest for buying into right now? Which markets would you avoid? Why? What other advice can you sha...
Marketing

What's the Best Way to Acquire New Sales Leads?

I have launched a new company with my partners. We are using trial and error to acquire new leads but the difficulty of introducing a startup company seems far-fetched. How can we show our skills with...
Marketing

How Can I Market My Online Business?

I am in the process of opening a bakery called Gabby's Bake Shop. We do not have a physical storefront for walk-in service. Instead, we have <a href="http://www.gabbysbakeshop.com/">a website</a> with...
Grow Your Business

How Do I Find Someone to Run My Business?

I own a small restaurant and bar that I operate from a rented building. I am looking for help to run the business because of a recent injury. How do I find someone who will run it honestly? What pitfa...
Grow Your Business

How Can I Land My First Client?

I have a small commercial cleaning company. I have been trying to get business for more than three months but have not been successful. I have been passing out flyers as business cards. And have not h...
Human Resources

Are Owners Required to Provide Past Employee Pay Slips?

As an employer in California, we provide printed pay slips and mail them to our employees. Many do not keep track of them and continue to ask us to send them six months of past pay slips. Legally do w...
Legal Basics For Startups

Do I Need a Trademark?

My business is an internet-based film production company. Do I have to trademark my company name in order to use it in every state within the U.S. and countries outside of the U.S.? What other legal i...
Legal Basics For Startups

How Can I Make Sure I Get Paid?

I currently have a small business that is bringing in a decent amount of work doing street light location design in Phoenix. I had been working with a smaller company that was bought by a larger compa...
Legal Basics For Startups

What Are My Rights as an Investor?

My partner and I started a restaurant two years ago. He put in the majority of the money, but I invested about 20 percent and have been running the restaurant by myself. Due to certain differences, he...
Money

How Much Should I Pay Retailers for Selling My Product?

I want to start selling my handmade jewelry in boutiques, but I do not know much of the profits should go to the owner of the shop. Any advice?
Starting a Business

How Do I Start an Online Business?

I want to start a health and wellness website. How do I go about getting this all put together? How much money should I expect to spend? What are some of the basic factors I'll need to consider to get...
Social Media

How Do I Build a Social Network for My Business?

What would be the type and cost of information technology infrastructure necessary to build a new social networking platform with capabilities like Facebook or Linkedin from scratch? I'm looking for r...
Starting a Business

How Can I Add E-Commerce to My Business?

We sell luggage products like trolley bags, suitcases, laptop bags, backpacks and more. We'd like to start selling them online, too. How should we get started? What should we consider? What resources...
Franchises

How Do I Close Down My Franchise?

I sent a letter to our franchisor and to our lessor informing them that I am not renewing the franchise agreement. Since our lease contract will end soon, the franchisor offered to operate the busines...
Starting a Business

How Do I Open a Bar?

It has been my dream to start a bar of some type. My mother and grandmother have worked as bartenders and cocktail waitresses. I don't want to open a grill or restaurant -- just a bar where people can...

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