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Entrepreneur | January 2012
January 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.

One Young Entrepreneur's Million-Dollar Idea in Mobile Gaming

A Princeton dropout makes waves with mobile gaming and payment services.

A Search-Engine Startup with the Frequent Flyer in Mind

MileWise lets users manage their travel rewards programs and search for flights that offer them maximum benefits

New Option for Online Backup Offers USB Ease Without the Fear of Data Loss

iTwin combines the strengths of web-based data storage with flash drives.

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Using Barter to Help a Business Succeed

Fish vendor Mack Chaffin joined a bartering group to subsidize the marketing services he needed to grow his business.

When to Mix Work and Play on a Business Trip

An in-depth look at the delicate art of combining business and personal travel.

Brewing Up a New Business Idea from a Coffee Castoff

KonaRed squeezes a smart business out of coffee production leftovers.

Startup has Sky-High Aspirations for Roadable Aircraft

An aviation enthusiast's invention leaps from the road to the wild blue yonder.

Building a Business on Storytelling and a Spoken-word GPS

Broadcastr pins people's stories to a map of the world, creating a collective living history.

Five Ways to Become Clutter-Free

A look at the high price of owning too much stuff, and what you need to know to shed at least some of it.

New Tools Make it Easier to Build a Facebook Fan Page

ShortStack offers hungry businesses a lumberjack breakfast's range of Facebook page options.

A New Way to Get Customized Service Quotes

This online platform lets consumers more easily connect with nearby small businesses.

How to Become Your Company's Storyteller

Biographies, product histories and compelling anecdotes can lend a personal touch to any brand--and this resonates with consumers. Here's how to tell your tale.

How to Build In-House Expertise for Mobile

In this Ask a Geek column, our expert offers advice on in-house development for mobile and web applications.

CharityBuzz's Big Idea: Altruistic Online Auctions

An upscale auction site offers ultimate access to big-name talent -- and charities reap the rewards

An Inside Look at an Online Catalog Makeover

A sporting goods site puts the emphasis on content and wins big.

How 'Augmented Reality' Software Can Blur the Lines Between Online and Offline Worlds

Total Immersion's Augmented Reality software solutions gives heavy metal band Mastodon an edge with fans.

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.

Why Content Is Still King When It Comes to Lead Generation

The right mix attracts search engines, generates page views -- and turns browsers into buyers

What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from Hair Club for Men

Three tips to build a business that has staying power and remains relevant through the years.

People Are Always Misinterpreting My Emails. What Am I Doing Wrong?

The Esquire guy suggests we all could benefit from a Robert De Niro approach to e-mailing.

Printers Have Gone Stylish

Get rid of those bulky, beige nightmares and enhance your office with some sleek new models.

Should an Employer Allow an Employee to Work on a Side Business?

A professor of business ethics advises on if and when to allow employees to moonlight on startups of their own.

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

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.

How Entrepreneurs with Social Vision Secured Venture Capital

VCs help sharpen Warby Parker's focus on the eyeglass industry.

Jargon: Mucus Trouper

Definition: The colleague who always gets the worst colds, yet still makes it in to work to cough, hack and infect the entire office.

Three Ways Entrepreneurs Are Using Mobile Commerce to Grow

Mobile payment systems such as Swipe, Pay Anywhere and Square offer merchants free readers, apps, activation and cancellation.

Transforming Business With Mobile Payments

Small businesses are embracing new mobile payment systems, allowing them to make sales without the high fees and long-term contracts associated with traditional credit card processing.

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.

Meet the Entrepreneur of 2011 Award Winners

Read the inspiring stories behind Entrepreneur magazine's award winners, including the top college and emerging entrepreneurs.

Chris Brogan on Cultivating Visibility

The popular blogger shares tips to make marketing more of a flow than an interruption.

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.

Editor's Note: The Joy of Geeking Out

Entrepreneur Magazine's Editor-in-Chief Amy Cosper on reimagining technology.

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.

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

Burgers, hotels, frozen treats -- it's all looking (and tasting) great. Fancy hams and tanning salons? Outlook not so good.

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

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.

How Pizza Hut Made a Comeback

Lower prices and a new restaurant design propel Pizza Hut back into the top 10 on this year's Franchise 500 List.

Three Franchise Industries to Watch

Here's a look at three of the most popular industries in this year's Franchise 500 and the trends that are shaping their future.

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