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  • Franchisor Spotlight: Interviewing the Franchisor

    Starting a New Business Advice Blog - FranNet Franchise Business Opportunity Consultant Blog
    FranNet
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    After you have completed the initial qualifications, it’s now time for you to speak directly to the franchisor. As you prepare for this conversation, you need to keep in mind this is the time for you to really learn about the company and get a feel for if this is the right business for you. […]
  • A Proper Introduction To Franchising

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    The Franchise King®
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Franchise Business University is now open for enrollment. If you’re looking into franchise ownership, or are thinking of doing so, check it out.   A Proper Introduction To Franchising Summer (for some) is a great time to work on detail-oriented projects. Lots of people are out of school, or on vacation. The sun is out. Beaches (except the ones that have been visited by sharks as of late) are busy. For my business, summer tends to be a bit choppy. It’s a great time for me to focus on new product development. My newest product: Online Franchise Courses I just finished putting…
  • Are Your Company’s Employee Performance Reviews a Waste of Time?

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    Rush Nigut
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    I read this article from Inc. magazine explaining why employee performance reviews are a waste of time and money. While I don’t necessarily disagree, my experience tells me they usually are awful for different reasons. In my opinion, most reviews are not conducted honestly. This leads to problems down the road with employee performance and then legal issues when employers seek to terminate poorly performing employees. I like to call this the Lake Wobegon effect:  Every employee becomes “above average” because supervisors are unwilling to hold employees accountable.  Then…
  • 62% of Franchisors Now Disclose Franchise Earnings

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    Rob Bond
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    As the publisher of three annual books on franchising and the manager of eight websites that deal solely with franchising, the World Franchising Network has long been fascinated with the increasingly favorable trend among franchisors to provide Financial Performance Representations (Item 19s) in their Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs). read more
  • La Quinta Holdings Inc. Reports Results For Second Quarter 2015

    Franchise News Wire by Franchising.com
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    La Quinta Holdings Inc. reported its second quarter results on a historical basis, as well as the results of operations on a pro forma basis, giving effect to La Quinta's initial public offering (IPO) in 2014 and the related transactions as described...
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  • A Proper Introduction To Franchising

    The Franchise King®
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Franchise Business University is now open for enrollment. If you’re looking into franchise ownership, or are thinking of doing so, check it out.   A Proper Introduction To Franchising Summer (for some) is a great time to work on detail-oriented projects. Lots of people are out of school, or on vacation. The sun is out. Beaches (except the ones that have been visited by sharks as of late) are busy. For my business, summer tends to be a bit choppy. It’s a great time for me to focus on new product development. My newest product: Online Franchise Courses I just finished putting…
  • Franchisors: Ignore This Piece Of Advice At Your Own Peril

    The Franchise King®
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    Once upon a time, there was no internet. No World Wide Web. (Ok. Not that long ago.) But, seriously, there wasn’t an efficient way for prospective franchise buyers to check out potential franchise opportunities. Clicking from one franchise website to another didn’t happen. It couldn’t happen…because there weren’t any websites to click to. How sad. So very sad. People looking to be their own bosses back then (pre-2000 or so) had a few choices. They could: 1. Drive up to their local library and thumb through business magazines and the classified ads always posted…
  • Franchise Ownership: How Cool Would It Be To Own Multiple Locations?

    The Franchise King®
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    That cool. I think it would be really cool to own more than one franchise location. Do you? Do you picture owning multiple locations?   Cruising Through Town Can you picture yourself cruising through town, visiting each of your franchise locations? Popping in to check up on things? Looking through receipts, calculator in hand? Counting. Meeting with your managers? Addressing issues? Solving problems? Walking back to your car, taking a backward glance at the business you built? Over and over again? That’s what owning multiple franchise locations might feel like. And, what a feeling…
  • Crisis Management: Subway Franchise Magicians Make Jared Fogle Disappear

    The Franchise King®
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
        The Subway PR team magicians have just made Jared Fogle disappear. Fogle is gone from time and space. You can’t (and won’t) find his name or his picture anywhere on the Subway corporate website. Wise move.   Speed When a reporter called me (yesterday) to ask questions about Subway-and the Jared Fogle crisis, I told her that, “Subway’s PR team has to move fast on this, and we should hear their response by the end of the day.” We did. From Reuters: “Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be…
  • What Winning Looks Like In Franchising

    The Franchise King®
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    If you were to buy a franchise, what would winning look like to you? Think about it for a moment. What are you seeing? What’s the visual? What is your visual?   Define Success What are your goals? If you decide to pull the trigger, and actually buy a franchise…become an Owner, what would need to happen for you to consider your business to be a winner…to be a success? Seriously: What would success “look” like like? What would success “feel” like? What would make the risk you took worth it? Can you define success in a personal way? You should. You…
 
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  • Are Your Company’s Employee Performance Reviews a Waste of Time?

    Rush Nigut
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    I read this article from Inc. magazine explaining why employee performance reviews are a waste of time and money. While I don’t necessarily disagree, my experience tells me they usually are awful for different reasons. In my opinion, most reviews are not conducted honestly. This leads to problems down the road with employee performance and then legal issues when employers seek to terminate poorly performing employees. I like to call this the Lake Wobegon effect:  Every employee becomes “above average” because supervisors are unwilling to hold employees accountable.  Then…
  • Women-Owned Business Grants

    Rush Nigut
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    I am often asked about business grants for women and minorities. In my experience these grants can be difficult to come by but they do exist. Here is an article from Entrepreneur discussing grants for women-owned businesses and also a link to the Targeted Small Business site with the Iowa Department of Economic Development.
  • Business Ownership Isn’t For Everyone

    Rush Nigut
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    My social media news feed is full of articles and stories about business ownership. I am a business lawyer. I represent business people. So it benefits me if I promote business ownership and in general I try to do just that. However, I am here to tell you that despite the mountains of articles talking about how successful you can become the truth is that business ownership isn’t for everyone. In fact, it probably isn’t for most people. Unfortunately, I see the heartache all too often. People who have invested their life savings, only to lose much of it –and…
  • Success in Business: Strategies for Inheritance

    Rush Nigut
    18 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Many small family businesses become quite successful and the owners manage to accumulate significant wealth. I ran across a good post discussing the ways the upper class manages their abundance through a mix of different strategies for inheritance. See the post from Stites on Estates here.
  • Unlimited Vacation, Free Beer and Kids at Work. Is this the Future Workplace?

    Rush Nigut
    4 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    CEOs and leaders of all organizations covet the creative culture of companies like Google or Zappos — it feels out of reach, but it may be right under their finger tips. The Iowa Creativity Summit is featuring Nancy Lyons of Clockwork in Minneapolis on May 28. Free beer, unlimited vacation and other fun perks are just a normal part of her work place, but is there something more to her culture? Under Nancy’s leadership, Clockwork has received more than 16 “Best Workplace” awards, has won the Psychologically Healthy Workplace, Diversity in Business, Best Women Owned Business, and…
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  • 62% of Franchisors Now Disclose Franchise Earnings

    Rob Bond
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    As the publisher of three annual books on franchising and the manager of eight websites that deal solely with franchising, the World Franchising Network has long been fascinated with the increasingly favorable trend among franchisors to provide Financial Performance Representations (Item 19s) in their Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs). read more
  • Hotel Burnham

    Stanley Turkel
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Located in the heart of Chicago's loop, the Hotel Burnham is one of the most important early skyscrapers in America. Originally built as the Reliance Building, it was designed by John Root and Charles B. Atwood of the Burnham and Root architectural firm. read more
  • Leading Franchisors Can Terminate Franchises at Will

    Joan Moriarty
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Franchisors of fourteen leading brands all give themselves the ability to terminate franchisees virtually at will, according to a Service Employees International Union analysis. This power comes from four provisions, common to the franchise agreements of major franchisors across several industries, from McDonald’s to Jazzercise, from 7-Eleven to Holiday Inn. read more
  • Emotions Are More Important to Millennials

    Robert Passikoff
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    As more marketers have focused on the Millennial Generation with efforts focused on capturing this cohort’s attentions, major budgets are being planned in the mistaken belief that Millennials are less brand loyal than other age cohorts, and require additional attention to create brand preference. read more
  • Do Franchise Buyers Need Due Diligence?

    Mario Herman
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    A recent article profiling McDonald’s franchise owners offers a case study on the issues that a potential franchisee might consider before buying a franchise. read more
 
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • Social Networking & Franchise Lead Generation Revisited

    Paul Segreto
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    In light of discussions at this year’s International Franchise Association Convention about “new” ways of generating franchise candidate leads, and as I continue to field an influx of questions from start up and emerging franchisors trying to find a “silver bullet” to jump-start franchise sales, I am again sharing the following article I wrote back in 2011 as the principles continue to apply to this day. Actually, they may apply even more today as more and more have adopted social networking platforms as major sources of securing information and for…
  • Financial Performance Representations in Digital Space – Friend or Foe to Franchising?

    Paul Segreto
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    At what point do you believe a Financial Performance Representation crosses the line outside franchise disclosure requirements? As discussed at various break-out sessions during the recent IFA Convention, social media has created many opportunities to present and discuss franchise opportunities across and through multiple channels, often linking from one social media platform to another. As many franchisors jockey for a competitive edge and increase their social media efforts, it’s important not to lose sight of franchise disclosure requirements. The practice of embedding financial…
  • 6 Key Points to Strong Franchise Relationships

    Paul Segreto
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:16 am
    Validation and multi-unit ownership are strong indicators that positively memorable experiences exist within your franchise system. Another way to confirm the existence of these experiences is simply to ask your franchisees: would you do it all over again? However, as a franchisor you must first earn the right to even be taken seriously if you ask this question. As you head down the path of creating positively memorable experiences with each and every franchisee, be sure to consider ALL touch points – even those beyond the obvious mediums of in-person, by phone and via email. Think…
  • Controlled Growth Key to Success for New Franchise Concepts!

    Paul Segreto
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:47 am
    Working with entrepreneurs exploring franchising as a business expansion strategy, I’m often asked the question, “How does a new franchise company sell franchises without brand recognition?” Here are my thoughts… Initially, the founder is the brand. It’s his or her passion for the business. It’s how he or she treats customers and employees alike. It’s how the business is promoted within the local market. Not just through typical advertising efforts, but through solid grassroots, organic efforts. The initial franchise candidates are actually the “low hanging…
  • Do Transitioning Corporate Executives [Really] Make Good Franchisees?

    Paul Segreto
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:39 pm
    This question was discussed on Linkedin approximately a year and a half ago, and the following is a comment from a franchise professional that I believe raises some very important additional questions about transitioning executives as franchisees. Maybe we could ask the question another way. How have franchisors succeeded when they awarded franchises to transitioning executives? . . . Puts a little different emphasis on it. We sometimes look at franchise success as up to the franchisor, i.e. it’s the franchisor’s job to be sure franchisees succeed, and that includes transitioning…
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  • Franchisor Spotlight: Interviewing the Franchisor

    FranNet
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    After you have completed the initial qualifications, it’s now time for you to speak directly to the franchisor. As you prepare for this conversation, you need to keep in mind this is the time for you to really learn about the company and get a feel for if this is the right business for you. […]
  • You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

    FranNet
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    In the franchise industry, there are countless individuals that prove day in and day out what hard work looks like for a business owner, and how rewarding it is to see their efforts make a difference in their community and in their life. At FranNet, we love to share success stories with others in hopes […]
  • Did You Lower The Bar For Your Business?

    FranNet
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    You’ve done it. You successfully own a franchise or new business and the first three years have passed without too much trouble. Now 10 years…15…20, each with its own unique opportunity to keep your business perspective fresh and exciting. How do you stay motived and keep your passion thriving? You’ve already overcome one of the […]
  • Be Unstoppable

    FranNet
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Think about it. To be completely unstoppable. And, no, it’s not impossible. Even with the fact that entrepreneurs face several challenges, becoming unstoppable could be as simple as switching up your habits and redefining old routines. First, if up until now all you have been doing is talking about becoming an entrepreneur, it’s time to […]
  • Be The Problem Solver

    FranNet
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    Here is the situation: you own a franchise or small business. It’s the first year, so you are working through the speed bumps every business faces. You have a handful of employees that are pulling your attention to a million different things, the budget is tight but your demands keep growing, and you are still […]
 
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  • Steps to Start Running an Agriculture and Forestry Business

    Franchise Strategist
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    10 Steps to Start Running an Agriculture and Forestry Business, This article is about how you can start an agriculture and forestry business from an expert on agricultural and forestry business., agricultural and forestry business,agriculture,forestry
  • TransFirst® Named International Franchise Association’s Preferred Vendor for Merchant Services

    Franchise Strategist
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    TransFirst® Named International Franchise Association’s Preferred Vendor for Merchant Services
  • Learning from the experts – Video for Small Business

    Franchise Strategist
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    If you missed the AM970 Business Breakfast a few weeks ago, here is a video of the radio event in it's entirety. If you're thinking of starting a new business or currently operate a small business this is a must watch "learning session" Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38BW-_tMaF8&feature=youtu.be
  • How to Follow-Up with Prospects and Win Business

    Franchise Strategist
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:27 pm
    How to Follow-Up with Prospects and Win Business 48% of sales people never follow up with a prospect 25% of sales people make a second contact and stop 12% of sales people only make three contacts and stop ONLY 10% of sales people make more than three contacts 2% of sales are made on the first contact 3% of sales are made on the second contact 5% of sales are made on the third contact 10% of sales are made on the fourth contact 80% of sales are made on the fifth to twelfth contact Inside sales training,sales tips,emails and prospecting,follow up emails in sales,sales scripts
  • WHAT ARE U.S. BUSINESS LEADERS WORRIED ABOUT MOST – AND HOW PREPARED DO THEY FEEL TO MANAGE THE RISKS?

    Franchise Strategist
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:53 am
    WHAT ARE U.S. BUSINESS LEADERS WORRIED ABOUT MOST - AND HOW PREPARED DO THEY FEEL TO MANAGE THE RISKS? While most companies continue to worry about rising medical and benefit costs, legal liability, and attracting and retaining skilled labor, 2015 results find many are increasingly concerned about cyber risks as well as global conflict and political instability. Franchise insurance, Medical, ACA, Obama, Economy,
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  • FDD Talk 2015: The Denny’s Franchise Opportunity (Financial Performance Analysis, Estimated Costs, and Other Important Stuff You Need to Know)

    Franchise Chatter
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    In this FDD Talk 2015 post, you’ll learn the following:Section I – Background information on the Denny’s franchise opportunity, including relevant news updatesSection II – Estimated initial investment for a Denny’s franchise, based on Item 7 of the company’s 2015 FDDSection III – Presentation and analysis of Denny’s financial performance representations, based on Item 19 of the company’s 2015 FDD, including information on the:2014 average net sales; food costs; crew labor; management labor; gross profit; taxes/fringe benefits; utilities;…
  • FDD Talk 2015: The Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Opportunity (Financial Performance Analysis, Estimated Costs, and Other Important Stuff You Need to Know)

    Franchise Chatter
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    In this FDD Talk 2015 post, you’ll learn the following:Section I – Background information on the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise opportunity, including relevant news updatesSection II – Estimated initial investment for a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise, based on Item 7 of the company’s 2015 FDDSection III – Presentation and analysis of Dunkin’ Donuts’ financial performance representations, based on Item 19 of the company’s 2015 FDD, including information on the:average gross sales by geographic region for continental U.S. freestanding Dunkin’…
  • FDD Talk 2015: The GameTruck Franchise Opportunity (Financial Performance Analysis, Estimated Costs, and Other Important Stuff You Need to Know)

    Franchise Chatter
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    In this FDD Talk 2015 post, you’ll learn the following:Section I – Background information on the GameTruck franchise opportunity, including relevant news updatesSection II – Estimated initial investment for a GameTruck franchise, based on Item 7 of the company’s 2015 FDDSection III – Presentation and analysis of GameTruck’s financial performance representations, based on Item 19 of the company’s 2015 FDD, including information on the:2014 average gross sales of GameTruck franchises in the United States that were owned by multi-unit franchisees…
  • FDD Talk 2015: The YogaFit Franchise Opportunity (Financial Performance Analysis, Estimated Costs, and Other Important Stuff You Need to Know)

    Franchise Chatter
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    In this FDD Talk 2015 post, you’ll learn the following:Section I – Background information on the YogaFit franchise opportunity, including relevant news updatesSection II – Estimated initial investment for a YogaFit franchise, based on Item 7 of the company’s 2015 FDDSection III – Presentation and analysis of YogaFit’s financial performance representations, based on Item 19 of the company’s 2015 FDD, including information on the:projected Annual Membership Operating Revenue; New Member Kit; Miscellaneous Revenue; Total Annual Operating Revenue;…
  • Franchise Costs: Detailed Estimates of Denny’s Franchise Costs (2015 FDD)

    Franchise Chatter
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Detailed Estimates of Denny’s Franchise Costs Based on Item 7 (Estimated Initial Investment) of Denny’s 2015 Franchise Disclosure DocumentFor a Denny’s Heritage Prototype Facility1.  Initial Franchise Fee:  $0 to $40,0002.  Building and Improvements:  $650,000 to $1,150,000The new Heritage prototype will be approximately 3,500 to 4,500 square feet with 25 to 70 seats. Heritage requires roughly 1 acre of real estate with 50 to 80 automobile parks. The interior uses Denny’s new Heritage design image.Real estate may range from $200,000 to $1,500,000 or more. If you…
 
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  • Bail Bonds in Atlanta, Georgia

    bestfranchise
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    There’s a new wave of businesses sweeping the Atlanta metropolitan area, and that is in the industry of bail bonds. Let’s think about it this way. The more people commit crimes, the more people there are that need bailed out of jail, right? The things that contribute to the increased need for these services are the general rise in numbers of the human population and the increase in unemployment. When these two things rise, so does the crime rate. When there are more people committing more crimes, a bail bondsman comes to the rescue. However, this franchise also has some potential…
  • Balboa Concepts – Best Houston Franchise

    bestfranchise
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Getting everything together to start your own franchise is nearly impossible unless you have some direction. At Balboa Concepts Inc in Houston, Texas, there is definitely direction provided for these young entrepreneurs. There are many jobs that this company is hiring for, but everyone starts at the same entry level account management position. For some people, this is a negative. For other people, it is a positive. Do you know who thinks that this is a negative? People who feel entitled. In America today, there aren’t a whole lot of people who actually want to put forth the work…
  • Sky Inc Nashville TN

    bestfranchise
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    Ever thought about running a Sky Inc franchise in Nashville, Tennessee? In this post, I’ll explain some of the systems in place that make everything easier for a marketing manager to run a successful advertising campaign for a Fortune 500 company. The less you have to worry about when you are in the trenches, so to speak, the better. The easiest way to succeed is in the preparation. Sky Inc 4544 Harding Pike Suite 211, Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 891-5260 Luckily for you, Sky Inc Nashville has some of the best systems in place to not only help you retain your top performing employees,…
  • What The Experts Aren’t Saying About Marketing And How It Affects You

    bestfranchise
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:45 pm
    For something to be recognized but for everyone to be knowledgeable about a specific product, occasion or scenario, advertising and marketing is important. It educates a mass audience in a straightforward and often economical ways and also provides different returns for the marketer. There are many forms of advertising and marketing available all which are effective however some types have the capability to get to larger masses than other kinds. Of the many forms available radio advertising and marketing, tv advertising and marketing adverts in papers but journals as well as the circulation…
  • What You Can Do About Marketing Starting In The Next 10 Minutes

    bestfranchise
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Net has actually changed the method business is done today. The additional you understand the online marketing approaches but advertising devices, the better the possibilities are that you will certainly do well. There are lots of business plans and also strategies that if used correctly could generate you bigger earnings. Allow us have a look at the various online marketing methods. Blogging: Blogging constructs a deep as well as is an interactive means of marketing your online business. Depending upon your creativity the results can be quite overwhelming. It is a solid method of creating…
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  • Franchising: The Beauty Industry

    Joel Libava
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:45 pm
    The beauty industry is huge. Lots of people spend lots of money to look beautiful. Or, to look younger. And, it’s not just women who spend oodles of money on beauty-related products and services. Men are spending money, too. If you’re thinking of becoming the owner of a franchise, don’t forget the men. They buy stuff, too!   Going Natural One of the biggest trends in beauty has to do with a consumer’s willingness to spend money on natural and organic beauty products. According to Nielsen, natural and organic beauty products have experienced a whopping 24% compound…
  • Starting A Franchise? What’s Your Why?

    Joel Libava
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    (This Is a Guest Post from Jane Stein, President of Your Franchise is Waiting) So, you’re thinking of starting a franchise. Congratulations! But, why? Why do you want to be your own boss? What is your reason? __________________________________________________ People turn to franchising for all kinds of reasons. These are the top three:  What’s your why? 1. You’re tired of working for someone else, putting in all the effort and not reaping the benefit of your ideas and efforts.  Or worse, you’ve been laid off a few times and don’t think you have it in you to go through that…
  • Franchising: Start Your Own Thing

    Joel Libava
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:56 pm
    I love sharing things that impact me. But, I’m picky. I’m very picky about what I share. But, I have to share a *video I watched over the weekend. I. Have. To. *It’s actually a television commercial–I was able to find it online using my Google search prowess.   Leaving Your Job To Start Your Own Thing That’s the title I’m giving the Quicken Loans television commercial below. It’s part of their “Buy In” promotion. It got me.     Did it get you?   The post Franchising: Start Your Own Thing appeared first on The Franchise…
  • How To Effectively Run A Business

    Joel Libava
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    (Guest Post From Richard Blake.) Any business owner who wants to run a company effectively needs to be aware of a number of factors. Being an entrepreneur is a challenging and fulfilling experience that varies according to aspects such as business size and the type of industry. You need to be able to deal with various business operations that include making sales, deliveries, funding and management. You will be responsible for facilitating business growth while simultaneously trying to be successful. It is vital for you to be able to keep stakeholders, such as clients, interested in order for…
  • Franchising: How To Know When You’ve Found The One

    Joel Libava
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:10 am
    (Guest Post From Homewatch CareGivers – Franchise Development) Deciding to buy a franchise business can be compared with getting married, with many similar steps leading up to that moment of signing documents to make it official. Not everyone approaches the process in the same way: when looking for a date, some people go to a mixer and talk to fellow singles, whereas others are more comfortable going online and researching possible matches on dating sites. The same can be said of looking for the right franchise fit—you might like to get to know the prospects online or you could be more…
 
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  • Understand How JumpBunch Partnerships Work

    cyphers
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    It can be difficult to imagine how JumpBunch can offer over 70 unique sport activities and then tailor each for different age groups, from toddlers to preschool, to school age children. After all, what kinds of “sports” could you possibly teach toddlers? Check out the new video produced by JumpBunch showing classes in action at each level. Several short interviews with JumpBunch coaches and a teacher help explain some of the hidden benefits of the fun but structured play. Parents and teachers watching the video can appreciate the advantages of an enrichment program like JumpBunch showing…
  • A Look at the Children’s Franchise Industry By The Numbers

    cyphers
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Good news! Children’s franchises are continuing to grow in popularity. Here are some statistics that exemplify the success that our industry is experiencing: The amount of children in the U.S. is continuing to grow. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 74 million children in the United States and this number is projected to increase to roughly 80.3 million by 2030. The market for providing children’s services is strong. According to a 2014 FranchiseGrade report, the sector – including educational services, child day care, sports/fitness training and enrichment/arts…
  • Top 5 Support Systems to Look for in a Franchise

    cyphers
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    The beauty of franchise ownership is the freedom to run your own business within the existing support of the established brand. If you find the right franchise, you don’t have to go at it on your own. You will get training up front and ongoing support to keep your business growing and flourishing. But the level of support you receive is certainly not guaranteed across all franchise opportunities. So it’s important to make sure you do your research and confirm that the franchise you’re interested in will provide the level of support you need once you sign on the dotted line. To avoid…
  • Franchisee Success Requires a Strong but Flexible Brand

    cyphers
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The children’s sports and fitness franchise industry is offers many different opportunities to choose from. It’s important to identify the strengths and weaknesses of all the options before you make your final choice. Some enrichment programs serve a narrow age group or offer just one sport or a limited range of activities. This can leave owners with few options to build their business, react to market changes or best serve their local demographics. On the other hand, no business should try to be “all things to all people.” Great franchisers recognize their core strength and build on…
  • Create Franchise Success By Solving Parents’ Problems

    cyphers
    20 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    There is a popular saying in entrepreneurial circles that states ‘don’t simply start a business, solve a problem.’” As a JumpBunch franchise owner, if you can solve a parent’s problem and create a must-have service, the chances of being successful are much higher. As you all know, the struggle to keep children active is a huge problem in today’s society. Only one in three children are physically active every day and on average, kids spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen. A lot of parents recognize this as an important issue, however they can find it…
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  • Why You’re Letting a 33% Boost in Revenue Slip Through Your Fingers

    Signpost
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    Repeat After Me: Repeat Customers Are My Best Customers If you’re like most small business owners, you spend the majority of your waking hours focusing on what you can do to drive new customers. Of course you want to see as many new faces as possible walking through your door, but don’t let the chase […]
  • Signpost to Participate at 2015 International Franchise Expo

    Ryan Sommer
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    Signpost today announced participation as a silver sponsor at the 2015 International Franchise Expo (IFE) June 18-20 at the Javits Center in New York City. The global expo brings together franchise concepts at all investment levels, with qualified delegates seeking to own their own business or grow current franchise best practice via the latest business […]
  • Glassdoor Names Stuart Wall A Highest Rated CEO

    Signpost
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Today Signpost’s CEO Stuart Wall was named one of Glassdoor’s highest rated CEOs. Glassdoor, known as the most transparent jobs and careers marketplace, releases this annual report highlighting the Highest Rated CEOs in several countries. Stu ranks #16 out of 25 on the list of U.S. of companies (with less than 1,000 employees) with a 92% […]
  • Signpost Gives Back through Publicolor Program

    Ryan Sommer
    11 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    The Signpost NYC staff was out in force over the weekend in order to promote school pride and lend a helping hand at Creston Academy in The Bronx.   Our staff was matched with pupils from Creston, as well as other students from NY schools in the Publicolor program, which offers scholarships, mentoring and hands-on beautification […]
  • Our New Financing Led by Georgian Partners

    Stuart Wall
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    Today I’m excited to announce the closing of a $20.5M equity financing round led by Toronto-based Georgian Partners along with Spark Capital, OpenView Venture Partners, Scout Ventures and the Launch Fund.   For the last three years, Signpost has been focused on empowering local businesses to be world class marketers. We have relentlessly iterated our offering […]
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