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  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

    Starting a New Business Advice Blog - FranNet Franchise Business Opportunity Consultant Blog
    FranNet
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    It’s almost like George Eliot was speaking straight to the late blooming entrepreneurs. Most of us reach a certain age and feel it’s too late to start chasing old fantasies and begin again. The wonderful thing about success is its impromptu character – it could happen at anytime time in life for the wildest of […]
  • Technology Can Deliver the Franchise Experience Customers Expect

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    Lizette
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I normally do not accept guest posts, but Jay Malcom and his company ExpandShare come highly recommended to me and they have an innovative solution to train staff of franchisees which can be difficult for most franchisors. In general franchisors are highly effective at training franchisees, but it is a different story when it comes to training the employees of franchisees, specially those of restaurants and similar lower skill level jobs.  ExpandShare offers a great answer to deal with these challenges.  (Please note that we are not associated with ExpandShare.)   Using Learning…
  • FDD Talk 2015: The MOOYAH Franchise Opportunity (Financial Performance Analysis, Estimated Costs, and Other Important Stuff You Need to Know)

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    Franchise Chatter
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    In this FDD Talk 2015 post, you’ll learn the following:Section I – Background information on the MOOYAH franchise opportunity, including relevant news updatesSection II – Estimated initial investment for a MOOYAH franchise, based on Item 7 of the company’s 2015 FDDSection III – Presentation and analysis of MOOYAH’s financial performance representations, based on Item 19 of the company’s 2015 FDD, including information on the:2014 average gross sales for the top tier of MOOYAH Restaurants (i.e. those that achieved Gross Sales above $775,000) and were…
  • You Open Your Franchise And This Happens

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    28 Jun 2015 | 10:11 pm
    The time: Two months after you opened your new franchise business The place: Your office Your frame of mind:     The reason: (See the 1st image)       Those are crickets.   You Open Your Franchise And This Happens Imagine investing $250,000 on a franchise business. Really. Imagine it for a minute. Feel it. Now imagine having no customers. None. Nada. Niet een. Ninguém. Niente. Pas du tout. Thank you for those translations, Babylon.com It would really suck. What would you do? How would you handle it?   Could It Happen? You bet your a$@ it could. It’s…
  • Franchise Buyers Need To Take A Step Back

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    The Franchise King
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Buying a franchise is a big deal. It can be a sizable investment. It will definitely be life-changing.   Not as "life-changing" as going overseas to protect us, but life-changing nevertheless. That's why it's crucial to take a step back sometime during the franchise researching and purchasing process.   Speaking Of Franchise Research The research phase of the franchise purchasing process separates the men from the boys, and the women from the girls. It's super-important to take the time needed to do thorough research. This is when emotion needs to come out…
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  • McDonald’s: They’re Making Their Quarter Pounder Bigger Why?

    The Franchise King®
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but most restaurants in the U.S. are trying like heck to come up with healthier menu offerings for their customers. It’s a good move, since the obesity rates in this country are through the roof. Right? So, why did the new McDonald’s CEO decide to increase the size of the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder? I’m so confused.   McDonald’s: They’re Making Their Quarter Pounder Bigger Why? According to a document CNBC got their hands on, the “new” Quarter Pounder, “Improves the taste, texture and…
  • You Open Your Franchise And This Happens

    The Franchise King®
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:11 pm
    The time: Two months after you opened your new franchise business The place: Your office Your frame of mind:     The reason: (See the 1st image)       Those are crickets.   You Open Your Franchise And This Happens Imagine investing $250,000 on a franchise business. Really. Imagine it for a minute. Feel it. Now imagine having no customers. None. Nada. Niet een. Ninguém. Niente. Pas du tout. Thank you for those translations, Babylon.com It would really suck. What would you do? How would you handle it?   Could It Happen? You bet your a$@ it could. It’s…
  • Buying A Franchise: Fighting About Money

    The Franchise King®
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:50 pm
    I grabbed the text below from my book, Become A Franchise Owner! “Over the years, I’ve actually been involved in a few mild arguments with prospective franchise buyers who didn’t feel that it was important for me to know about their financial situation. Admittedly, I’m not the most patient person when people who have requested my guidance refuse — for some strange reason — to give me the information I need to do my job properly. I do completely get how some people may be a little leery about disclosing their financial information. After all, we do frequently hear about…
  • New Report On Cleaning Franchises Is The Bomb

    The Franchise King®
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:19 am
    One very popular sector in franchising is the cleaning sector. It includes commercial cleaning and residential cleaning. That kind of makes it a double-sector. Cleaning Franchises Most of the people I work 1-on-1 with quickly discount cleaning franchises. They think they’ll be the ones doing the cleaning. Or, they just want something sexier. Now, I would never own a cleaning franchise. I have my reasons. One of them has to do with having to manage employees. Been there-done that. That’s me. Some people love having several employees under them. That’s what makes franchising a…
  • Did Ray Kroc Have A Dark Side?

    The Franchise King®
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    I don’t know. But, there sure is a lot of talk going on as of late about Ray Kroc-and his supposed dark side. That’s because there’s a movie filming about the life of Ray Kroc, the *founder of McDonald’s. *Kroc wasn’t the founder of McDonald’s. The McDonald brothers were. He purchased the restaurant chain from them. And, built an empire. An empire that may not be an empire pretty soon, unless the executive team can get their stuff together.   Did Ray Kroc Have A Dark Side? Word on the street is that the movie about Ray Kroc will show a dark side of the…
 
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  • Franchise Buyers Need To Take A Step Back

    The Franchise King
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Buying a franchise is a big deal. It can be a sizable investment. It will definitely be life-changing.   Not as "life-changing" as going overseas to protect us, but life-changing nevertheless. That's why it's crucial to take a step back sometime during the franchise researching and purchasing process.   Speaking Of Franchise Research The research phase of the franchise purchasing process separates the men from the boys, and the women from the girls. It's super-important to take the time needed to do thorough research. This is when emotion needs to come out…
  • Veteran Franchise Opportunities: Vets Working With Pets

    The Franchise King
    6 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    There are so many different franchise opportunities available for military veterans these days. Hundreds. Maybe thousands. But, which franchise types are the right fit? Which franchise business sectors look good for veterans?    The Pet Industry Look at these numbers, courtesy of the American Pet Products Association: It's estimated that $60.59 billion will be spent on pets in the U.S this year. Here's how the money breaks down:  Food $23.04 billion  Supplies/OTC Medicine $14.39 billion Vet Care $15.73 billion Live animal purchases $2.19 billion Pet Services:…
  • The Pros And Cons Of Owning A Franchise

    The Franchise King
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Owning a franchise isn't for everyone.  And, while it's true that military veterans can make great franchise owners, there's no guarantee that just because someone is a veteran they'll rock in franchising. I wish that wasn't the case-but it is. Let's look at a few pros and cons of owning a franchise.        Pros Of Owning A Franchise 1. Systems A business system-the franchise system, is already in place for you to use. Hopefully it's a proven system. No guarantees. But, there are ways to find out if the franchise system you're…
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  • Capital Spending Requirements Put Franchisees in a Tight Spot

    Joan Moriarty
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:44 pm
    McDonald's has instituted a turnaround plan involving burger customization that may impose up to $125,000 in new investment costs on already struggling franchisees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The $125,000 price tag for McDonald’s burger customization program follows renovations undertaken by about half of McDonald's restaurants in the past decade, which cost participating franchisees upwards of $650,000. read more
  • The City Club Hotel of New York, NY

    Stanley Turkel
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    The City Club of New York was founded in 1892 by Edmond Kelly as a non-partisan men's club to promote effective and honest government in New York. read more
  • CFA Urges Franchisees to Oppose the NLRB's Joint Employer Definition

    Misty Chally
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    Last week, the U.S. House Labor Appropriations Subcommittee approved its annual spending bill for fiscal year 2016. Included in this bill is a provision that prevents the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from enforcing its joint-employer standard, which redefines the franchisor/franchisee relationship and, if not defunded, would destroy the franchise business model. read more
  • How Profitable Will RevPAR Growth Be in 2015?

    Robert Mandelbaum
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    Like other industries, profits in the hotel business are achieved when revenues exceed the cost of operations. In 2015, there are several factors that will enhance the ability of hotel managers to control their operating expenses: read more
  • Donut Make This Mistake; Values Are Always Category-Specific

    Robert Passikoff
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    If you have followed the McDonald's debacle for the past year you cannot have missed the fact that the company woke up late to the fact that consumer values had shifted. Away from fat/salty/fast/dollar-menu food to brands that were seen to offer healthier, fresher, natural, more customized food. And consumers were actually willing to pay more for that. read more
 
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:26 pm
    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'

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:26 pm
    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

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:26 pm
    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

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:26 pm
    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

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:26 pm
    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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  • Technology Can Deliver the Franchise Experience Customers Expect

    Lizette
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:57 pm
    I normally do not accept guest posts, but Jay Malcom and his company ExpandShare come highly recommended to me and they have an innovative solution to train staff of franchisees which can be difficult for most franchisors. In general franchisors are highly effective at training franchisees, but it is a different story when it comes to training the employees of franchisees, specially those of restaurants and similar lower skill level jobs.  ExpandShare offers a great answer to deal with these challenges.  (Please note that we are not associated with ExpandShare.)   Using Learning…
  • Franchising Your Business?

    Lizette
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    There are several important factors to consider before you franchise your business. The following questions can serve as a roadmap as you contemplate franchising your business. If your answers to most of the following questions are positive, your probability of franchising success increases dramatically and further consideration to this growth strategy is worth your time. Is your business profitable at all levels? That is, will the franchisee as well as the Franchise Business make money? Will both parties share in the wealth? Has your business been in operation long enough to effectively…
  • Franchise Success Is About the Right Team

    Lizette
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Ted Landgraf, CEO and Founder of Above The Standard Procurement Group®, Inc. (ATSPG), is passionate about helping people achieve success. He is a relationship-driven man, a self-described “old-ball” who has created a different franchise opportunity. I am intrigued by Ted and his company and thus welcomed the opportunity to learn more. While most franchise companies require no prior experience and, in fact, prefer it if franchisees have no history in the industry, ATSPG takes a novel approach. Ted shares: “I asked myself, what would happen if we decided to take an individual’s…
  • Frank Milner, President of Tutor Doctor, Creates Franchise Success through Positive Discontent

    Lizette
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Frank Milner, President of Tutor Doctor, has transformed the company since he joined it in 2007. In only seven years he has been able to grow it to 200 locations worldwide. Frank has created a culture of franchisee support, training, and excellence; and, his life motto of “positive discontent” permeates every facet of the company. “Franchise success is directly tied to the success of the franchisee, that is why we are 100% focused on helping our franchisees succeed,” Frank shares. “I learned from Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, that we need to set Big Hairy Audacious Goals;…
  • Franchise Success Is When It Works For All Parties

    Lizette
    15 May 2014 | 7:40 am
    Jeff Johnson, CEO of Franchise Research Institute, is in the business of measuring franchise excellence. Jeff‘s passion and enthusiasm about franchising and about what makes a franchise company successful are simply contagious. From the beginning of our conversation, Jeff and I agreed that franchising is simple, but it’s not easy. “There are many moving partsand to get them all going in the right direction can be tricky,” Jeff comments. “Customers need to be served and satisfied; the business model has to produce a viable return on investment, technology and innovations have to be…
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  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

    FranNet
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    It’s almost like George Eliot was speaking straight to the late blooming entrepreneurs. Most of us reach a certain age and feel it’s too late to start chasing old fantasies and begin again. The wonderful thing about success is its impromptu character – it could happen at anytime time in life for the wildest of […]
  • Where Do Powerful Ideas Hide?

    FranNet
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    Inspiration. It seems abundant one day and scarce the next, its unreliable tendencies taunt you constantly and it’s starting to show in your business. Take a moment and try this: stop obsessing over the need for a new idea, back away from your desk and take a walk. Powerful ideas are not hiding, they definitely […]
  • One Entrepreneur Went From Serving The Military To Serving His Community

    FranNet
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    After Rod Harvey retired from the Military, he knew he wanted to be a part of a something that positively contributed to others in his community. Today, he is the owner of 9Round Fitness. Located at 912 Coronado Blvd. Coronado Square, Universal City, Texas. Harvey’s decision to pursue franchise business ownership was largely influenced by […]
  • The Truth About The Lies We Tell

    FranNet
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    Why do people lie? There are the ones we tell ourselves, the ones to get ahead, white lies, broken promises, exaggeration, deceptions, plagiarism and compulsive lying-there are so many ways we dodge the truth. In Bella DePaulo’s Ph.D. research, she found people lie during one in five of their daily interactions. Pamela Meyer, author of […]
  • Does your online community care?

    FranNet
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    One of these three thoughts instantly crossed your mind. It was either: I don’t have an online community Of course, they love me No, they don’t and I forgot the passwords anyway None of these thoughts will lead to a engaged online community, so let’s begin with the first one. “I don’t have an online […]
 
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  • 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,
  • Lower Your Overhead & Operation Costs with a Franchise

    Franchise Strategist
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:08 am
    Lower Your Overhead & Operation Costs with a Franchise Reaching out to someone who has experience in entrepreneurship can be a critical step in getting your business off the ground. This trusted advisor will give you guidelines and help you along the path to creating a successful startup that will be profitable, rewarding, and stand the test of time. Lower Your Overhead & Operation Costs with a Franchise, P&L, franchise, business, cost, profit, expenses, cash flow, business plan
  • A Twist from Tennessee: Why the NLRB Ruling Will Have No Effect There

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    14 Jun 2015 | 3:41 am
    A Twist from Tennessee: Why the NLRB Ruling Will Have No Effect There Current laws state that franchisors and franchisees are not joint employers. It is for that reason that franchisees are the only person, or group of persons, who are responsible for setting wages and hours for employees. Not only is that the law, it is the franchise business model. Franchisors provide branding and support, franchisees set the day-to-day operations and wages for employees. franchise sales, law, NLRB, labor, EOE, McDonald's, employee disputes, government interference
  • THE KEY TO SELLING A BUSINESS

    Franchise Strategist
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    THE KEY TO SELLING A BUSINESS I cannot recall how many times I was told: "Nathalie, it’s impossible to close this deal!" but closed the deal anyway! The secret? After having identified and understood the buyer’s and the seller’s concerns, using my imagination, negotiating power and knowledge to address these concerns by ALWAYS coming up with win-win solutions. THE KEY TO SELLING A BUSINESS, VR Business, seller, buyer, Canada, Nathalie Lacroix, Close the deal, value, price, store, company,
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    3 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
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  • FDD Talk 2015: The Crunch Fitness Franchise Opportunity (Financial Performance Analysis, Estimated Costs, and Other Important Stuff You Need to Know)

    Franchise Chatter
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:09 am
    In this FDD Talk 2015 post, you’ll learn the following:Section I – Background information on the Crunch Fitness franchise opportunity, including relevant news updatesSection II – Estimated initial investment for a Crunch Fitness franchise, based on Item 7 of the company’s 2015 FDDSection III – Presentation and analysis of Crunch Fitness’s financial performance representations, based on Item 19 of the company’s 2015 FDD, including information on the:2014 net membership revenue, personal training and retail revenue, other revenue, total gross revenue,…
  • FDD Talk 2015: The Tim Hortons Franchise Opportunity (Financial Performance Analysis, Estimated Costs, and Other Important Stuff You Need to Know)

    Franchise Chatter
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    In this FDD Talk 2015 post, you’ll learn the following:Section I – Background information on the Tim Hortons franchise opportunity, including relevant news updatesSection II – Estimated initial investment for a Tim Hortons franchise, based on Item 7 of the company’s 2015 FDDSection III – Presentation and analysis of Tim Hortons’ financial performance representations, based on Item 19 of the company’s 2015 FDD, including information on the:2014 average gross sales for all franchised Standard Tim Hortons Restaurants that were open and operating for at…
  • FDD Talk 2015: The Elevation Burger Franchise Opportunity (Financial Performance Analysis, Estimated Costs, and Other Important Stuff You Need to Know)

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    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    In this FDD Talk 2015 post, you’ll learn the following:Section I – Background information on the Elevation Burger franchise opportunity, including relevant news updatesSection II – Estimated initial investment for an Elevation Burger franchise, based on Item 7 of the company’s 2015 FDDSection III – Presentation and analysis of Elevation Burger’s financial performance representations, based on Item 19 of the company’s 2015 FDD, including information on the:2014 average gross sales, cost of goods sold, payroll, rent, general and administrative expenses,…
  • FDD Talk 2015: The MOOYAH Franchise Opportunity (Financial Performance Analysis, Estimated Costs, and Other Important Stuff You Need to Know)

    Franchise Chatter
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    In this FDD Talk 2015 post, you’ll learn the following:Section I – Background information on the MOOYAH franchise opportunity, including relevant news updatesSection II – Estimated initial investment for a MOOYAH franchise, based on Item 7 of the company’s 2015 FDDSection III – Presentation and analysis of MOOYAH’s financial performance representations, based on Item 19 of the company’s 2015 FDD, including information on the:2014 average gross sales for the top tier of MOOYAH Restaurants (i.e. those that achieved Gross Sales above $775,000) and were…
  • Franchise Costs: Detailed Estimates of Crunch Franchise Costs (2015 FDD)

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    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Detailed Estimates of Crunch Franchise Costs Based on Item 7 (Estimated Initial Investment) of Crunch’s 2015 Franchise Disclosure DocumentYour site will have approximately 10,000 to 20,000 square feet.1.  Initial Franchise Fee:  $25,000If you sign an Area Development Agreement, you will pay a Development Fee of $25,000 for each Franchised Business you will be establishing under your development schedule, and you will not pay the Initial Franchise Fee when you sign the Franchise Agreement.If you sign a Multi-Unit Development Agreement, you will pay a Multi-Unit Fee of $25,000 for each…
 
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  • State of the Industry: U.S. Added 14,700 Franchise Jobs in May

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    According to the ADP National Franchise Report, U.S. private-sector franchise jobs increased by 14,700 during the month of May. The ADP National Franchise report measures monthly changes in franchise employment and is distributed to the public each month free of charge. The ADP National Franchise Report is published by the ADP Research Institute®, a specialized group within ADP that provides insights around employment trends and workforce strategy, in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, Inc. Each month, ADP issues the ADP National Franchise Report as part of the company’s…
  • What Services Does a Restoration Franchise Offer?

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    If you have made the decision to select a franchise as the way to start and grow your business, you understand the advantages of this business model. While you maintain the freedom to be your own boss, you also get the support and guidance of an experienced franchisor, among other benefits. Finding the Right Fit However, you will also find there are a wide range of opportunities within the franchise market. This allows you to select a business that fits your own skills and interests, and you can also determine the amount of money you want to invest and earn. You might ask yourself: • Do…
  • Women in Franchising: Q&A with Renee' Dubois

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    As one of the first twenty Rainbow International franchisees and with more than 37 years-experience in franchising with Rainbow International Restoration, Renee’ DuBois brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help those interested in franchising make informed decisions about the restoration industry, and more specifically, Rainbow International Restoration. She’s a champion not only for franchising, but an excellent example of a female leader in franchising. Which other female leaders do you admire and why? “Dina Dwyer-Owens. She was put in charge of the Dwyer Group…
  • Setting SMART Goals for a Landscaping Business

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    You have worked hard to become an expert landscaper. But, after starting your business you are more overwhelmed than you thought possible. Business may be overwhelming because of the goals or lack of goals set by the business owner. By setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound) short and long-term goals you are more likely to feel less overwhelmed, because goals make it easier to plan for the future. Take the time to plan your landscaping business, remembering that failing to plan is planning to fail. Know what it is that you want to accomplish. Does your goal…
  • Women in the Trades: Looking For A New Career?

    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I remember high school like it was yesterday – even though it was 25 years ago. I remember the excitement of seeing what courses you could select as electives when you had the option to choose a couple of courses based on your specific interests. I chose the typical cooking (love), sewing (hate), and art (not my thing) because those are the courses girls selected – even in the 80s. Why? I am not totally sure – but I know I didn’t choose automotive or welding – those were courses geared towards the boys. They seemed hard and honestly, what would I need those…
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  • 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…
  • Make The Choice To Be An Entrepreneur And Start Your Own Business

    Joel Libava
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    (Guest Post From Leonie Fuchs) A few years ago, job security as an employee was such a guarantee that it did not make much sense for most people to even consider starting their own businesses. These days, companies that offer jobs are very dynamic in their approach to offering terms to their employees, and the benefits have by and large actually dissipated due to harsher economic times. This new economic climate has seemingly reduced the risk and has created a great new climate for a fresh crop of entrepreneurs to come up and create new businesses. Below are steps that you, as an…
  • Help My Friend: She’s Applying For A Business Grant

    Joel Libava
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Friends help friends. That’s why I’m allowing Susan Payton, my friend, and an accomplished marketing expert, to share some of the lessons she’s learning. In this case, the lessons she’s learning have to do with her business grant application. It’s with Chase, a well-known small business bank. Chase is giving a total of $2 Million in grants to 20 small businesses. Susan is applying for a business grant. From Susan Payton-Egg Marketing 4 Marketing Lessons I’m Learning in Applying for a Business Grant I’m always amazed that, despite the fact that I run…
  • Home-Based Franchise Owners Enjoy Wonderful Tax Deductions

    Joel Libava
    28 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Owning a home-based franchise can be a great thing. You can usually count on deducting the majority of your business expenses. What’s even better is that some of your non-business expenses may be able to be deducted. Nice. Keep reading.   Non-Business Tax Deductions What percentage of your expenses can be deducted? According to Caron Beesley, who writes for the US Small Business Administration: “Generally, deductions for a home office are based on the percentage of your home devoted to business use. So, if you use a whole room or part of a room for conducting your business,…
 
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  • California Franchise Legislation (AB 525) Moving Through Senate

    Matt Kreutzer
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Tomorrow (Monday, June 29, 2015), California State Assembly Bill (AB) 525 will be considered by the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. If passed by the Senate, AB 525 will amend the existing California Franchise Relations Act (Business and Professions Code §§ 20000 – 20010) (“CFRA”) by expanding protections for existing franchisees. See my previous blog post for a discussion of the amendments to the CFRA that would be created by AB 525. While the Senate has made some minor clean-up amendments to AB 525, none of them substantially change the character of…
  • New Franchise Legislation Passes in California State Assembly

    Matt Kreutzer
    26 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    On May 14, 2015, the California state Assembly passed AB 525, a bill that would amend the existing California Franchise Relations Act (Business and Professions Code §§ 20000 – 20010) (“CFRA”) by expanding the protections for existing franchisees. As currently written, AB 525 would amend the CFRA in the following ways: “Good Cause” Restricted to Substantial Compliance. Under the CFRA, a franchisor is permitted to terminate a franchise prior to the expiration of its term only for “good cause,” which includes (but is not limited to) the failure of a franchisee to comply with any…
  • Franchise Registry Adopts NASAA Standard Definitions

    Matt Kreutzer
    11 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    FRANData, the company that operates the Franchise Registry for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced last week that it adopted the standard franchise definitions adopted by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) in its Multi-Unit Commentary. This is important because it recognizes and implements some standardization in the franchise industry, which has historically been inconsistent when referring to certain types of franchise relationships. Specifically, the NASAA Multi-Unit Commentary uses the following definitions, which will now be recognized by…
  • BREAKING: Court Denies IFA's Request to Enjoin Seattle's Discriminatory Minimum Wage Law

    Matt Kreutzer
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    This just in: a federal court in Seattle has denied the International Franchise Association's request to enjoin the portions of Seattle's minimum wage law that discriminate against franchisees. The IFA "asked the court to enjoin the city from treating franchisees as large, national companies rather than the small, locally-owned businesses that they are." I've talked about Seattle's discriminatory minimum wage law a number of times on this blog. Wile I don't oppose a minimum wage increase, the increase should be fair and should apply evenly…
  • Are Minimum Wage Laws that Discriminate Against Franchises "Industry-Specific" for the Purposes of Item 1?

    Matt Kreutzer
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    The top stories in the franchise world continue to be about efforts by the cities of Seattle, Chicago, and others in raising the minimum wage with laws that discriminate against small business owners who own franchises. For the full story, see some of my previous blog posts on the issue. These laws are a serious concern for franchisees and franchisors alike.  In brief, these laws (which are written substantially the same way in the different cities that have adopted them) require small businesses to raise the minimum wage of their workers from the current level to $15 an hour.
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  • Job Fair Opportunities for Veterans – June 24 and 25, 2015

    Coverall
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:16 am
    For all Veterans in the Houston area June 24 and the Atlanta area June 25, you can learn how you can be your own boss in the commercial cleaning industry. Coverall will be an exhibitor at each of these RecruitMilitary Veteran Job Fair locations and we want to meet you! Event #1 What: RecruitMilitary Houston All Veterans Job Fair When: June 24 Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm Where: Houston Info: https://events.recruitmilitary.com/events/houston-all-veterans-job-fair-june-24-2015/exhibitor_registrations#venue Event #2 What: RecruitMilitary Atlanta All Veterans Job Fair When: June 25 Time: 11:00 am –…
  • 3 Chances in March for Franchise Expos

    Natalia Rex
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    If you’re in the Cincinnati, Philadelphia, or Richmond area, here are three great opportunities to learn about being your own boss in the commercial cleaning industry: http://www.franchiseshowinfo.com/ and http://www.civilianjobs.com/ Offers to sell Coverall franchises made by prospectus only. See the Franchise Disclosure Document for details. Event #1 What: The Franchise & Own Your Own Business Show When: March 21-22 Where: Philadelphia Meet Coverall: Booth #211 Info: http://www.franchiseshowinfo.com/philadelphia/visitor/free-admission Event #2 What: The Franchise & Own Your Own…
  • 3 Ways to Fund Your Franchised Business

    Natalia Rex
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Did you get your W2 yet? If you’re anxiously waiting to file your taxes to use that cash for something good, we’ve got 3 very good ideas of what you can do with that refund. What did you spend it on in the past? A survey found that 30% of Americans plan to pay a debt, 28% will save it and 26% will use it for monthly bills. How about using it to start your own business? Sounds great, doesn’t it? And, it’s doable. Here are 3 ways you can fund your franchised business, starting with your tax refund. Tax Return - Start off this year on the right foot by taking that money and thinking…
  • Why Veterans Lead in Small Business Ownership

    Natalia Rex
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    What do you picture when you think of veterans? When we picture veterans, independent franchised business owners comes to mind. Why? Did you know that veterans employ nearly 6 million workers and account for one of 10 small businesses in the US? As a whole, veteran small business owners are 45% more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. When becoming a small-business owner, you rely on discipline and leadership to operate a business. And, a military background provides experience with structured environments and process-oriented methods – two important skills that can help you in…
  • Spotlight: 2 Hot Cities for Small Businesses

    Natalia Rex
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Every city has its perks and unique cultural landscape that can help you achieve your personal or career aspirations. But what if you want to see what’s out there, where to go and what to expect? Here’s some data on 2 of the hottest cities for small businesses and why. Chicago According to a recent study, Chicago is a good place to work for a small business. It ranked 24th among 100 other cities in the United States. Additionally Chicago was rated 2nd among those cities for net increase in small-business jobs (51,652). As number 3 in Forbes Top Ten States for Female Entrepreneurs, the…
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  • 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…
  • Franchise Owner Story: Damon Hopkins

    cyphers
    8 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    One of most appealing parts of purchasing a JumpBunch franchise is the opportunity to make a living while also helping kids and parents. No one appreciates that more than Damon Hopkins, a JumpBunch franchise owner in Smyrna, Delaware. For Damon, JumpBunch offered an exciting opportunity to make a living while also making a difference. It’s so important for him that he can enjoy his work while he is supporting his family. That joy comes from knowing that he has a fulfilling business that helps to create a positive impact on children. Damon knows that their dynamic enrichment program is…
  • JumpBunch Announces Partnership with Kiddie Academy

    cyphers
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    JumpBunch is proud to announce that we are now an approved Kiddie Academy partner. This relationship gives JumpBunch owners a formal entrée into one of the leading childcare education franchise groups across the U.S. At the same time, Kiddie Academy owners gain a a trusted partner to help round out their programs. JumpBunch’s weekly introduction to new sports (over 70 activities in total), brings a new and unique child enrichment program to Kiddie Academy schools. “Partnerships like this are a great endorsement of our program,” says JumpBunch founder, Tom Bunchman, “And of course, it…
 
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  • 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 […]
  • How Google+ Puts the Local in Local Business Marketing

    Signpost
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    If you haven’t yet claimed or created your Google+ Local business page, you may be missing out on a lot of potential business. Uniquely situated to give Yelp a serious run for the money — if not drive them into obsolescence, Google+ Local combines a local business listing directory with a customer review platform with […]
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