Professional Services Surge
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 16:01:25 EST
These chains, which handle white-collar jobs like career coaching and banking services, are popular with downsized and dissatisfied professionals.
Small Firms' Health-Law Pains
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 12:07:14 EDT
Restaurants and retailers face some of the toughest changes now that the Supreme Court has kept the health-care overhaul in place.
New Entrepreneurs Find Pain in Spain
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:59:17 EST
Europe’s unemployment crisis has compelled hundreds of thousands of people to try to reinvent themselves as entrepreneurs. But these inexperienced business operators are flying into harsh headwinds.
Restaurants Look for Ways to Cut Costs
Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:24:28 EST
Franchise restaurants are aggressively searching for alternative ways to slash costs, unable to pass on the higher costs to customers without losing business.
Chained to the Road
Sun, 13 Nov 2011 20:06:14 EST
Over the past several years, there's been a rising interest in mobile franchises, whose owners work out of a van, truck or trailer. The appeal: low start-up costs.
Is a Franchise the Right Business for You?
Thu, 09 Oct 2008 09:41:00 EDT
It's tempting to pick a franchise based on personal experiences or love of the product. But the fact that you're smitten with the business or what it sells doesn't mean it fits your lifestyle, financial situation or long-term goals.
Franchises, on a Smaller Scale
Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:59:37 EST
Franchisers are offering more options at different price points—from mall kiosks to mobile food trucks—to woo franchisees reluctant to spend too much.
Financing for Franchisees
Thu, 06 May 2010 12:33:15 EDT
A number of corporate franchisers are providing financing arrangements and other aid to potential franchisees, but terms can be strict.
Tough Times for Franchising
Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:00:36 EST
Two closely watched disputes now playing out in the courts are shining a spotlight on tensions between franchise owners and management.
Franchisers Focus on Loans
Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:28:41 EDT
Some U.S. franchisers are taking steps to help franchisees secure financing amid concerns that a credit crunch is still stifling new store openings.
In With the New Franchisees
Tue, 29 Sep 2009 17:29:43 EDT
Usually, franchisers don't want to gamble on young entrepreneurs—they prefer seasoned managers who have built up lots of savings to plow into the venture. Now a host of companies are rethinking that logic.
Some Franchise Brands Have High Default Rates
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:32:23 EDT
Quiznos, Cold Stone Creamery, Planet Beach Franchising and Huntington Learning Centers ranked among the 10 worst franchise brands in terms of SBA loan defaults
Burger Chain's Health-Care Recipe
Mon, 31 Aug 2009 10:46:21 EDT
Four years ago, restaurant chain Burgerville agreed to pay at least 90% of health-care premiums for employees. Executives say the unusual move has saved money by cutting turnover, boosting sales and improving productivity.
Want to Buy a Franchise? See What Survey Says
Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:03:53 EST
Discerning investors who want unvarnished information about a franchise before buying have another item to consult: the franchisee-satisfaction survey.
Mogul Applied Franchising to Real Estate
Thu, 07 Jan 2010 10:39:14 EST
Art Bartlett wasn't the first to apply to home sales a franchise model more often associated with selling hamburgers, but he was the most successful.
Smaller Franchisers Expand Their Horizons
Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:32:05 EST
Economic uncertainty at home has prompted a growing number of small businesses to turn to markets in the developing world where credit continues to flow and there's a growing appetite for American goods and services.
Hardship Inspired Franchise
Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:42:31 EDT
Family hardship gave 41-year-old Shelly Sun the impetus to start a home-care franchising business.
Many Outlets, One Voice
Sun, 13 Nov 2011 17:06:39 EST
When it comes to social media, franchisers are making sure their franchisees speak with one voice, implementing systemwide strategies and policies on what to post and how to react to company-related chatter.
Sun, 15 Aug 2010 16:21:00 EDT
A survey of useful sites for franchisees.