Investing

Caveat Emptor: Here are five points for you to consider

before buying a company-owned restaurant franchise.

By Douglas McKenzie and Mike Vallorosi

Call it a sign of economic strength or simply thriving entrepreneurship, but franchisors are in the throes of another initiative to re-franchise stores. In recent years, large publicly owned chains have put hundreds of company-owned stores on the market after buying them back from troubled franchisees during the depths of the recession.

Choosing a Franchise

Big Decision: Here are three key support elements

that you need to evaluate before choosing a franchise.

By Richard F. Peroe

Starting your own business – even one with an established brand – is challenging, but being your own boss can be deeply rewarding. With so many franchise options today, narrowing in on the right opportunity might be a tough decision. How do you know what types of questions to ask to determine whether a business is right for you?

Franchise conventions

A stellar conference leaves franchisees excited, encouraged

and full of fresh zeal for the business.

By Kyle Zagrodzky

Too many companies have decided to stop having conventions, and though the choice may save a few dollars, it can end up costing in the long run. Conventions get people excited, boost morale and team spirit, help people create better connections, and open new pathways to learning and professional development that ultimately have a dramatic impact on the business.

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Minding the store: How remote monitoring powers franchise growth

by allowing the owner to be in many places at once.

By Andrés de Armas

For growing franchises, the ability to successfully expand operations – from one location to two to many – drives the bottom line for operators. However, there are key areas of a business operation that must be optimized to drive strategic growth while maintaining operational control. In tight-margin operations, where the smallest of losses can ultimately make the difference between a profitable and unprofitable establishment, the need to scale monitoring operations is especially critical. 

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The first thing to do when funding a franchise is to get a clear view

of your personal financial situation and draft a strategic business plan.

By Stephen Sheinbaum

It’s not hard to see why more and more people are finding the path to entrepreneurship through franchising: They can get an instantly recognizable brand, proven products and support with everything from build-out to marketing. But whether you are setting up your first franchise or using your success to add another location, you are going to be spending a lot of time on funding decisions. There are right ways to make those decisions and wrong ways to avoid.

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