• What Affects Sustainability in the Franchise Industry?

    Any franchise business can be sustainable if some proactive measures are taken. Businesses that succeed in the franchise industry can stand the test of time and despite changing economic conditions, social factors, demographics, and technology, their name can remain prominent throughout generations.

  • The Importance of the Supply Chain and Choosing the Right Vendor

    Franchise businesses purchase all kinds of goods, materials, and services almost daily from third party vendors. Some products are purchased regularly (i.e. food for a restaurant franchise business) and some are purchased less frequently (i.e. pest control, carpet cleaning, etc.). Most franchise businesses simply use either the vendor that was recommended by their corporate office or a vendor that they found in the yellow pages. Maybe they just use a vendor that a neighboring business uses.

  • Collaboration in the Franchising Industry

    For many people, the word collaboration brings to mind the idea of a group of people sitting around in a board or meeting room talking about ideas and brainstorming. However, it is more than that- especially with today’s access to social media and immediate electronic communication.

  • Mom’s Top Lessons for Franchising

      As we celebrate Mother’s Day in May, it makes sense to reflect on some of the life lessons that

  • Why is Franchising a Great Opportunity for Veterans?

    The VetFran project is an initiative between the Small Business Administration and several other private sources of lending, most notably BoeFly, who help secure loans for vets who are wishing to open a franchise.

  • The Importance of Active Listening in Franchise Businesses
    Don't leave your customers feeling like this!

    Everyone knows that you should listen to your customers, but very few people seem to understand what active listening is. Active listening is important not just for franchise business owners, but for all franchise employees.

  • How the Internet has Revolutionized the Franchise Business

    It’s no secret that the Internet has changed the way in which we communicate with each other. However, it has also helped franchise businesses and those who are interested in purchasing a franchise tremendously.

  • Upside Group Gears up for IFA Convention in New Orleans

    As the city of New Orleans prepares for Mardi Gras, it also readies itself for another exciting event- the 2014

  • Franchise Business Prepares Clients for “Apocalypse” (and fights childhood obesity at the same time)
    Franchise Business Prepares

    With the success of such shows and movies such as “The Walking Dead,” “Revolution,” and “World War Z,” focusing on

  • Making the Leap into Franchising: Why more and more people are choosing to open their own franchise

    As the economy slowly begins to recover, there are two sides to the coin. First off, the good news is that Americans are once again beginning to spend more of their disposable income on dining out, gym memberships, and other recreational activities. On the other hand, many people are still unemployed, underemployed, or deal with the nagging worry that their company might be the next to go under, eliminating their job and possibly their retirement savings.

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