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How to Succeed in Franchising Your Business

The most successful franchises have a few strengths and strategies in common. Here's how they play to win.

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A Franchisee Who's Expert at Building Both Shelves and Revenues

Alan Regala is so good at home improvement that he reached the $1 million revenue mark within three years.

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A Franchisee for Whom 'Like Father, Like Son' Has Special Meaning

Ben Korn purchased his father's Safeguard franchise in Tucson, where he could foresee future growth there, as well as year-round golf.

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What It Feels Like to Run a Startup and a Franchise

Julie and Kevin McAdoo say, if they had to do it all over again, they'd start with the franchise, not the startup.

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Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to Cut Artificial Flavors and Coloring

The sister chains are upping brand standards to appease the quality-oriented customer.

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A Lifetime Passion for Thrifty Fashion Turned Into a Career for This Franchisee

Kathy Bosley's talent for building stylish outfits on a budget helped her become a Clothes Mentor franchisee.

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McDonald's Tests Another Premium Customization Option

The burger chain is testing 'Taste Crafted Burgers and Chicken' in select locations in Atlanta, Portland and Southern California.

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Why This Couple Bought a Franchise After Traveling Around the World

Ten years ago, Chris Jester bought a SailTime franchise after taking a world-wide trip with his wife. Now, the franchise has allowed them to travel...

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Bowing to Pressure, Starbucks Quits Sourcing Water in Drought-Stricken California

The coffee chain plans to move production of Ethos Water from California to Pennsylvania.

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5 Things You Must Know About Franchising -- But That You Won't Find Online

In order to get a full, three-dimensional view of which business is right for you, you'll have to look beyond the Internet.

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This Franchisee Went From Laid-Off Employee to Accomplished Business Leader

Steve Rattner's job loss was a blessing in disguise, allowing him to tap into his entrepreneurial potential and find his true passion.

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Free Cone Day Alert: Häagen-Dazs Is Giving Away Ice Cream Tomorrow

Get a free kiddie ice cream at Häagen-Dazs on May 12, with new artisan flavors Chocolate Caramelized Oat and Banana Rum Jam.

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Olive Garden Will Soon Serve Up Breadstick Sandwiches

The chain is adding chicken parm and meatball breadstick sandwiches to the menu. And yes, they come with unlimited breadsticks.

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Become a Franchisee at Age 21? Just Ask Hailey Nault. She Pulled It Off.

Grit and determination helped this young Canadian find a partner and own her own restaurant.

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From Store Manager to Franchisee at Topper's Pizza

Lalit Kainth was no stranger to the pizza industry when he became a franchisee.

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McDonald's Secret Plans to Boost Sales Include Faster Drive-Thru, Frozen Lemonade and All-Day Breakfast

The fast-food chain dished to franchisees on the details of its turnaround plan.

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A Blimpie Franchisee on the Benefits of Franchising as an Immigrant

David Old used an investor's visa to move from Mexico City and become a Blimpie Subs and Salads franchisee in Sam Houston, Texas.

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California Man Accused of Making More Than $4 Million by Selling Fake In-N-Out Franchises

Sorry, duped investors; the burger restaurant doesn't franchise.

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Meet the Man Who Started the First-Ever Property Management Franchise

Kirk McGary decided to leap into uncharted waters and franchise his company in 2005.

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Converting a Family Business Into a Franchised Brand

More than 30 years after his mother founded the business, Matt Rand turned Rand Realty into a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate franchised...

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Freshii's CEO Says McDonald's Franchisees Want to Open Healthy Shops Inside Fast-Food Restaurants

Matthew Corrin believes opening Freshii locations in McDonald's would be win-win for everyone involved -- and he says that franchisees agree with him.

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New Report Reinforces How Risky Franchising Can Really Be

There's no easy path to success. Even one in six franchisees who land SBA loans wind up with failing businesses.

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The 8 Craziest Ways McDonald's Has Tried to Boost Sales

In celebration of McDonald's 75th birthday, here are some of the chain's wackiest recent menu items and marketing tactics in the last year.

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A Franchise That Says It With Flowers, and Fruit and Chocolates

As an Edible Arrangements franchisee, Scott Greenberg finds inspiration for his other business: motivational speaking.

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A Pretzel Franchise That Won't Leave Anyone Bent Out of Shape

This New York City firefighting franchise finds that with Philly Pretzel Factory there are mercifully few fires to put out.

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Navy Veteran's Servant Leadership Helped Turn Around His Franchise

Company growth -- made possible by employees who feel valued -- is on the horizon.

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Why the NLRB Says This Franchise Isn't a Joint Employer, But McDonald's Is

The franchise industry just got a clue to untangling a knotty problem.

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Taking the Plunge Into a Self-Owned Business

After two decades of running operations for Pizza Hut and Wendy's, this pizza guy is his own boss -- for 42 Donatos locations.

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