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Flexibility Pays Off for Franchise Solutions, a Benchmark Top-Ranked Lead Generation Portal
Flexibility Pays Off for Franchise Solutions, a Benchmark Top-Ranked Lead Generation Portal Franchise Portals Continue to Play Larger Role in Helping Franchise Systems Recruit New Franchisees in 2013   more...

For Retail Franchises, the Back-to-School Shopping Season Spells Sales
Back-to-school shopping is the second biggest consumer spending event for retailers, behind the holiday shopping season. Retail franchises that carry back-to-school must-haves are benefitting as families prepare for the impending school days.   more...

Sign Up For FASTSIGNS
For someone looking to open a business that offers a wide variety of products and services, FASTSIGNS® is an excellent choice.   more...

Keeping Cool and Cutting Costs- Energy Efficient Home Services Franchises are a Hot Business Sector
Whether you’re interested in owning an energy auditing franchise, an insulation business, or a window coverings concept, a wide-range of home services franchises provide you with the chance to become part of the growing energy efficient home services   more...

American Business Systems Franchisee Point of View
If you are considering a career change and you want a business that will allow you the flexibility to set your own schedule, and the ability work from home or wherever you choose, American Business Service is the perfect place to begin your search.   more...

Taking Flight- The Travel Industry Rebounds
After years of “staycations,” and video conference meetings, families and business travelers are once again embracing travel. The rebound in the travel industry benefits numerous businesses, and has a positive impact on the U.S. economy.   more...

An AlphaGraphics Story
Today we are featuring a franchisee who took one step backwards and a giant leap forward. Bill Apodaca left the IT industry to become a successful AlphaGraphics franchise owner. We asked him what it is like being part of a team like AlphaGraphics.   more...

How Children’s Services Franchises Keep Kids Entertained
Whether you’re interested in owning a trusted childcare franchise, a supplemental education concept, or a sports and recreation business, there are a wide-range of children’s services franchises to choose from.   more...

Semi-Retired to Successful Franchise Owner
When Ed decided to invest in a franchise, he was semi-retired and looking for something that would bring satisfaction and fulfillment to his life.   more...

Home Services Franchises that help Today’s Families Make the Most of the Summer Season Flourish
Whether you’d like to own a lawn care franchise, a home improvement concept, or a cleaning business, a wide-range of home services franchises provide you with the opportunity to own a rewarding, in-demand business that caters to the needs of today’s   more...

A Booming Industry: Examining the Growth of Home Care Franchises
The growth and success of the home care industry can be attributed largely to the rise in the number of seniors desiring to age in place, the affordability of home care compared to other long-term care options.   more...

Franchises Require More Support Than Business Opportunities
For people who want to open a business that will have a large network of support and ongoing communication, a franchise is most likely the best option. If a business that lets you go out and explore the market without a lot of necessary communication   more...

From Friendship to Franchise Ownership
At Franchise Solutions, we believe that everyone has an entrepreneurial spirit inside them. Nothing Bundt Cakes is an incredible franchise whose beginnings literally started around the dinner table.   more...

Smart Communication Tips for Franchisors and Franchisees
Franchisors need to embrace the principles of smart communication and train their entire organizations on smart communication. What is smart communication? It is the art of communicating with franchisees and others in a way that will decrease your   more...

Health-Friendly Franchises: Food For Thought
Feed the nation’s growing demand for delicious healthy food and consider investing in a franchise that will cater to the desire for healthy eating. Franchise Solutions features several different natural and organic food franchises for you to consider   more...

Franchising Outlook Report Offers Further Proof 2011 is the Year to Become a Franchise Owner
If you vowed to make 2011 the year that you become your own boss and own a franchise, there is still ample time and plenty of reasons to make this the year that you realize your goals.   more...

Lawn Care and Landscaping Franchises- Reclaiming Lawns and Reinventing Careers
After a historically intense winter, people are eagerly embracing spring. Resuscitating lawns, shrubs and trees that have been ravaged by a relentless winter is proving to be a boon for landscaping and lawn care businesses.   more...

Following a Franchise Dream: The Success of Saladworks
I came to realize at an early age that I didn’t necessarily need to invent my success but simply to capitalize on my work ethic. The best part about the Saladworks team from a franchisee’s perspective is that they aren't satisfied with status quo.   more...

Fitness Franchises are in Great Shape!
As Americans become more health conscience and focus greater attention on diet and exercise, the personal fitness industry continues to benefit from this healthy trend.   more...

A Return to Luxury: Consumer Spending on Luxuries Rises, Spurring Growth for Many Businesses
Recently released retail sales figures point to strong growth in the luxury goods sector. With consumers treating themselves to splurge-worthy items, now is an ideal time to tap into the momentum and own a business that offers sought-after luxuries.   more...

Does Size Really Matter? Comparing Large Franchises and Small Franchises
One of the basic questions you need to answer is whether or not you want to pursue an opportunity with a large system and well-known brand or a smaller, lesser known one.When considering a franchise does the size of the system really matter?   more...

Group Buying Sites- A Delight for Bargain-Hunters and Savvy Advertisers Alike
Getting a bargain and the sense of urgency that limited inventory and short-lived sales create is fundamental to consumerism. So, it's easy to see why group buying sites are wildly popular among bargain-hunters and advertisers alike.   more...

Opportunity Calling: Why Investing in a Technology Based Franchises Pays
When considering different franchise opportunities, it is wise to consider what opportunities have potential for expansion. Our society embraces new high-tech gadgets, which makes investing in a technology based franchise is a lucrative decision.   more...

Spa Businesses Offer Pampering, Relaxation…And an Escape from the 9-to-5
The widespread appeal of spa treatments and the growing focus on mind-body wellness have helped propel the spa sector into a multi-billion dollar industry. Now is an ideal time to own a spa and wellness franchise.   more...

Top Franchise Industries Poised for Growth in 2011
The economy may be exhibiting mixed messages, however, despite the uncertainty experts consistently cite the green, eco-friendly industry as a sector that's poised for growth…   more...

How to Finance a Franchise and Secure a Business Loan
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be flush with funds to achieve your business ownership goals. A wide-range of traditional financing programs and non-traditional financing options are available.   more...

The Food Truck Phenomenon - Gourmet, On-The-Go
In a society full of gourmet food-loving, time-crunched consumers it’s little wonder that food truck businesses that marry upscale food and convenience are proving to be the perfect recipe. Today’s food trucks have come a long way, though. From cupcakes to tacos, today’s food trucks are serving up a wide-range of popular treats and upscale fare, and redefining the sector.   more...

Franchise Solutions heads to Miami for the 5th Annual Franchise Expo South
Franchise Solutions, the franchising industry’s foremost online lead portal, will be among the exhibiting companies at the 5th Annual Franchise Expo South (FES), at the Miami Beach Convention Center, in Miami Beach, FL on January 14-16, 2011.   more...

Elements Therapeutic Massage Franchise Opens 75th Studio
Elements Therapeutic Massage , one of the fastest-growing franchises in America, has opened its 75th studio, and franchise owner Ashley Wills has fulfilled a life-long dream of owning her own business with the newest location in Missouri City, Texas.   more...

Overcome the Catch-22’s of Job Hunting by Becoming Your Own Boss
Whether you’re facing the common dilemma of: needing experience to land a job, and needing the job to gain experience, or you’re finding that you’re overqualified for the positions you’re applying for, job hunting can be rife with catch-22s.   more...

Strong Retail Sales Offer a Bright Outlook for 2011
Amid reports of the strongest holiday retail sales season in five years, optimism is in the air. According to MasterCard SpendingPulse™, a macroeconomic indicator that tracks consumer spending, U.S. retail sales (excluding automobiles) for the period between November, 5 and December 24, 2010, were up 5.5%, to $584.3 billion, compared with a year ago. And the 5.5% increase exceeded industry expectations, surpassing the 3.3% improvement that The National Retail Federation had projected.   more...

New Year, New Career - Make 2011 the Year You Become Your Own Boss
As a new calendar year approaches, it’s natural to reflect on the past and ponder the future. However, rather than wondering what 2011 will bring- what your triumphs will be, what highlights and lowlights will become etched in your mind- take charge of your future by making business ownership your goal for 2011.   more...

The Focus on Fitness Franchises
With all of the over indulging that occurs during the holiday season, it is little wonder that people flood gyms and fitness centers to undo the damage that weeks of revelry does to their waistlines. In fact, as the number of health conscious consumers grows, fitness franchises, personal training studios, gyms and other health focused businesses are flourishing.   more...

Children's Services Franchises Offer the Perfect Fit
Providing children with entertaining, educational and enriching experiences is a chief priority for parents. As a result, the children’s services sector has become a fast-growing, high demand industry. Trusted franchises that feature proven programs focusing on child care, education, fitness, entertainment and more, are a top choice for today’s families.   more...

The Growing Massage Therapy Industry Can Help Relieve the Stress of the Holidays
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… or is it? With high expectations for creating lasting memories, compounded by shopping for gifts, decorating, traveling, attending holiday events and hosting gatherings, the holiday season can be a joyous, yet, stressful time of the year for many people.   more...

Give Yourself the Best Gift of All this Christmas
Wishing you could unwrap a gift that will provide you with the freedom, flexibility and control over your life that you're craving?   more...

Census Releases Results of the 2007 Economic Census Franchise Report
In September of 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau, released reports stating that franchise businesses accounted for 10.5 percent of all U.S. businesses. The 2007 Economic Census Franchise Report is the first comprehensive and detailed report by the Census Bureau on this segment of the U.S. economy.   more...

While Searching for a New Job, William Seabrook, Found Franchise Solutions and Became a Novus Auto Glass Repair Franchisee
William Seabrook was searching for a new job online when he stumbled across FranchiseSolutions.com. Self employment was something he had dreamt of for many years but never thought possible until he began to research franchise ownership as a means to fulfill this dream.   more...

Keys to Assessing a Franchise Business Plan
Are you thinking of owning a franchise? Reviewing a franchises business plan and analyzing their FDD is a big project but shouldn’t be taken lightly.   more...

How Home-Improvement Franchises Answer the Call
As the crisp fall air hints at the colder weather to come, many people’s thoughts turn to preparing their homes for winter’s return and completing any last-minute home improvement projects while many other homeowners are looking for ways to preserve, protect and increase the value of their most significant asset - their homes. From landscaping concepts, to building and remodeling businesses, a wide-range of trusted home services franchises are answering the call and providing aspiring business owners with the chance to become part of the in-demand home improvement industry.   more...

First Meeting of the New England Women's Franchise Business Network Held
Griffin Gallery at the Stoneham Theater in Stoneham Massachusetts held the first meeting of the New England Women's Franchise Business Network. The event was sponsored by the Law Offices of Suzanne C. Cummings. Within the elegant surroundings of the gallery, forty people involved in the franchising community gathered to network.   more...

Women's Franchise Business Network Hosts New England Franchising Event
New England Franchisees and Franchisors: The first event of the Women's Franchise Business Network will be held at 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 19 in the Griffin Gallery, at the Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St, Stoneham. Mark your calendar!!! The event is being sponsored by the Law Offices of Suzanne C. Cummings & Associates. This event is essential for those in the franchising community in the New England area.   more...

The Franchising Regional Conference in Cyprus to Discuss Empowering Women through Franchising
Over the last nine years there has been a quiet trend taking place in the franchising industry. As recently as a few years ago it was an uncommon occurrence to run into a line to the lady’s room. Now that may sound like good news, but it revealed the fact that there were few women in executive positions in the franchising world. This fact has changed dramatically and yes, now there is a waiting line.   more...

Convenience is King - Cater to the Needs of a Time-Crunched Society
Now that the school year is in full swing, the carefree days of summer have been replaced by jam-packed schedules and endless to-do lists. With more personal and professional responsibilities, extracurricular activities, household chores and errands, vying for people’s time, businesses that offer convenient services and time-saving solutions are experiencing increased demand.   more...

Make a Fresh Start this Fall - Become Your Own Boss
January may be the official start of the New Year, but for many people the September, back-to-school season still signifies a time for new beginnings and making a fresh start. With summer drawing to a close and children heading back to school, many people are reexamining their career choices and resuming their job searches.   more...

SBA-Approved Franchises Expedite the Loan Process Amid an Uncertain Economic Climate
Despite an uncertain economic climate and a tight lending environment, aspiring franchisees are still fulfilling their business ownership dreams. The credit crunch has presented challenges for hopeful franchise owners, however, various lending programs, such as the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) guaranteed loan programs, are facilitating franchise growth and expansion.   more...

Defying the Downturn - Kid-Focused Franchises Flourish
Consumers continue to spend cautiously and stretch their budgets, however spending on children remains strong. Of all the cut-backs and personal sacrifices that parents are willing to make, when it comes to the care, health, well-being and happiness of their children, there is little room for compromise. As a result, franchises and businesses that offer child care, education programs and recreational activities are experiencing ongoing demand.   more...

Summer’s Rising Temperatures are a Boon for Certain Franchises
Summer ushers in a whole new way of life and offers a much-needed respite from months spent indoors. Almost as predictable as the beach-going crowds that summer brings, is the seemingly universal demand for particular products and services. As people spend more time outdoors, the interest in everything from tackling home improvement projects, to enjoying refreshing frozen treats, increases along with the rising temperatures.   more...

Makeover Your Career with Onsite Concepts that Improve the Appearance of Cars and Homes
Home improvement and automotive-related TV shows have opened people’s eyes to the endless possibilities that exist for customizing and personalizing their homes and vehicles. As busy consumers become increasingly interested in maximizing the value and enhancing the appearance of their largest investments they’re turning to onsite home improvement franchises and automotive appearance businesses that provide convenient, skilled services.   more...

Franchises that Cater to Consumers’ Summertime Needs See Business Heat Up
Anticipation seems to fill the air in the summer as people of all ages look forward to spending time with family and friends, taking in the sunshine and enjoying a taste of freedom. As consumers embrace all that summer brings, businesses that help people make the most of the season are experiencing increased demand.   more...

Legendary Brands in Stable Industries Offer Strong Business Ownership Opportunities
Even during challenging economic times, certain day-to-day tasks must continuously be accomplished in order to maintain and enhance the appearance of homes and business establishments. As a result, sectors such as home improvement and commercial cleaning continue to prosper. From ‘do-it-youselfers’ who eagerly tackle home-improvement projects, to commercial clients who outsource their cleaning needs, various factors are driving the demand for hardware products and commercial cleaning services. Ace Hardware and ServiceMaster Clean are among the long-standing franchises, featured on Franchise Solutions’ business directory, that allow you to tap into these industries and leverage some of the most recognized and trusted brand names in the world.   more...

Career Reinvention through Franchises that Focus on Recycling, Reusing and Reselling
If you’re ready for a career change and you’d like to own a business in one of the hottest industries, you may want to consider franchises that help the growing number of people who are looking to leave their days of over-consumption behind. As consumers shed their wasteful ways and embrace recycling, reusing and reselling their unwanted belongings, in an effort to rid their lives of excess possessions, certain businesses are reaping the rewards. From junk removal businesses, like 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, to resale retail franchises, like Complete Entertainment Exchange (CeX), Franchise Solutions’ business directory features a variety of concepts that let you tap into consumers’ new-found needs and priorities.   more...

Businesses that Make a Difference are a Popular Choice for Aspiring Business Owners
The recent economic upheaval has touched numerous lives and led many people to reexamine their values and priorities. Recent societal and economic shifts have created an increased interest in franchising in general as well as owning a business that positively impacts the community. Franchise Solutions’ business directory features a wide variety of concepts that make a positive difference in people’s lives. Home Care Seminars, which helps would-be business owners start their own home care agency, and Pillar To Post, a leading home inspection franchise are among the opportunities showcased on Franchise Solutions’ business directory that enable aspiring business owners to own a business that makes a difference.   more...

Franchises that Meet the Evolving Needs of a Mobile Society Prosper

Written by: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

With more people frequently relocating for personal and professional reasons, businesses that aid in the transition process are experiencing significant demand. In addition to moving companies, franchises that provide products and services like self-storage solutions and in-home care are meeting the needs of an increasingly mobile society. Zippy Shell, a mobile self-storage concept and FirstLight HomeCare, an in-home care franchise are among the opportunities featured on Franchise Solutions’ business directory that cater to the evolving needs of today’s consumers.
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Franchises that Occupy a Unique Niche in the Marketplace - and in Consumers’ Minds - Flourish

Written by: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

From fast food concepts to eco-friendly businesses, franchises that occupy a unique niche in the marketplace are flourishing. By offering products and services that people are passionate about, franchises like Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest hot dog chain, and Go Green Planters, an eco-conscious specialty plant products franchise, attract a loyal customer base. For aspiring business owners, such franchise brands provide the chance to own a business that boasts a built-in devoted audience and a strong brand identity.
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Franchise Solutions’ Business Directory Showcases a Concept in the Recession-Resistant and Rewarding Franchise Consulting Industry

Written by: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

Widespread corporate layoffs and a lackluster job market have led many unemployed individuals to abandon their job search and pursue other opportunities. Franchise ownership, in particular, is proving to be an appealing option for a growing number of people. As a result, franchise consulting companies that help aspiring franchise owners determine their ideal franchise, are experiencing increased demand.
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A Rewarding Second Act

Written by: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

Like many people, Valerie Neely found herself a victim of downsizing when her position with the Brookfield, Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau was eliminated in October 2009. Although it's been less than six months since she was laid off, Neely can already put a positive spin on the event.
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Franchise Solutions’ Business Directory Highlights a Specialty Food Concept that Lets Prospective Business Owners Tap into the Popularity of Going Gourmet

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

The overwhelming popularity of celebrity chefs and cooking TV shows has led to an increased consumer interest in gourmet food. And as people juggling hectic schedules cut back on dining out and enjoy more meals at home, the demand for prepared meals and gourmet, specialty food products is growing significantly. Franchise Solutions’ business directory features MyMenu, a gourmet frozen foods retail franchise that specializes in easy-to-prepare, restaurant-quality meal ideas.
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Franchise Solutions’ Business Directory Features Franchise Brands that are Consumer Favorites

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

In our busy society, errands like shuttling children to extracurricular activities, and grabbing a tasty meal on-the-go have become a regular part of people’s daily routines. So it’s little wonder that businesses that offer enriching children’s programs and restaurants that provide convenient, delicious meals are experiencing significant growth. Franchise Solutions’ business directory features numerous franchises that are consumer favorites, including School of Rock, a music education franchise and Metro BurgerSM, a gourmet fast-casual hamburger concept.
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The Eco-Advantage: Green Franchises = Sustainable Solutions

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

If you’re intrigued by companies that are emerging as leaders in fast-growing industries like the green movement then you’ll be interested in learning about innovative franchise opportunities that let you tap into some of the hottest industries. Earth-friendly franchises, for example, cater to the growing interest in protecting the environment and provide you with the opportunity to own an in-demand, eco-conscious business.
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Franchise Solutions Named a Top 5 Portal for Overall Performance and Lead Quality by Franchise Benchmark

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

Franchise Solutions, a leading authority on franchising, is proud to once again be recognized in Franchise Benchmark’s most recent industry analysis. The latest Franchise Benchmark report, which evaluated the three month time period from November 2009 through January 2010, ranks Franchise Solutions among the Top 5 franchise portals for both overall performance and Confidential Questionnaire (CQ) completion rates.
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Franchise Solutions’ Business Directory Highlights Concepts that Cater to the Needs of Today’s Executives and Consumers

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

An uncertain economy has presented challenges for many companies; and as a result of mounting stress levels many people have adopted unhealthy eating habits and inactive lifestyles. In an effort to overcome these obstacles, many executives and consumers are turning to experts who can help them achieve greater success in the future. From corporate mediation and debt restructuring to health and wellness, there are a wide-range of franchises and business opportunities that offer aspiring business owners the chance to own a business that provides corporate clients and consumers with solutions to the most-commonly faced problems. Franchise Solutions’ comprehensive online business directory features franchises and businesses that address the needs of today’s executives and consumers.
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Concepts that Keep Homes Clean, Organized and Clutter-Free Flourish

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

The overwhelming urge to purge the clutter that’s accumulated in closets, cabinets, garages and basements is almost instinctive at the beginning of a new year, as people take stock of their lives and adopt an ‘out with old, in with the new’ mentality. However, despite the best of intentions, many busy individuals and families lack the time, motivation and objectivity it takes to keep their homes clean, organized and clutter-free throughout the year. As a result, consumers are turning to organization experts and cleaning professionals. Home organization, junk removal, cleaning and restoration franchise concepts are experiencing tremendous demand and provide prospective franchisees with the chance to own a business that offers much-needed, sought-after services.
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Working from Home Offers Business Owners Affordable, Flexible Franchise Options

Written By: Pam Gold, Franchise Solutions

As the new year begins, prospective business owners are thinking about the coming year and making plans to purchase a business in 2010. Particularly since experiencing difficult economic times, business buyers have become more frugal, choosing not to spend their entire life savings on a business. In general, people value time with their families, a more flexible schedule, and cutting out the daily commute to work. Franchise Solutions, a leading online business information website, features a comprehensive directory of home-based businesses for sale.
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Make 2010 the Year that You Become a Franchise Owner

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

With a new year approaching, now is an ideal time to reevaluate your future goals and aspirations. If the economic climate has put you in a holding pattern and you’re determined to make 2010 the year that you turn your hopes and dreams into action, then consider becoming your own boss. Franchise ownership enables you to get into business in a relatively brief period of time with an established concept that features a well-known brand and a proven business system.
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Franchise Solutions’ Highlights a Top Concept in the Lucrative Pizza Industry

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

While purchasing luxury goods and fine dining may be on the decline, consumers are still relying on businesses that offer convenient and affordable products and services.
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Franchise Solutions’ Online Business Directory Showcases Franchises that Combine Multiple High-Demand Qualities for Prospective Business Owners

Written By: Pam Gold, Franchise Solutions

Combining industries that are in ultra high demand by consumers, the ability to work from home on a flexible schedule, and require a low investment that won’t cause investors to lose their nest eggs or homes, today’s most popular business opportunities and franchises must offer prospective business buyers a multitude of qualities.
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Lower Investment Business Opportunities and Franchises are Popular with New Entrepreneurs

Written By: Pam Gold, Franchise Solutions

In today’s unsettled economy, many people are searching for a way to feel more secure about their financial future. Whether they’ve experienced corporate lay-offs or they’ve always dreamed of being their own boss, business ownership continues to be a popular way for individuals to gain control over their finances and futures.
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Home-Based Businesses Offer Flexibility and Play an Important Role in the Economy

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

With computers and the Internet powering practically every function of every business, its little wonder that many companies no longer require traditional office space to succeed in the current marketplace. From large corporations to small startups, employees, executives and business owners are conducting business from home offices. In a virtual age where people have become accustomed to instantly connecting with others from around the globe, home-based businesses have become widely accepted and play an important role in the economy. More than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of the owner’s home. Fortunately, with the wide-range of home-based franchise opportunities that are available, you don’t have to have an ingenious idea for a new business to experience the freedom and flexibility of being your own boss and working from home.
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Franchise Solutions’ Business Directory Features Sub & Sandwich Restaurant Concepts

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

Subs and sandwiches have become the go-to choice for a growing number of health-conscious, busy people looking for a quick meal that’s nutritious and delicious. In addition to being convenient, subs and sandwiches are also easy on consumers’ waistlines and their wallets. Restaurant franchises that are known for offering fresh subs and sandwiches are thriving and many are expanding their franchise networks.
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Franchise Solutions’ Business Directory Includes Health and Beauty Concepts that Help People Look and Feel Their Best

Written By: Jocelyn Chavez, Franchise Solutions

In the ongoing quest for self-improvement, consumers rely heavily on products and services that help them enhance and maintain their appearance. As a result, the health and fitness and beauty sectors have grown into multi-billion dollar industries.
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Businesses that Offer Customers Affordable Products and Services Prosper

Written By: Pam Gold, Franchise Solutions

As we recover from tough economic challenges, consumers and businesses alike seem to have learned some valuable lessons abut spending: We’ve all learned to spend less, save where we can, and indulge in smaller luxuries. Businesses that offer products and services that are affordable have successfully made it through the economic storm.
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The Auto Industry Attracts a Wide Range of Prospective Business Owners
Despite a period of economic tumult, certain sectors remain unscathed. The automotive aftermarket and service industry is proving to be one area that withstands economic fluctuations. In fact, with drivers keeping their vehicles longer, the automotive service industry is thriving. Aspiring business owners, from all walks of life, have taken note and are increasingly choosing to own auto-related franchise concepts. Automotive franchises offer prospective franchisees the opportunity to become part of an enduring industry, and previous automotive experience often isn’t necessary to qualify.   more...

Getting Financed!
Are you ready to be a franchisee, but you do not have the liquid assets necessary to make your big purchase? You can still own a franchise! Learn the basics of getting financed and you'll be on your way to becoming the owner of your own business.   more...

Women and Minorities Fuel Economic Growth and Franchise Expansion
From the leadership positions they hold, to the purchasing power they wield, women and minorities play an important role in the overall U.S. economy. Women and minorities have a presence in every industry and their contributions fuel economic growth. Hispanics alone account for 15% of the U.S. population, and by 2050 that number is expected to nearly double to 29%.   more...

Economic Challenges Haven’t Shaken the Fitness Industry
During a rough period in our country’s economy, it’s hard to find a business that hasn’t been affected by the consumer trend of spending less, but one brand in the massive fitness and wellness industry has seen positive growth and brand loyalty. One2One BodyScapes, a Massachusetts-based personal training franchise has seen an increase in personal training sales for the first quarter of 2009, up 9% over the fourth quarter of last year.   more...

Don’t Judge a Book, or an Online Franchise Inquiry by its Cover
According to Mario Altiery, President and CEO of the Upside Group, and other franchise sales consulting and training professionals, it's not the quality of the leads, but how franchisors are handling those inquiries and communicating with prospects that perpetuates what has become a very inefficient sales process.   more...

How Social Media Can Help You Find the Right Business to Own
We’ve all heard a thing or two about Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and other popular social media vehicles…everyone from The White House and Oprah to your best friends and relatives seem to be captivated by these new forums for communication and information. In fact, social media sites can help you find the right business to own by providing you with insider information and by connecting you with business ownership experts, franchisors, other prospective business buyers, and current and past franchise owners. Now is the ideal time to use this technology to help you find the perfect business.   more...

The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Maintains a Bright Spot in the Franchise Community
According to R. L. Polk & Co. in its annual vehicle population report, the median age of passenger cars in operation in the U.S. increased to 9.4 years in 2008, breaking the previous two-year record high. In fact, analysts from J.D. Power, Deutsche Bank Securities, and Wachovia Capital Markets all estimate that auto sales in the U.S. declined as much as 43 percent last month in comparison to sales in March of 2008. What does all this mean to prospective franchise owners? With the economy still in a rut and more consumers keeping and maintaining their vehicles versus buying new, the automotive repair industry is a smart business choice for those seeking a franchise to own.   more...

Rise Above Current Economic Woes with a Business that Meets the Fast Growing Needs of Today’s Families
Whether you’ve recently been laid off and are seeking a job alternative, lost a large percentage of your retirement fund and wish you could find a different place to invest your hard-earned money, or you’re simply ready to take control of your future, business ownership in a high-demand service industry could be exactly what you’re looking for. In particular, services that cater to the fast growing senior population are in high-demand throughout the country.   more...

Planet-Friendly Franchises Sweep the Nation
As environmental awareness increases and governments, companies, and consumers demand planet-friendly alternatives for just about every product and service, a growing number of franchise companies are meeting the demand by changing the way they do business. Some concepts have centered their businesses around going green, while others have simply moved with the times by bettering the ways in which they do business. Today, the green movement is sweeping across the nation, positively impacting the franchise industry.   more...

Think Owning a Franchise Business Entails Cleaning Homes or Managing a Fast Food Restaurant? Think Again!
If business ownership appeals to you but you do not want to clean homes or work in a fast food restaurant, you’re in luck. Franchises are available in well over 90 diverse industries and depending on your preferences, goals, and of course, business choice, you can potentially own a single territory without any employees, or you can own multiple locations and simply manage the managers.   more...

Explore Your Financing Options During Difficult Economic Times
If you’re considering your franchise ownership options, you’ll need to decide how much money you’re willing to invest in your new business. Most franchises, big or small, require some amount of cash down when a new franchisee plans to purchase a business. Regardless of total investment, some franchisors require that prospective franchisees possess a large amount of available cash, while others require less liquid capital to cover the initial investment. Unless you have enough cash to completely cover the initial investment, you will definitely need to find a source of funding in order to purchase your franchise.    more...

Even During Troubled Economic Times, High-Demand Industries Offer Recession-Resistant Franchise
For the focused entrepreneur, a franchise business can offer a proven opportunity to succeed, regardless of the economy. One of the keys to success is choosing a business in an industry that is in high demand with few competitors in a particular market.   more...

Save Time and Money: Own a Home-Based Business
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of the nation’s businesses are run from home. With lower start-up fees and overhead, home-based businesses are a smart choice and with computers and technology, a wide variety of franchises can now be run successfully from home. Surprising industries with home-based businesses for sale include pet training, business consulting, carpet and blind dealers, and senior in-home care businesses, just to name a few. So, if business ownership is in your future, you may want to consider a home-based business.   more...

No Previous Experience Required: Why You Do Not Need Industry Experience to Own a Franchise
If you’re in the middle of searching for a franchise to own, you’ve probably read about franchise concepts that state, 'No previous experience is necessary.' How can this be the case when you’ll own and possibly manage a business? The reality is that although some concepts do require previous business ownership or industry experience, most truly do not.   more...

Investing Wisely: Why an Investment in a Business Makes Sense
Wealth equals stability, independence and control and regardless of the economic climate, we all want to increase the size of our nest eggs. During challenging economic times, we’re all seeking investments that continue to prosper and if you choose a high-demand business in the right market, franchise ownership could be an ideal investment for you.    more...

Make Your Mark on the Beauty and Fitness Industry With a Proven Franchise
Maintaining one’s appearance requires investing a considerable amount of time and money. Consumers are so concerned with their looks that they go to great lengths to enhance, preserve and alter what Mother Nature gave them. Our obsession with youth and beauty has made receiving Botox injections as commonplace as a visit to the dentist; and is spurring a beauty and rejuvenation industry estimated at $128 billion in the U.S. alone. Beauty is big business and there is a vast array of fitness and beauty franchises that keep people looking their best. Make your mark on the beauty and fitness industry by owning a franchise.   more...

As of July 1, 2008, The New Franchise Rule will Provide Franchise Buyers with More Information
In an effort to streamline the Franchise Rule to make it more similar to the, Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (or UFOC - the official document franchises use to disclose information about their business to potential buyers), the Rule is undergoing a transformation. The amendments to the Franchise Rule were announced in January 2007, and as of July 1, 2008 all franchisors are required to comply with the new regulations. As a result, prospective franchisees will have access to more information about the franchises they’re considering buying than ever before.   more...

Summer is a Hot Season for Many Franchises
Summer involves embracing a whole new lifestyle for many people. Routines and responsibilities fall by the wayside and are replaced with leisurely activities. As many people’s habits and activities change with the season, so do their needs and wants. Consumers with more leisure time on their hands frequently rely on the convenience and familiarity of franchises whether they’re close to home or vacationing across the country. Travel and lodging, automotive and landscaping companies typically experience increased business activity during this time of year, but there are many other franchises that see business heat up during the summer.   more...

Owning a Cleaning Franchise Doesn’t Involve Getting Your Hands Dirty
But it does mean that you’ll join the fastest growing segment of the home services industry. Demand for cleaning franchises is increasing by 5.5% every year. Residential cleaning is projected to be a $10.7 billion a year industry in the next two years. But you don’t have to love cleaning - or perform any cleaning - to own a business in this thriving industry. House cleaning franchises, like CottageCare provide a lucrative, stable opportunity for franchise owners who don’t clean homes themselves, but rather manage a staff that performs the cleaning. Rescue consumers from the dreaded task of cleaning their homes by owning a solid business with staying-power.   more...

Taking a Bite Out of the Multi-Billion Dollar Pet Care Industry
Pets are beloved family members that occupy a special place in peoples’ hearts. As families become increasingly busy and juggle hectic schedules, caring for their pets is a responsibility they’re often outsourcing. Just as people hire someone to clean their house or mow their lawns, consumers are hiring experts to train and clean up after their dogs.   more...

Your Self Employment Options Include Business Ownership
If you know you are ready for self employment but you are unsure of how to get there consider franchise ownership. Franchise ownership can make your dreams of self employment come true faster and safer than going it alone. Franchises have proven products/services, established brands, and the support and training you will find invaluable. Whether you plan to throw yourself into your business wholeheartedly or take it slowly and build your company on the side, there are franchises and business opportunities to suit your lifestyle and interests.   more...

Financing Your Future is Easier When You Choose to Own an SBA-Approved Franchise
You’re thinking of taking the leap and starting your own business. You know that you have the skills and business savvy to start your own franchise or business opportunity and you’re ready to leave your current career The only piece of the puzzle that’s missing is funding your dream. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved franchises are an excellent choice for prospective business owners because it’s easier to obtain financing if the franchise is SBA-approved. Fortunately, there are also a host of additional funding options available from lenders.   more...

Starbucks Isn’t the Only Path to Owning an In-demand Coffee Shop
If you’ve ever dreamed of opening your own coffee shop franchise, owning a Starbucks Franchise is probably the first thing that came to mind. However, the Starbucks Corporation does not franchise their stores. Fortunately, coffee shops as a whole are booming.   more...

McDonald's and Burger King Continue to Pave the Way for Fast Food Franchises
When people think of ‘fast food’ franchises, McDonald’s golden arches and Burger King’s crown insignias are the first images that come to mind. However, in addition to traditional fast food restaurants, there is a plethora of other fast food franchise opportunities available ranging from healthier fast food alternatives to fast casual concepts.   more...

The ‘Booming’ Franchise Industry
As the nation’s population of baby boomers approach retirement, they are finding themselves with financial security and the luxury of free time. Their children are grown and they are embarking on a new chapter in their lives. Many are devoting time to traveling and taking better care of themselves. As they embrace their new lifestyle, they are discovering new wants and needs. Frequently, the products and services provided by franchises are meeting those needs.   more...

Own a Home-Based Business: Enjoy Freedom and Flexibility
"I have so much flexibility. I can attend my children's soccer games and school plays. I can stay home with them when they get sick. I can shop in the morning and work in the evening if I prefer! I am not tied to anyone's schedule," explains Kellie Healy, who worked in the corporate world for twenty years. Today, Healy happily owns and runs a TSS Photography franchise from her home.   more...

Franchise Basics in 2008
As a New Year begins, now is a great time to brush up on basic facts about franchising. Whether you've vowed to buy a franchise in 2008, or already own a franchise and just want to make sure you have your facts straight, here's your opportunity to learn the basics.   more...

Technology Helps Franchisees Run Their Businesses
The use of technology in franchising is widespread. Even businesses that seem surprisingly un-technical, utilize computers, software programs, Intranets, websites, and email vehicles for use in communication, management, advertising, and day-to-day running of the business. From travel agencies to home improvement businesses, almost every franchise system imaginable uses at least some technology in their business system.   more...

Home Services: Booming Businesses in a Fabulous Industry!
The home services industry is booming. As Americans work and play harder than ever, it's becoming more and more common for various home tasks to be outsourced. People simply don't have time to clean, take care of their lawns, and fix problems that might arise in their homes. That's when the home services industry comes into the picture.   more...

Understanding Franchise Earnings Claims
If you’re considering purchasing a franchise, and wonder just how much you will be able to earn and whether the business is a good, sound investment, now is a great time to learn more about earnings claims, and what a franchisor can and cannot tell you.   more...

Home Services: High-Demand Businesses in a Fabulous Industry!
The home services industry is booming. As Americans work and play harder than ever, it's becoming more typical for busy consumers to outsource various home-related tasks and projects to professionals. People simply don't have time to clean, take care of their lawns, and fix problems that might arise in their homes. That's when the home services industry comes into the picture: From in-home, non-medical senior care services to home decorating, this category of businesses offers solutions to just about any home-based need a consumer can think of. There are many misconceptions regarding the ownership and management of a franchise in this industry. Read on and learn about the many exciting opportunities available to you, and why in today’s market, buying a home services franchise can be a great choice.    more...

Always Dreamed of Working from Home?
Over 20 million businesses are run from home offices in the United States. With lower start-up fees and overhead, home-based businesses are a smart choice for many and with computers and technology, a wide variety of franchises can now be run successfully from home.   more...

Franchise or Original Business...
The economy and job market are tough: Recent college graduates are working in stores and loyal, long-time employees are being laid off. Owning a business of one’s own is becoming more and more appealing for people in all levels of their career. So how do you choose between starting an original business and buying a franchise?    more...

Federal, State Law Enforcers Complete Bogus Business Opportunity Sweep
The Federal Trade Commission today announced Project FAL$E HOPE$, a federal and state law enforcement sweep targeting bogus business opportunities and work-at-home scams. The crackdown includes more than 100 law enforcement actions by the FTC, the Department of Justice, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and law enforcement agencies in 11 states. In four of the new FTC cases alone, consumers have lost more than $30 million.   more...

Children's Resale Shopping Gaining Traction
Ann Arbor, MI – Children's resale shopping is a growing trend among U.S. consumers, according to a newly released survey whose findings showed that more than two-thirds of American families purchased items for their children at resale stores during the past two years.    more...

Franchise Basics
As a New Year begins, now is a great time to brush up on basic facts about franchising. Whether you've vowed to buy a franchise in 2006, or already own a franchise and just want to make sure you have your facts straight, here's your opportunity to learn the basics.   more...

'Cool' Franchises are Hot!
As summer kicks into full-gear and the sun heats up, millions of people flock to their nearest warm-weather treatery for the best super-premium ice cream, frozen custard, and smoothies.   more...