Reading about franchise ownership isn't thrilling. It's interesting...even entertaining at times. But, it's not thrilling. We're talking about business articles here, not Stephen King novels. Out of the close to 2000 articles on franchising I've written over the years, I can't think of one that I'd call "thrilling." Admittedly, I'm an average writer. But, I'm better than I used to be thanks to people like Ann, Chris, Jon and Sonia-who have taught me how to be a better
Is this how to stand out? To fully take advantage of the franchise business model, franchisees need to follow and use the marketing systems that have been laid out before them. These systems, (when they are at their best) can make a franchise brand stand out.....and clobber the non-franchise business competition. Which begs this question; Do you want to be the one doing the clobbering, or do you want to get clobbered? Your choice. How To Make Your Local Franchise
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Whenever I meet someone in person, or via phone/Skype, that tells me that they're "shopping for a franchise," I stiffen up, and immediately enter the stress-zone. My blood pressure rises, the vein in the middle of my forehead starts to throb, and I know that it's time to hold my tongue. Please, please, please, don't enter the franchise shopping zone. There's no such thing.... It's not like you're out shopping and then buying a new car at your local car dealership. It's so different.
Some of my more pro-active royal subjects have been scouring the www for interesting and informative stories all week, and here's what they came up with; I'm starting to wonder of small business loans are starting to get approved. You know; approved. Rieva Lesonsky shares some data on this Small Business Trends post. There's a new blog for you rocket scientists; Escape Velocity. I'm kidding; It's not for rocket scientists. It's for folks that want to do things better.
Weeding through business news of any type online can be truly overwhelming.There are just so many darn choices! Too much clutter potential! Would you like to know how I'm able to organize the day's top business-related stories into one clean, neat, and manageable little pile?
Here's this week's franchise business blog poll. Please vote, so that The Franchise Kingdom can see how you feel about current franchise and small business related issues. Thank you!Online Surveys&Market ResearchA Man (or woman) On The GoNo matter how you answered this week's web poll, if you do travel for business, there are a lot of ways that you can make things go smoother in the airport-hotel-rental car environment. My friend, Chris Brogan, just started a new website, and
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