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The Best CRM Software of 2020
BY Simone Johnson

Looking for the best CRM software? We have easy-to-read, expert unbiased reviews and feature comparisons of the best and cheapest programs.

Advice
How do you manage to-do tasks at your company?
QUESTION | BY Josh Nicholson | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/02/20

How you manage to-do items on your tasks/checklist? Please let me know if you manage the task checklist manually on writing pads or you use any to-do list apps.

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Achieving the Ideal Franchisor-Franchisee Relationship
BY Don Daszkowski

The franchisor-franchisee relationship is unique and takes effort from both sides. Here's what both parties can do to forge a successful partnership.

Advice
How can I improve the productivity of workers?
QUESTION | BY Sushil Gupta | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/02/20

I have started a civil contracting company in bahrain, 4 months ago. I have 27 years of working experience also in civil engineering as an engineer and construction manager. Now I am facing problem...

Advice
Where do you keep your customer list if you don't use a CRM software?
QUESTION | BY Anisia Allen | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/17/20

I believe my business is still too small to spend money on implementing a CRM software. However, I have begun to accumulate several customers and I don't know where to keep their contact information....

Article
Are There Any COVID-19-Proof Franchises Out There?
BY Don Daszkowski

While there's no guaranteed COVID-proof investment, some sectors are better positioned than others. Here are eight franchise business areas that have done well through the pandemic.

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How to Transition From Your 9-to-5 Job to Full-Time Franchise Ownership
BY Nathan Resnick

Does your day job leave you exhausted at the end of the workweek? If so, franchising might be a good opportunity for you to be your own boss.

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Should You Buy an Existing Franchise?
BY business.com editorial staff

There's an alternative to launching a new franchise: Buy an existing one.

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Can You Afford to Buy a Franchise?
BY business.com editorial staff

It's possible even on a budget, but you need to know your options and obligations first.

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Commercial Real Estate Lessons From McDonald’s
BY business.com editorial staff

Small business owners can learn from the McDonald's business model of owning their own business real estate.

Advice
Can anyone recommend a good but simple team communication tool?
QUESTION | BY Kate Strickler | 46 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/23/20

I am working with a few people on a project and we keep sending around a lot of emails. I don't want to use a complex project management tool, as I think that would be too much. I would like to find...

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What is the best way to manage a team that is virtual?
QUESTION | BY S. Thomas Warden | 25 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/17/20

I now have several people on my team and most people are working virtually. Two of us are in the same city, but the rest are in different time zones. I would like to start having weekly staff...

Advice
What is the best project management app you are using?
QUESTION | BY Josh Nicholson | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/12/20

I want to know what web or mobile app and software you are using to manage your daily tasks and projects. There are many task management app available in the market but want to know what works best...

Advice
What is the best project management software?
QUESTION | BY Kritika Pandey | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/12/20

I am looking for some good project management software recommendations for my start-up company.

Advice
Where can I find a good virtual assistant?
QUESTION | BY Maxine Jones | 16 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/12/20

Hi everyone! I've been doing a lot of research on virtual assistance and I find that it may come in handy for me and my business. Has anyone ever used this type of service? If so, is there a...

Advice
What's the best multi-client project, task and document management software?
QUESTION | BY Kara Brown | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/10/20

I'm an independent with a growing retainer-based business. I'm looking for a software to help me track projects, to-do lists, document management and sharing, etc. for all my clients. Right now...

Article
Transitioning From Corporate America to Franchise Business Ownership
BY Jim Judy

The thought of leaving the corporate world for business ownership is both exciting and frightening. These steps can help you decide and prepare.

Article
The Ultimate Local Franchise Marketing Guide
BY Guy Sheetrit

Franchising is regarded as one of the most effective methods of expanding a business, with impressive success rates. However, underlying the successes of most franchises are marketing struggles...

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5 Reasons Why Franchising Could Save Your Retirement Plans
BY Eric Stites

Franchising is a solid option for people who are looking to better prepare for retirement. Here's what you need to know before making this decision.

Advice
What is the best project management software for the money?
QUESTION | BY Adam Brewer | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/01/19

I have a ton of projects going on in multiple different industries like web design, graphic design, SEO, social media marketing, printing, etc. I need an effective way to organize all my projects and...

Article
How to Turn Your Small Business Into a Successful Franchise
BY Luke Fitzpatrick

Franchising your business can be a rewarding experience when done right.

Article
3 Tips for Building an Investor-Ready Franchise Business
BY Howard Goldstein

You can do these things in advance to make your business invest-worthy.

Article
How to Know if Franchising Is Right for You
BY Josh Cohen

You should answer these questions before deciding to be a franchise partner.

Advice
What do you recommend for a free online scheduling software?
QUESTION | BY David Phillips | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/09/19

Anyone have recommendations for a free online scheduling software. I would like the following capabilities: 1) Web site integration allowing clients to go online and book open appts. 2) ...

Advice
How can I best keep track of my team's diaries/weekly planner?
QUESTION | BY KATE GURNEY | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/09/19

I now have 3 dog walkers working for the business, but I need to keep track of each persons' schedule on a weekly basis. I will use this to cross check invoices received prior to payment of invoices....

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The Best Social Media Management and Monitoring Tools of 2020
BY Saige Driver

Looking for the best and most affordable social media monitoring tools? We have expert reviews and feature comparisons of the top social media analytic tools.

Advice
Does anyone have a recommendation for an online decision tree tool?
QUESTION | BY Mary-Alice Miller | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/28/18

I usually use a whiteboard or powerpoint to make decision trees, but would prefer to find a simple-to-use online tool. If anyone has used one they would recommend, let me know. Thanks!

Advice
Are you leveraging "PMaaS"? (Project Management as a Service)?
QUESTION | BY Vincent Cottrell | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/30/18

As we continue to improve our services I am on a continued quest to engage our community and ask questions to see which Outsourcing solutions work best for you and your company and to learn more...

Advice
How can I prevent non-paying clients?
QUESTION | BY Diane Coville | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/17/18

I am a Virtual Assistant, specializing in Inbound Marketing and Social Media. All my clients are NOT local. I have a contract new clients sign. But when it comes to payment some go "Missing In...

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Is Your Business Ready for Expansion? 1-800-GOT-JUNK's CEO Can Help
BY Chad Brooks

Brian Scudamore talks about when entrepreneurs should consider expanding their business.