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3 Tips for Building an Investor-Ready Franchise Business
By Howard Goldstein | January 08, 2021

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

Where can I find a good virtual assistant?
By Maxine Jones | 17 Answers | Last Activity on December 28, 2020

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...

When building a complex website, should I hire a project manager?
By Krista Sparks | 18 Answers | Last Activity on December 13, 2020

I am looking to build an online marketplace and have been talking to a few developers who can help build the website. I have met with a few people that are not developers, but project managers with...

4 Ways to Ensure Mold Doesn't Deter Your Business Reopening
By Brian Miller | November 05, 2020

As businesses reopen after lockdown, many are discovering their premises have been taken over by mold. Here's how to protect your business, building, employees and customers from mold.

What is the best project management app you are using?
By Josh Nicholson | 5 Answers | Last Activity on October 25, 2020

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...

How do you manage to-do tasks at your company?
By Josh Nicholson | 9 Answers | Last Activity on October 20, 2020

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.

The 8 Cheapest Franchises to Buy in 2020
By Max Freedman | October 06, 2020

Franchises are a way to own and run your own business, without having to put in the legwork to determine what to sell or how to market it.

Achieving the Ideal Franchisor-Franchisee Relationship
By Don Daszkowski | August 07, 2020

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

How can I improve the productivity of workers?
By Sushil Gupta | 3 Answers | Last Activity on August 02, 2020

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...

Where do you keep your customer list if you don't use a CRM software?
By Anisia Allen | 11 Answers | Last Activity on July 18, 2020

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....

Are There Any COVID-19-Proof Franchises Out There?
By Don Daszkowski | July 10, 2020

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.

How to Transition From Your 9-to-5 Job to Full-Time Franchise Ownership
By Nathan Resnick | June 24, 2020

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 | May 01, 2020

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

Can You Afford to Buy a Franchise?
By business.com editorial staff | April 22, 2020

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

Commercial Real Estate Lessons From McDonald’s
By business.com editorial staff | April 10, 2020

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

Can anyone recommend a good but simple team communication tool?
By Kate Strickler | 46 Answers | Last Activity on March 23, 2020

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...

What is the best way to manage a team that is virtual?
By S. Thomas Warden | 25 Answers | Last Activity on March 17, 2020

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...

Transitioning From Corporate America to Franchise Business Ownership
By Jim Judy | January 28, 2020

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

The Ultimate Local Franchise Marketing Guide
By Guy Sheetrit | November 17, 2019

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...

5 Reasons Why Franchising Could Save Your Retirement Plans
By Eric Stites | October 28, 2019

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.

What is the best project management software?
By Kritika Pandey | 17 Answers | Last Activity on October 23, 2019

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

What is the best project management software for the money?
By Adam Brewer | 18 Answers | Last Activity on September 01, 2019

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...

How to Turn Your Small Business Into a Successful Franchise
By Luke Fitzpatrick | July 24, 2019

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

How to Know if Franchising Is Right for You
By Josh Cohen | May 09, 2019

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

What do you recommend for a free online scheduling software?
By David Phillips | 5 Answers | Last Activity on May 09, 2019

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) ...

How can I best keep track of my team's diaries/weekly planner?
By KATE GURNEY | 11 Answers | Last Activity on May 09, 2019

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....

The Best Social Media Management and Monitoring Tools of 2020
By Saige Driver | January 08, 2019

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.

Does anyone have a recommendation for an online decision tree tool?
By Mary-Alice Miller | 5 Answers | Last Activity on September 28, 2018

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!

Are you leveraging "PMaaS"? (Project Management as a Service)?
By Vincent Cottrell | 4 Answers | Last Activity on August 30, 2018

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...