Succeeding in Your Business / Business

Can Your Business Be Franchised?

"My family and I run a very successful pub business in a Midwestern college town. We have a huge following, and a unique and distinctive railroad-themed image.

"A number of people have approached us wanting to license our business concept. I've...

The 10 Biggest Business Plan Mistakes

In any given year, I look at hundreds of business plans from entrepreneurs and business school students across the country. While the businesses are all over the place, ranging from basic retail and service businesses to advanced technology ...

The McDonalds Case and the Future of Franchising

Buying a franchise is halfway between owning your own business and working for someone else. When you buy a franchise, you are responsible for profits and losses at your franchise outlet, you hire and fire employees, and you do all the stuff ...

The Jobless Economy

I should really stop reading newspapers. All they do is get you depressed. And angry.

When you write a column like this, you read a lot. An awful lot. You have to stay on top of just about every development having anything to do with the world ...

Before You Buy a Website

"I have been laid off for over a year now and have decided it's time to start a business of my own.

"I recently came across a business broker that specializes in buying and selling Web-based businesses. Basically, they represent companies and ...