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Franchise News Clips

A curated list of franchise-related news articles by the FranchiseHelp team

12/09/2019

WSJ - Women Flock to Franchising

Women’s presence in the franchise industry is soaring. As of May, women own or co-own 35% of the franchise outlets in the U.S.—around 265,000—according to the Franchise Business Review research firm. That represents outlet growth of 24% from a decade earlier, and in the two years ended in May, 41% of new franchise outlets opened have been owned or co-owned by women. And in some sectors, such as interior decorating, they far outnumber their male counterparts...


QSR Magazine - How to Improve Franchisee Relationships

...It’s important to build up trust in franchisor-franchisee relationships, especially for chains in the process of adding more franchisee-run units. Improving and maintaining those relationships is crucial for a strong brand, and operators looking to bolster the connection and communication with their franchisees can get the ball rolling by following a few guidelines...

12/02/2019

Forbes - Everything You Need To Look For When Considering Buying A Franchise

Buying a business is more than likely one of the most substantial investments a person will make in their life. All of this is not to say the end result isn’t worth it; rather, investing in a franchise is an excellent way to escape the corporate grind and go into business for yourself, but not necessarily by yourself…


Franchising.com - First Annual Franchise Marketing Report Provides Invaluable Marketing Intel

This new annual report provides franchise consumer marketers with invaluable data and analysis they can use to benchmark their performance against other brands, within both franchising and their industry sector - a resource they can use to improve the effectiveness and ROI of their marketing efforts…


Forbes - Tips And Tricks For Franchisors: How Effective Promotions Can Improve Franchisees' Experience

While there are numerous ways you can keep your franchisees happy and thriving, from offering plenty of support to keeping lines of communication open, I’ve found that one of the most important is helping them grow by bringing in as many customers as possible...

11/25/2019

Entrepreneur - The Hottest Franchise Categories of 2020

Here at Entrepreneur, we've been covering the franchise industry for more than 40 years -- and making predictions about it for just as long. Way back in March 1980, our very first Franchise 500 issue included a story titled "Franchising: Ready for the Eighties," which sought to offer "an incisive look at trends to watch in the Eighties... and predict the shape of franchising to come." Now we continue the tradition set by that article with our annual list looking at the franchise categories we expect to do best in the year ahead…


Entrepreneur - Why Franchises Are Funding Their Employees' Education

…Across the franchise world, her story is becoming common. An increasing number of franchises have started to offer education benefits for full- and part-time employees, ranging from college tuition assistance to English language instruction and high school equivalency programs. And it’s happening because these businesses have discovered something seemingly counterintuitive: Spending money on their employees’ education -- and therefore providing access to opportunities far larger than their current jobs -- isn’t just good for employees. It’s also good for business…


Forbes - Tips From A Franchise Coach: What Does It Take To Be A Franchise Owner?

...Before speaking to franchisors, reviewing a franchise disclosure document (or FDD) or attending a discovery day, there are several important steps that need to be taken to help determine if you're a good fit for franchising. This starting process serves as the foundation for future success, regardless of your final path...

11/18/2019

Franchising.com - Better Data Management Leads to Improved Marketing Results

...One of the most important steps a franchise can make is to understand and take control of their marketing by seeing what is happening clearly across all locations. Finding a centralized platform that is easy to understand and provides dynamic reporting for both individual locations as well as the entire brand is vital…


Franchising.com - Developing a Culture of Growth: 2019 FLDC Draws Nearly 500 to Atlanta

...The sold-out Sponsor Networking Gallery provided plenty of opportunities for attendees to socialize and share the highs and lows of life in the franchise development lane with their peers, as exhibitors and suppliers lined up to help them explore and shop for business solutions, strategies, products, and services to help them grow...


Forbes - Five Secrets To Selling A Franchise

...Put simply, today's franchisees are just like today's consumers: discerning, digitally literate and wary of the hard sell. Given this, below are five secrets for franchisors looking for effective franchise development...

11/11/2019

PR Newswire - Entry Process Opens for 2020 Global Franchise Awards

Aiming to celebrate brands working the hardest to advance the cause of international franchising, Global Franchise Magazine – an informative voice on worldwide franchising news and trends – announced today that it is accepting submissions for the third annual Global Franchise Awards…

11/04/2019

Forbes - Can You Sell Or Buy Franchises Without An Item 19?

...But I believe there are actually a lot of ethical reasons to leave the Item 19 out, and prospective franchise owners need to be aware of that before they rush through an FDD in search of Item 19. What you’re seeing in writing is not always the full picture. So, if you’re wondering if you should include an item 19 in your FDD, you can make good arguments either way. But here are some reasons why you shouldn’t....


Franchising.com - What Does Company Culture Mean for Your Bottom Line?

In franchising, who you are is just as important as what you do. Sometimes, it's more important. This is a lesson that many franchise CEOs learn the hard way. When you're running one or two locations, company culture is easy because it's you. You're seeing and interacting with your employees, your product, your processes, and your customers every day. But as you grow and expand, it becomes harder to maintain who you are as a brand…

10/28/2019

JDSupra - Ninth Circuit Finds Franchisors Not Joint Employers of Employees of Franchisees Absent Direct Control Over Wages, Hours and Working Conditions

On October 1, 2019, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that McDonald’s Corporation was not liable as a joint employer for any alleged wage and hour violations committed against its California franchisee’s employees because McDonald’s did not exercise enough control over them...


New York Times - How to Get Rich by Buying a Franchise (Really)

...“Franchising is not an industry,” Mr. Johnson said. “What you’re really asking is, what industries are more or less susceptible to downturns? And within those industries, what’s the presence of franchises?” If someone is inclined to buy a franchise, whether for the independence or the wealth, a cleareyed view of what is being pitched is important. Here are some questions to consider...


Franchising.com - 2020: What To Expect in International Franchise Development, Part 2

Despite the political, economic, and trade "festivities" going on around the world today, there are increasing opportunities for new franchise global development in 2020 and beyond. I asked international franchise specialists in my network who reside and work in various regions of the world for their advice for 2020. This is part 2, and includes perspectives from the U.K., Central Europe, and the United Arab Emirates…


Entrepreneur - How to Find the Best CRM for Your Franchise

In 2019, every company has to be a technology company. It doesn’t matter if you’re a franchise, a small business, or a nonprofit -- buyers expect you to provide good service, and to do that, you need to have access to information. Five years ago, if you wanted to use customer relationship management software, it cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and was time-consuming to install. Now, in a modern CRM, you’re looking for software that’s cost-­effective, quick to install, and straightforward to manage…


New York Law Journal - New Disclosure Document Cover Pages; Case Law Developments

Following years of study and deliberation, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Franchise Project Group—the quasi governmental body of federal and state franchise officials which coordinates franchise regulatory activity, initiatives and policy nationwide—recommended to NASAA a new series of Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) “state cover pages,” which NASAA voted to adopt on May 19, 2019...Each of the 14 states featuring franchise registration/disclosure statutes (California; Hawaii; Illinois; Indiana; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; New York; North Dakota; Rhode Island; South Dakota; Virginia; Washington; and Wisconsin) will in one fashion or another adopt these new FDD state cover pages mandate...

10/14/2019

Forbes - How to Create and Maintain Strong Franchisor-Franchisee Relationships for the Long-Term

In franchising, the importance of the relationship between franchisor and franchisee can’t be overstated. It is the dynamic that underscores success or failure at the unit level—and as a result, impacts the viability of a franchise system as a whole. If you’re new to the industry on either side of the aisle, it’s essential to understand what these relationships entail, what both parties can (and should) expect of one another and how to get the most out of the partnership, which, if maintained properly, can lead to long-term success...


Op-ed MarketWatch - Franchises need legal protection from joint-employment lawsuits

...This kind of uncertainty around brand control is stifling to entrepreneurs and local businesses but could be fixed with common-sense legislation. Fortunately, there’s a bipartisan solution with the Trademark Licensing Protection Act (TLPA). The TLPA simply says that brand standards aren’t employment standards. The reason is simple: brand standards are responsible for the quality, consistency, safety, and uniformity that consumers expect from franchises; but they don’t dictate how to achieve them…


QSR Magazine - Why it Pays to Give Franchisees Freedom to Innovate

...Individuality isn’t usually associated with the franchising model, one built on brand consistency down to the most minute details. But some limited-service brands have found that allowing franchisees the freedom to imbue their stores with their personalities brings about benefits like increased community connection and a deeper degree of trust...

10/07/2019

Entrepreneur - Licensing vs. Franchising: Which Path Is Right for You?

Whether you’re deciding how to best expand your business or buy into a business, there are lots of factors to consider, from emotional to financial to legal and more...The end message? Know your personality type, management style, how dependent or independent you intend to be and your goals for operating a business….


Forbes - Change Or Fail In Franchising

For the past few decades franchise companies have been lulled into a false sense of security by failing to innovate, primarily due to a dutiful ‘baby boomer’ clientele. Now that millennials are settling into place, failing to adapt to their interests, habits and beliefs can be fatal, and in franchising, you are putting a network of business owners at risk...


Forbes - How To Help Franchisees Adopt Local Digital Marketing

...So how can franchisors, who are often responsible for providing marketing infrastructure and guidance, help their franchisees adopt digital marketing at the local level? After working with thousands of franchisees from more than 200 franchise brands, this is what we’ve learned…


Franchising.com - Sales Advice for New Franchisors

...New franchisors are missing a good bet if they don't get the word out that they are franchising to their own customers, employees, suppliers, friends, and family. Using grassroots lead generation -- such as talking with or sending a letter to customers and suppliers, a kickoff meeting with employees, franchise information on your website, or postings on social media -- is not only cost-efficient, but (as noted above) these tactics can be highly effective...


Entrepreneur - Want to Open a Business? Here Are 5 Reasons to Consider Franchising.

For many people, the opportunity to own a business is the ultimate dream. In fact, a recent survey from The UPS Store found that nearly two-thirds of Americans dream of starting their own small business. However, the same survey revealed that a fear of failure can hold them back. This is certainly a valid concern, but there is one type of business that can give entrepreneurs a leg up on their own success: franchising...


AP - Franchise Brokers Association Announces Exclusive Partnership with Franchise Grade

Franchise Brokers Association (FBA) is proud to announce an official partnership with Franchise Grade, the number one authority on franchise system information. As a data research company, Franchise Grade is designed to deliver detailed franchise information to help brokers and the prospective franchisees they work with make an informed buying decision...