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November 25, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Small Business Saturday is upon us again. In a year that has been anything but normal, so many of us may be thinking long and hard about if and how we will follow the 10-year-old tradition of patronizing local small businesses. How we
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November 25, 2020 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article was written by Raqhelle Milbrooks, a member of the Entrepreneur NEXT powered by Assemble content team. Entrepreneur NEXT powered by Assemble is a freelance-matching platform leading the future of work. If you’re struggling to find, vet, and hire the right freelancers
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The hotel franchise industry has grown significantly in the last decade. In 2010, about 70% of branded hotels were franchise operations, but by 2019 that figure had jumped to about 80%, according to research by JLL.1 Most brands are recognizable names. Travelodge, Motel 6, Super 8 and Red Roof Inn may come to mind. But
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Your computers and devices are the lifeblood of your small business — your company uses them to communicate with vendors, clients, make critical business decisions, and hold your trade secrets. That’s why you can’t afford to make any of the following cybersecurity mistakes: Mistake #1 Underestimating Cybersecurity Threats As businesses grow more dependent on the
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Barbecue used to be mostly a southern delicacy, but today it is spreading across the United States especially in the south and even in Canada. Style variations like Kansas City BBQ, Memphis barbecue and North Carolina style are probably best known and have moved beyond regional roots while gaining broader followings. So it’s no surprise
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One of the ways to succeed in a COVID economy is to use “old school” marketing techniques. With people so isolated in their homes, postcards and direct mail are making a huge comeback. On the Small Business Radio Show this week, Joy Gendusa discusses how she grew PostcardMania, from a small startup into an industry
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When buying a franchise, the key number you will need to know for franchise financing purposes is the initial investment. The initial investment is your “all in” costs and includes the franchise fee and various startup costs such as grand opening, initial inventory, signage, leasehold improvements, supplies, equipment and more. The initial investment for most
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War Horses for Veterans provides combat veterans and first responders the tools to reintegrate into their communities and recover from trauma.  The program is based in Stilwell, Kansas. It’s an all-expenses-paid equine bonding/ networking experience. It’s been designed for combat veterans from across the country and first responders in the Kansas City Area. In a recent
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All vehicles need quality tires. But these important parts eventually wear down and need to be repaired or replaced. So tire repair and replacement services are always in demand. In fact, the U.S. tire industry is worth about $35 billion. And U.S. drivers shell out about $3 billion each year due to tire damage from
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This is a guest post by Himanshu, Exotel Customer support directly impacts customer loyalty, revenue churn, and customer lifetime value (CLV). As businesses grow, scaling customer support is important to deliver the same level of customer experience. But how does a company scale-up support without breaking the bank? Just increasing the team size by hiring more agents isn’t
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October 27, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As a former entrepreneur and immigrant New Yorker, I have experienced many of the challenges our small business owners face — from navigating city regulations to seeking necessary resources. Now, as the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services,
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Today with the thousands of franchises available, it’s possible to find a good selection of home-based franchises. And we’re here with a list of the best to choose from. Even if you don’t know how to research a franchise, we’ve done the legwork for you. Working from home allows freedom and flexibility along with low
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October 23, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Covid-19 has thrown many of America’s small businesses into survival mode. Although some are starting to rebound, others are still focusing on reclaiming lost revenues — many with fewer employees and resources than they had before the pandemic.  There’s no denying
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Bubble tea, sometimes referred to as boba, is a drink that usually includes tea, milk, and tapioca balls. There is a huge variety of flavors and styles. And the drink is known for being especially shareable in social media photos. So these shops are mainly popular with Gen Z and Millennials (Here’s what Millennials want),
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If you buy something through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. The negative health effects of prolonged sitting are responsible for more offices adopting standing desks. But standing on hard surfaces for a long time can also be just as bad. Anti-fatigue or standing desk mats will get rid
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October 15, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The push to move from paper to digital business processes has accelerated over the last several years due in part to customer expectations. Companies also began to better understand the urgent need to lower costs and improve customer experiences. Yet many companies
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When thinking about whether a franchise is right for you, it’s essential to dig deep into your own psyche.  Make sure you are investing in a business for all the right reasons. You have to desire it! More than that, a franchise has to be a good fit. Consider the pros and cons of franchising
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An August survey of 500 small-business owners found they’re instead focusing on digital sales. October 8, 2020 2 min read Despite the challenges of the past seven months, stories of resilience abound as business owners adapt to changing customer demands. Though surveys at the beginning of the pandemic indicated small-business owners thought things might be
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Americans eat 20 billion hot dogs a year, or roughly 70 per person. That explains why hot dog franchises are popular. What does that mean when you’re thinking about buying a franchise? Let’s look at some stats about hot dogs. In other words, who’s eating the hot dogs, and where are they eating them? 45%
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Looking to join the ranks of names like Microsoft by getting listed as an industry leading private SMB? Maybe as a stepping stone to incorporating? Read on to find out how you can do both. CorpNet has been recognized on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America. It’s
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When it comes to buying a franchise, the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) is the number one thing to read. It helps you understand the legal and financial commitments you will be making when becoming a franchisee. The FDD is also where prospective franchisees will find the majority of information they need to know to make an informed
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