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General advice relating to the acquisition and opration of franchises, primarily from a legal perspective.

Avoiding Bad Leases and Knowing What Makes Them Bad - For Franchisee Tenants

As we explain in our new book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals For Dummies, a bad lease agreement may hold you back from making a good profit or even result in the closure of your business.

Another Good Franchise Due Diligence Post in WSJ

Another very good article talking to required potential franchisee due diligece was published by the Wall Street Journal today.

What No One Ever Tells Franchisee Tenants about Leasing Commercial Space

As a franchisee and tenant, you may already have some preconceived notions about commercial leasing. Here are some things that no one (except The Lease Coach) tells a franchise tenant:

Small Business, Big Blunder: Building Product without Customer Feedback

Entrepreneur Syed Balkhi and his partner learned the hard way that the intelligent thing to do when building product is to get feedback from customers.

Email Marketing Should Be a Priority for Small Business Owners

Regular email can be a great way to keep in touch with customers who may otherwise forget about you or think of you much less often.

Franchisee Tenants … Beware of Landlords with 13-Inch Rulers!

Measure twice so you only pay once. That is to say, some landlords are over-charging franchisee tenants for more square footage than the tenant actually has. Are you paying too much?

How to Be a Successful Restaurateur

Paul Hibler, whose Pitfire Artisan Pizza small chain has garnered attention and awards, such as from the American Institute of Architects for the design of its Culver City store, gives advice on how to be a restaurateur.

Four Ways to Succeed in Today's Changing Restaurant Business

Steve DeSutter, CEO of FOCUS Brands, the parent company of Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Cinnabon, Carvel, McAlister's Deli, Moe's Southwest Grill and Schlotzsky's, drew on his many years in the foodservice industry to identify four trends for the benefit of his audience at last week's International Foodservice Manufacturers Association Presidents Conference in Phoenix.

What Franchise Tenants Need to Know About Evaluating Various Building Types

As we explain in our new book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals For Dummies, not all buildings or properties are created equally. The more you can think like your customer, the more likely you are to choose the right location for your business.

Top Restaurant Executives Hear Startling Words about Reaching Success

Larry Winget, a professional speaker and best-selling author, is looked upon by many people as a bracing change of pace when he tells them what he sees working in reaching success, although not everyone appreciates his unconventional approach.