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

Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes when Picking Your Small Business Location

“Location, location, location” must be kept foremost in mind when deciding on the site for your bricks-and-mortar small business operation.

Why Apple Maps Is a Leap Forward for Small Businesses

Apple announced at its developers conference on Monday that it would add public transit information to its Maps application. So? you may think. Didn't Google Maps have that years ago?

Does The Franchise Industry Need Reform?

No business model is perfect, and franchising is no exception. There is always risk in a business venture, franchised or non-franchised.

Australia’s Poolwerx Targets Arizona Franchisees First

The Poolwerx franchise in Australia has suffered greatly at the hands of disgruntled and vocal franchisees over many years to where franchisor John O’Brien commented recently - "

Protect Your Business from These Tax Scams

Scammers are getting better and better, learning from years of experience. Even their written English is improving.

Cut Food Waste, Boost Profits

Is your restaurant wasting more food than it should? What is that doing to your bottom line? John Krebs offers some practical suggestions.

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.