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By: Erin Eagan
Published: January 25, 2016, 4:30 pm
Five Star Bath Solutions understands that bathrooms deserve to be customized to customers and their lifestyles. The Five Star Bath Solutions franchise is focused on being the premier bathroom remodeling company in the home remodeling industry. We recently spoke with Chad Jones, founder and managing partner of Five Star Bath Solutions, to find out what makes this concept a good fit for potential franchisees, how their most successful franchisees grown their franchises and, lastly, what’s next for the franchise, both in the near future and long-term. Give us an overview of your franchise. We install unique bathroom remodeling products (Read more...)

By: Erin Eagan
Published: January 22, 2016, 5:23 pm
The In Home Pet Services franchise fills the need for professional dog walkers or pet sitters. They dedicate their lives to take care of their clients’ beloved pets whey they are away or at work. We recently spoke with Diana Hurtado, an In Home Pet Services franchise owner in Forest Hills, NY, to find out about some of the challenges she faced when starting her franchise, her secret to success and, lastly, what advice she has for others looking to open a franchise.How long have you owned an In Home Pet Services (IHPS) franchise?I have owned IHPS of (Read more...)

By: Travis Crabtree
Published: January 22, 2016, 12:35 am
Your website looks good, is functional and provides a great user experience. But, can a disabled person use it? Can a visually-impaired person understand what your photos and other non-text aspects of your website are and do? If not, you may need to make some changes or you may receive a letter from lawyers threatening Americans with Disability Act, or ADA, claims. When most people think of the ADA, they think of wheelchair ramps and braille on signs to enhance access by impaired individuals. The law may also apply to your website. And, even if it does not apply under (Read more...)

By: Erin Eagan
Published: January 21, 2016, 6:13 pm
JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is a national company whose sole mission is to sell franchises exclusively to military veterans and their family members — people who understand the notion of service to our country, hard work, and dedication. JDog is committed to offering its proven operating model to veterans and military family members, enabling them to realize the American dream of business ownership.We recently interviewed Jerry Flanagan, President and CEO of JDog Junk Removal, to find out what differentiates this franchise among others in its niche, what makes this concept a good fit for potential franchisees and, lastly, what’s (Read more...)

By: Erin Eagan
Published: January 21, 2016, 3:40 pm
Whether you have construction experience or sales and marketing experience, National Property Inspections (NPI) offers the opportunity for a bright future. NPI’s turn-key franchise system gives franchisees the tools, training  and support to succeed in the property inspection industry. We recently interviewed Roland Bates, President of National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections (Canada), and asked him what differentiates the franchise among others in its niche, what makes this concept a good fit for potential franchisees and, lastly, what’s next for the franchise, both in the near future and long term.What’s your background? I was a general contractor (Read more...)

By: Erin Eagan
Published: January 19, 2016, 7:02 pm
In 2012, Ava Skipworth left a 20-year career to create a company that could stand out, do things differently and enrich her community. From this vision and a lot of hard work emerged Monster Yogurt, and the rest is history.We recently spoke with Skipworth to find out what she looks for in potential franchisees, where she sees the franchise in five years and, lastly, what advice she has for aspiring entrepreneurs.What’s special about the Monster Yogurt franchise? We offer over 80 premium, self-serve frozen yogurt, Original Tart, European Tart, Gelato and sorbet flavors and a bounty of 75-plus (Read more...)

By: Erin Eagan
Published: January 19, 2016, 4:54 pm
Before starting Sidestep Coaching, Liam Brown had built 3 successful companies and spent 6 years as a professional speaker. Because of requests from attendees at his sales seminars, he started coaching entrepreneurs and contacts in service-based sectors. Seeing a gap in the marketplace, he applied his unique business ideas to these challenges and started Sidestep Coaching.Brown, President and Founder of Sidestep Coaching, recently sat down with us to discuss what differentiates his franchise among others in its niche, makes this concept a good fit for potential franchisees and, lastly, what they tell potential franchisees about the profit potential of opening up (Read more...)

By: Travis Crabtree
Published: January 18, 2016, 9:58 pm
Guest Post: Gray Reed intellectual property attorney David Lisch provides this two part series on Basics of Intellectual Property Law for Start-Ups. Part one focused on trademarks and entity formation. This part focuses on patent law. Patent Protection A patent protects “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof” 35 U.S.C. § 101. Unlike trademarks, which protect a brand name and recognition, a patent protects an invention, including functionality or design thereof. A patent gives the owner the exclusive right to manufacture products or employ processes covered by (Read more...)

By: Dane Carlson
Published: January 18, 2016, 7:50 pm
People like the idea of making money online, but many have been burned in the past and worry that there is no such thing as a legitimate online business. While there are certainly still a number of scams out there to be aware of, you will also find a wealth of actual business opportunities that you can consider that will make money. Let’s look at four of the best online businesses you can start.Sell Your Products OnlineIf you make a product, the web is the perfect place to sell it. As long as it is legal, you should not (Read more...)

By: Travis Crabtree
Published: January 15, 2016, 10:34 pm
Guest Post: Gray Reed intellectual property attorney David Lisch provides this two part series on Basics of Intellectual Property Law for Start-Ups. Part one focuses on trademarks and entity formation Trademarks At one point or another, all companies will be faced with the decision if, and how much, to invest in intellectual property protection. Let’s start with trademarks. A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A “service” mark distinguishes the source of a service, rather than a good, but the two (Read more...)

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