Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett is a freelance writer.

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How to Read a Franchise Disclosure Document

Let's face it: A Franchise Disclosure Document, with its piles of legalese, can be daunting. We help you read between the lines.

How to Get the Most Out of a Franchise 'Discovery Day'

Prospective franchisees often begin their journey at Discovery Day events -- but not everyone makes the cut.

The Outlook for Franchising in 2011

Consumer spending and hiring aren't expected to increase much in 2011. But for some franchises, it will be a different story.

Will I Make Money As a Franchisee?

You can't always bet on a franchise success, but you can put the odds in your favor.

How I Did It: Three Franchisee Success Stories

These franchise owners share something in common: An indomitable spirit, which makes their personal stories so enlightening.

By the Numbers: The Census Report on Franchises

A first-time review by the U.S. Census Bureau dissects franchising, one stat at a time.

Three Tips for Financing Your Franchise Purchase

If you're headed to the bank for a loan, this advice may help speed along your application.

Franchise Pros and Cons: Efficiencies and Support

The second part of a two-part series on the pros and cons of franchising vs. operating an independent business

What It Takes to Be a Successful Franchisee

The right stuff: For companies sniffing out potential franchisees, a clean financial history isn't enough anymore.

Pitfalls People May Face When Buying a Franchise

Many buyers' problems stem from errors they made before signing on the dotted line.

Benefits of a Franchise Versus a Solo Operation

Would-be franchisees should ask these questions about a system's advantages and drawbacks. Plus, discuss franchising's pros and cons.

Franchising Insight

Is an Existing Franchise a Safer Investment?

Franchising Insight

Is Your Personality Suited to Franchising?

Franchising Trends

Franchisers Recruit Military Veterans

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Caring for Seniors Is a Lucrative Franchise

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