Franchisors offer incentives to help veterans start their own franchises.

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Don’t know anything about starting a business but are determined to take control of your employment destiny? If you’re a military veteran, the International Franchise Association (IFA) thinks you’re particularly well-equipped for a franchise. And they’ve got a program to help you take a leap into entrepreneurship and a career in which you can use the skills you’ve acquired in the military. VetFran was founded as a special program within the IFA in 1991 to help veterans returning from the first Gulf War as a way to thank veterans for their service, according to the IFA. Then in 2011, the IFA launched Operation Enduring Opportunity, a partnership with several organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to help the large influx of veterans…
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Is Fear Stopping You From Owning A Business?

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Successful entrepreneurs are really not so different from you and me. They demonstrate an indomitable work ethic, a belief in their own vision and a drive to do what is necessary to succeed. What separates the successful from the also-rans is a willingness to learn as much as possible before plunking down any of their hard-earned money. So how do you join their ranks? Choose good mentors, who can guide you over the bumps and avoid some of the pitfalls on the road to success. One way to connect with a mentor is to select a good franchise, whose system comes with long-term training and guidance from people who teach you how to run the business, stand by you all along the way and have your back for the long…
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Tired Of The Same Old Same Old? Try A Franchise!

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  Are you cruising along in a job that you can do with your eyes closed, maybe even with your hands tied behind your back? Everything is humming, and your industry seems solid. Then, bam! Something happens that shatters all your old assumptions and you start to wonder, what are my options? That’s what happened to Dennis Clouser, of Tampa, Fla., who, as a mechanical engineer, had spent 30 years in the electrical connector industry. His last job with the billion-dollar company ITT Corp. ended abruptly after his division’s largest customer, a military contractor, pulled its business once the federal government imposed massive across-the board cuts as part of “deficit reduction sequestration” in early 2013. At the age of 51, Clouser received a six-month severance package, and the company made…
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Achieve Work-Life Balance in the American Workforce — Start your Own Business

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If you thought tech companies were the new frontier for work-life balance, think again! With the recent news of the personnel horror stories from one of the tech behemoths of the Northwest, discussions on social media about how to achieve optimum work-life balance are off the charts. The sad fact is, when you throw your lot in with a big corporation, you give up control. Most American companies provide more lip service than actual quality-of-life perks. Many give far fewer vacation days than their European counterparts, and whether it’s corporate culture or peer pressure, American men and women take far shorter leaves after the birth of a new baby than in corporations in most parts of the globe. And most can forget about seeing their children’s afternoon soccer games or…
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Ready For A Career Switch? Consider A Franchise

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If you feel like you’ve spent too long in your job, are bored and losing hope of advancement, don’t despair. Take charge and consider starting a business of your own to fully realize your talents. A great way to minimize your risk is to consider a franchise — which offers hundreds of ways to start anew as a business owner. You get to be the boss while taking advantage of the experience of other franchisees and an operating system that has been tested over time to help maximize your chance for success. All you have to do is be willing to follow the franchisor’s system. If you are, you can reap the rewards for yourself. Not only do you get to take charge of your day-to-day life — no more…
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Want to Earn a Million Bucks? You Ought to Consider Owning Your Own Business

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  Remember those carefree college days when you declared your major and thought that what you really wanted was a job that would make you a good living and, if all went well, you would one day earn a million dollars? A million dollars doesn’t seem like so much money anymore with the number of billionaires proliferating about as fast as the middle class is shrinking. And you’ve realized that tying your future to someone else’s trajectory has its risks. The fact is you’re far more likely to become a millionaire by owning your own business than any other method. But, as we all learn sooner or later, it’s not really about the money. It’s about finding fulfillment in your work, feeling appreciated for what you do and controlling your…
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Starting a Business Doesn’t Have To Be as Risky as You Think

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Any challenging endeavor — like hiking the Pacific Coast Trail, rafting down the Colorado River or starting your own business — offers the thrill of success. And just like you wouldn’t start a 30-day hike without preparation, you shouldn’t start a business without first doing your research. All you have to do is read Bill Bryson’s “Walk in the Woods,” a laugh-out-loud telling of his adventures on the Appalachian Trail that result from a wretched lack of preparation, to know the importance of planning ahead. When it comes to your money and your livelihood, little failures along the way are not so funny. Good preparation can turn the odds in your favor. You should know as much as you can before laying any of your money on the line, and…
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Experts Are Essential!

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Ready to start your own business? Consult an Attorney and an Accountant By Dan Citrenbaum In an increasingly complex economy, you should take heart that no one knows it all. In fact, the trend is for people to specialize in ever more specific niches. But that’s no reason to shy away from starting your own business. There’s an expert for everything you need to know to succeed. You should consult them before you sign your name on any contracts. And yes, you will have to pony up for their fees, but count this as insurance against making rookie mistakes that can cost you a whole lot more down the line. The two people most important to saving you a world of regret later are your accountant and lawyer. But not…
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Want to Go Green? You Can Find a Franchise for That, too!

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Want to go Green? You can find a franchise for that, too! 10 Ways to Go Green with a Franchise By Dan Citrenbaum Recycle Reuse and Reduce. Since that iconic environmentalists’ maxim was coined decades ago, increasing numbers of people have developed an interest in going green and recycling has become big business — which is why so many franchises have popped up to capitalize on this trend. You can find everything from shops that help people insulate their homes to those that sell alternative energy systems. There are franchises that recycle and refurbish computer equipment as well as those that repair old furniture. So if you have always wanted to combine your interest in preservation and sustainability with making a good living, start researching green franchises today. Not only…
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Want to Start a Business? Don’t Worry About the Competition. Ask Yourself the Right Questions

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When it comes to choosing a business to buy, what matters most is not a competition-free market but rather a demonstrated record of success. Think about it. If there’s no competition, it may mean that demand for this type of service or product is insufficient. But if you see a slew of similar businesses thriving, you could conclude the market is strong for that service or product. This is why you tend to see a bunch of fast food restaurants all in a row. We can presume lots of hungry people pass by this location on a regular basis. What separates the wheat from the chaff will be the best operating system and business model. And the best way to get a good understanding of all of this right out…
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