Entrepreneurs: Avoid These 5 Common Business Plan Mistakes

All entrepreneurs and business owners plan to grow their companies. However, in order to make that growth happen, you’ll need to create an actual business plan.

There are numerous benefits to creating a business plan; perhaps the most important reason is the fact that no lender will take you seriously if you don’t have one. In addition to helping you acquire funding, a great business plan can serve as a best practices guide for you and your staff while helping you identify milestones and stay on track. It can also be a resource for planning and managing cash flow.

Procrastination is the number one business plan mistake.We’ve already covered what you need to do in order to create a good business plan. But, just as important, you need to know what not to do as well. Here are five common business plan mistakes to avoid: Continue reading “Entrepreneurs: Avoid These 5 Common Business Plan Mistakes”

Entrepreneur’s Guide To Franchising Costs — Initial And Recurring

You can make a lot of money by becoming a franchise operator. However, like the old saying goes, it takes money to make money, and franchising is no exception. A franchise is an investment, and your goal as a franchisee is to maximize your return.

But what, exactly, does that investment entail? In terms of amount, the costs associated with starting a franchise can vary greatly depending upon the franchise system, location, exclusivity options and a host of other factors. However, the types of expenses are more clear cut, and generally fall into one of two categories — initial costs and recurring costs. Continue reading “Entrepreneur’s Guide To Franchising Costs — Initial And Recurring”

Franchise Glossary — 25 Franchising Terms Entrepreneurs Must Know

Starting a franchise business can be an incredibly exciting endeavor. However, if you are not familiar with some common franchising terms, it can also be quite confusing. That’s because the franchise industry has its own jargon and phrases, and it can seem like a foreign language to those who are new to the industry.

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