Miriam Steffens Be your own boss, run your own show - for many people a dream that seems too daunting to achieve on their own in the jittery economic climate.
Marcella Bidinost Shortly after iconic ice drink makers Slush Puppie announced plans to sell 90 franchises across Australia, a prompt reality check swayed management to put its grand plans for fast expansion on ice.
Chalpat Sonti Mixed views on changes to troubled industry.
Chalpat Sonti The federal government has finally acted on changes to the franchising industry, today announcing what it calls "the most sweeping reform" of the industry's code of conduct.
Chalpat Sonti When Issam and Enza Soubjaki visited a gourmet burger store, they liked it so much they bought a franchise - then turned around the entire company.
Larissa Ham The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a new program aimed at bringing some of Australia's largest franchisors up to speed on workplace laws.
Lucy Battersby Mobile phone franchise Allphones has been hit with a $45,000 fine for contempt of court.
Eli Greenblat The administrators to the collapsed REDgroup Retail have initiated court proceedings against the breakaway Angus & Robertson franchisee group.
Colin Kruger THE administrators of Allied Brands, the failed Baskin Robbins franchisor, have blamed its expansive growth plans and an uncertain economic environment for the company's collapse last week.
Stuart Washington A second state parliament is to consider laws to improve the lot of franchisees.
Vince Chadwick Australia's largest coffee chain aims to open a new store every fortnight for the next five years.
Food franchisor Retail Food Group has posted a 10.6 per cent rise in annual net profit, and says its cash flow in the current year will be strong.
Stuart Washington WHEN Therese Evans spoke to BusinessDay last Thursday she sounded upbeat and determined to continue her fight against Wendy's, which had locked her out of her shop for a debt she put at $7000.
Wendy's franchisees are asking whether the ice-cream chain's business model is built to fail, writes Stuart Washington.
Gayle Bryant An ever-increasing demand for home-based care was the catalyst for one entrepreneur to introduce the US franchise model, Senior Helpers, to Australia.
David Wilson Thinking of buying a franchise? The good news is that franchises usually work, says three-time franchise owner Jane Lombard, now a franchise consultant.
Marcella Bidinost Australia's bridal industry is largely focused on just that: the bride. But what about the women behind 'the woman'? Enter this mother and daughter team.
A Darwin travel agent suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from customers has been reported to police and cut loose from parent company Travelscene American Express.
Tony Kaye It’s tough times for many in the general economy, but more and more Australians are leaving their jobs and buying into franchises that give them the chance to be their own boss.
Both options have their attractions. It all depends on your appetite for risk and hunger for reward.