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Could you cut it as a franchise owner? The top 10 traits a franchisee needs

David Wilson Franchising is a $128-billion-a-year business in Australia. Over a thousand franchise brands run across the country, covering every angle from coffee vending to in-home behavioural dog training.

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Franchise whiz hit by arsonists for second time

Nick Wright

Julie Power For the second time, one of Domino's most successful young franchisees has been attacked by arsonists.

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Lending a helping hand turns into a viable franchise

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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.

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Ten franchise traps to avoid at all costs

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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.

Homework key for franchise buyers

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David Wilson Consumer watchdog urges would-be franchise buyers to watch out for inflated franchise-income claims.

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Size up a franchise in seven easy steps

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David Wilson Here's some expert intel on how to spot a legitimate franchise opportunity.

Red Rooster joins franchise pay scheme

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Fast food chain Red Rooster has signed up to a national audit to ensure its franchise store workers are not being underpaid.

Do your homework before buying a franchise

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Steve Wright What to consider before parting with your hard-earned.

New or existing franchise? That's the question

David Mensch

Both options have their attractions. It all depends on your appetite for risk and hunger for reward.

Greenwash won't work in this franchise

Jim Cornish

David Wilson During the global financial crisis while other businesses cut back, the car-wash franchise Ecowash Mobile splashed out.

Franchise with drive to succeed

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A start-up has ambitions of becoming the Bunnings of hire-car services, writes Kate Lahey.

Sparks fly in franchise debate

Chalpat Sonti As recommendations to reform one of Australia's largest, and most troubled, industries move at slower than snail's pace, MPs from both sides of the political divide have re-ignited deep wounds.

Cleaning up through finding a better way

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Miriam Steffens When Julie Finch-Scally walked out of her job in a bank after a clash with management, she was well into her 50s and struggled to find another job.

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Franchises one way to weather the retail storm

Franchises do well in an economic downturn.

Gavin Culmsee THE latest Westpac Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment showed a drop in confidence from the previous period and found Australians are less optimistic about their financial position over...

You do what?! Australia's quirkiest franchises

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Ever considered going into the lice business – becoming a professional nitpicker? What about chick-hatching for schools? By name or by trade, Marcella Bidinost highlights some of the more innovative...

Franchising a sweet addition to slushie mix

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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.

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From $100 in his pocket to a sprawling bun empire

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Peter Cai When Simon Ip arrived in Australia 20 years ago as a pastry chef, he had just $100 and a French certificate in patisserie. Last year he and his brother sold $50 million worth of buns.

Brumby's carbon tax claims under microscope

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Judith Ireland The consumer watchdog is questioning a major bakery franchise, following an internal newsletter that advised bakeries to put up prices and ''let the carbon tax take the blame''.

Brumby's carbon tax misfire a legal warning for franchisees

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Larissa Ham Franchisees reminded they are personally liable even if advice comes from head office.

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Coffee Club on the boil with fresh grounds

Paying for your coffee just got easier.

Jonathan Swan Less than a year after selling a licence to an Egyptian franchisee, The Coffee Club opened its first cafe on Egypt's north coast.