Both options have their attractions. It all depends on your appetite for risk and hunger for reward.
David Wilson During the global financial crisis while other businesses cut back, the car-wash franchise Ecowash Mobile splashed out.
Fast food chain Red Rooster has signed up to a national audit to ensure its franchise store workers are not being underpaid.
Steve Wright What to consider before parting with your hard-earned.
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.
Julie Power For the second time, one of Domino's most successful young franchisees has been attacked by arsonists.
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.
David Wilson Consumer watchdog urges would-be franchise buyers to watch out for inflated franchise-income claims.
David Wilson Here's some expert intel on how to spot a legitimate franchise opportunity.
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.
A start-up has ambitions of becoming the Bunnings of hire-car services, writes Kate Lahey.
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.
Chalpat Sonti The battle to pass two contentious pieces of legislation affecting one of Australia's largest industries has gone online, as supporters race to beat upcoming deadlines.
Making customers feel at home is a potent ingredient for an award-winning franchise.
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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.
The NSW government has called for expressions of interest to run a franchised Sydney Ferries, with plans to contract out the operation of the iconic services by the end of next year.
Lucy Battersby Mobile phone franchise Allphones has been hit with a $45,000 fine for contempt of court.
Retail Food Group, the company behind brands such as Brumby's Bakeries, Donut King, and Michel's, is to add the Pizza Capers chain to its stable.