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.
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.
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.
A start-up has ambitions of becoming the Bunnings of hire-car services, writes Kate Lahey.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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''.
Larissa Ham Franchisees reminded they are personally liable even if advice comes from head office.