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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
David Wilson Consumer watchdog urges would-be franchise buyers to watch out for inflated franchise-income claims.
David Wilson THE consumer regulator is urging would-be franchise buyers to watch for inflated franchise income claims.
Larissa Ham Bakery franchise Brumby's has escaped a hefty ACCC fine over its carbon tax misfire.
David Wilson Here's some expert intel on how to spot a legitimate franchise opportunity.
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 Commonwealth Ombudsman has been asked to review an investigation into one of Australia's, and the world's, largest bakery companies after former franchisees claimed flaws.
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.
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.
Wendy's franchisees are asking whether the ice-cream chain's business model is built to fail, writes Stuart Washington.
A start-up has ambitions of becoming the Bunnings of hire-car services, writes Kate Lahey.
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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.