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Chief Cook and Bottle Washer?

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer?

If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, what came to mind first? ⭐Being your own boss ⭐The ability to set your own course ⭐Work as much or as little as you want While that might sound great, other things come into clearer focus as...

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Two Brothers, Different Lives

Two Brothers, Different Lives

We’ve all heard family stories about one sibling doing well, while another faces struggle after struggle. One story I heard was about two brothers who grew up in a motherless home with a reclusive, harsh, restrictive father. One brother grew up to become much like his...

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Blue Jeans and the Perfect Fit

Blue Jeans and the Perfect Fit

A colleague, Beth Smith, of A-list Interviews, sent me an email recently. It began with a description of the wonderful variety we have to choose from when it comes to blue jeans. “Straight leg, vintage style, loose fit, skinny jeans, mom jeans, ultra- high rise, high...

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Fear of Failure or Success?

Fear of Failure or Success?

If someone asked you, “Are you afraid of success?” you might take offense. Of course not, you’d say. But if that is true, why do so many of us find ourselves afraid of trying something new? What holds us back? The flip side of fear of success may be the fear of...

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The Big Shift

The Big Shift

Did you catch the recent employment article in the New York Times? The link is in the first comment below. It’s telling. . And it starts with the headline, “How Do They Say Economic Recovery? ‘I Quit.’” Many people think things will return to normal once the virus is...

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Franchise Advice Corner

Embrace the Unexpected

Embrace the Unexpected

“Embrace the Unexpected,” is the title of the speech Terri Kallsen gave as she accepted the Financial Woman of the Year award from Financial Women of San Francisco. What does Terri know about that subject? Plenty! She recounted that day, last July, when the unexpected...

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Graduation Reflections and Memories

Graduation Reflections and Memories

Watching graduation videos from my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, brought back memories. The more recent experience was three years ago, when I felt honored to be a keynote speaker at a special dinner recognizing the James H. Albertson award...

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Franchising Does the “Pandemic Pivot”​

Franchising Does the “Pandemic Pivot”​

Pivot: an action that occurs when a company makes a fundamental change to its operations and/or direction. That’s exactly what we in the franchise industry are seeing in the business current economic environment. It’s even being called the “Pandemic Pivot!” There...

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Crazy With A Dose Of Sage Advice

Crazy With A Dose Of Sage Advice

Crazy. It’s a crazy world we’re living in right now. I had my newsletter set to go out earlier this month but was dragging my feet because of the coronavirus and the impact on us all, including businesses. I wanted it to be relevant and timely and also wanted it to be...

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My Two Loves

My Two Loves

Could you fall in love with a business and a mate at the same time? These three people did! Here are their stories. “It’s not unusual for an entrepreneur to have a partner when starting a new business,” said Diane Pleuss, franchise consultant with FranChoice. “After...

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Two Words: Thank you

Two Words: Thank you

It’s the season of gratitude. A time to reflect and say, thank you. While I still have a few thank-you’s to write, I want to acknowledge how a simple thank-you note can change your attitude, open doors and leave a lasting impact. At FranChoice, whenever we help place...

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“​Witch-ful”​ Thinking

“​Witch-ful”​ Thinking

It’s almost Halloween, that time of year when little ghosts and goblins roam the neighborhood seeking sweet treats. When a child in a light-up sparkle witch costume or a Buzz Lightyear suit knocks at our door, we’re probably not going to be too scared. However, when...

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What’s so Special About Franchising?

What’s so Special About Franchising?

Hello Readers! I know this sounds a bit repetitive, but every time I attend a FranChoice event I come back so energized by what I learn and the state of the franchise industry that I simply have to share the excitement. FranChoice brings truly special opportunities to...

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The False Assumption of the Life-long Career

The False Assumption of the Life-long Career

Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal ran a story about General Electric’s plans to auction off its once highly-touted software unit: GE Digital. You may recall GE laid off 12,000 from its power business in December. Between December 2016 and March 2018, GE’s...

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