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Having a business team helps to get through a crisis

Having a business team helps to get through a crisis

Okay, we’re not talking nationwide or world crisis here. We can still make chocolate chip cookies.  As a franchise business consultant, I am fortunate to be able to run my business off my laptop. I’m also a little paranoid about losing data. That propelled me to have...

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One foot in front of the other…

One foot in front of the other…

You’ve probably all heard a version of this, “just put one foot in front of the other, and you’ll get there.” What does that really mean when it comes to life choices? If you are like most people, you want to know where we are going, and why. Some of us even want to...

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Book Titles for Today’s New Work World

Book Titles for Today’s New Work World

During times of great change, some people turn to fiction for escape, while others may prefer how-to or self-help books for direction. The Economist recently ran a story entitled, “Beach reads for business folk.” For a little fun, let’s take some well-known titles and...

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Thinking of Starting a Business?

Thinking of Starting a Business?

Starting a business is frequently compared to riding a roller coaster. That would be an emotional roller coaster and sometimes a financial one. Hard work can mean some exciting climbs to the top, but they often come with the scary but exhilarating drops as it plunges....

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It’s about the heart and mind

It’s about the heart and mind

One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most iconic and difficult races is the Dipsea. The race’s finish line is in Stinson Beach, but the rugged trail winds through terrain that takes you up and down steep inclines on a crowed trail for race day. The person who won this...

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Are you taking the leap?

Are you taking the leap?

Many of us are doing some soul-searching. That’s the result of going through the stark uncertainty, upheaval and tragedy of more than two and a half years of this pandemic. These days, with a significant number of people quitting their jobs and starting over, you...

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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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