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And Then That Happened

The world changes and we have a choice:

  • Fight hard to keep it the way it was.
  • Notice what happened and then decide to do something with that insight.

Thirty years ago, AOL was my company’s biggest client. They charged users $3 an hour to use their precursor to the internet, and paid content providers a royalty based on time spent on their ‘site.’

We invented a breakthrough game that was played in a chat room. Our testing showed….


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Anytime Fitness Australia Co-Founder Jacinta McDonell Joins Bump

Anytime Fitness co-founder and Fitness Industry Roll of Honour unductee Jacinta McDonell joins Bump Health and Fitness as an investor and advisory board member.

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28 Do’s and Don’ts To Build Credibility With Franchisees

Credibility is vital if you want franchisees to listen to what you have to say. These tips were developed by members of the UK Specsavers retail support team in an Advanced Field Manager Bootcamp, where they workshopped the question “What helps or hinders credibility when meeting people for the…

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Why Bowltiful Brought Its Lanzhou Roots To Australia

After moving to Melbourne from Lanzhou during his high school days, Charlie Zhang, the Founder of Bowltiful found it hard to find places to eat that cater to Chinese Muslims. It was even harder to find halal meals that taste like home.

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The Sneaky Electric Shock Behind Our Sky-high Living Costs

If the Reserve Bank of Australia had its time over again, it might have paid more attention to a sneaky decision that Scott Morrison’s government made last April to delay the release of a critical piece of information on electricity prices.

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Is The Timing Right to Invest In A Franchise In 2023?

The desire to ‘be your own boss’
Yes, I cringe a little at times when this cliche is peddled out by all and sundry involved in franchising, including me, even though I try to avoid using that saying!

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Why Studying Your Business’s History Can Help Launch It Into The Future

Most business leaders focus on the future much more than they do on the past. With industries and economies changing so rapidly…

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Owner of Betty's Burgers, Boost Juice Returns To Australian Hands at $350m valuation

The parent company of Boost Juice is set to return to Australian hands after more than a decade of majority ownership by US investors, with Bain Capital striking a deal to sell its estimated 70 per cent stake in Retail Zoo to Sydney-based Adamantem Capital.

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China's Economy Is Recovering — Is That A Good Thing For Australians Faced With Surging Prices?

China’s desperate attempts to continue suppressing COVID-19 long after the rest of the world had opted to live with the virus also smothered the country’s economy.

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The Big Issues Most Affecting Small Business in 2023

As a small business owner, the idea that nobody was giving a true voice to the stresses and issues facing the nation’s industrious, innovative small biz owners bothered me enough that in late 2022, I collaborated with four other Australian business experts to author the first annual Big Small Business Survey.


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Humor At Work | Andrew Tarvin | TEDxOhioStateUniversity

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this talk Andrew Tarvin talks about how he brought humor to the workplace while he worked at Procter & Gamble.


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3-2-1: Craving The Result Versus The Process, Seeing Clearly, And Thinking For Yourself

“It doesn’t make sense to continue wanting something if you’re not willing to do what it takes to get it.

If you don’t want to live the lifestyle, then release yourself from the desire. To crave the result but not the process, is to guarantee disappointment.”


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Our vision is
only actionable
if we share it.
Without sharing,
it’s just
a figment of
our imagination.


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No Laughing Matter

If you are a Boomer or Gen Xer you probably remember the movie, Patch Adams. It’s the inspirational true story of physician, Hunter Adams, (played by Robin Williams) who sets out on a journey to introduce greater empathy into the practice of medicine by using humour. Adams is widely acknowledged as the first Clown Doctor.


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FCA Member Update: News & Resources

The FCA starts the year with an optimistic view on the outlook for franchising and small business in Australia, despite the continuing challenges of inflation, rising interest rates and workforce shortages.


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Secret to Success

In this episode, Angela Cote and Robert Bruski discuss the key takeaways from the AC Retreat 2023. Most specifically they discuss the magic that happened at the retreat which enabled attendees to make critical business decisions and changes to ensure success in their business, and what was the catalyst to creating this secret to success.

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How Small Decisions Have A Huge Impact - John Pearce - Oltco

It wasn’t for Johnny one of the Co-Directors of Oltco, the UK and Channel Islands’ leading sustainable resin bound specialists. In fact, it was the culmination of multiple small decisions and believing whole-heartedly in why you’re doing what you do.

In this episode we learn Johnny’s story from selling alcopops to building one of the fastest growing construction franchises, reaching over 50 franchised locations in less than 4 years.

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Why All Business Owners Need To Partner, Contract, Or Hire Their Weaknesses w/ Roland Frasier

In this episode, Erik is joined by friend and mentor, Roland Frasier.
Roland is a genius…for real.

He is a serial entrepreneur who has founded, scaled, or sold over two dozen different businesses ranging from consumer products to live events to manufacturing companies with sales ranging from $3 million to just under $4 billion.

Franchise Simply Podcast by Brian Keen, featuring the franchise name and branding.

Instant Franchise Radio Show now available!

Our famous Franchise Radio Show, #2 on Top 25 Franchise Podcasts is now available on Spotify* – simply Bookmark it for instant access – how easy is that?


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Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo 2023 & 2024

Dates have been announced for the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expos 2023 & 2024

Grab your free tickets to all expos online here and use the promotion code TXF.

6th-7th May 2023 at Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf

11th-12th August 2023 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour

5th May 2024 at Crown Perth, Burswood

1st-2nd June 2024 at Brisbane Convention Centre, South Bank

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Strong enquiries are being seen by the switched-on groups according to the franchise community that I hear from.

Whether this is simply due to COVID or wider market realisations and acceptance that franchising is the answer to people wanting to step out and own their own business I don’t know – it doesn’t matter.
What does matter, however, is that the whole business scene has altered immensely in recent months.

The fact is.

Businesses who invest in franchising as a road to their own growth, and do it properly, embracing the new technologies, are going to leave their competitors for the dead.

Give me a call on 0417 211 366 and we can have a confidential chat – you may be surprised how simple and effective franchising your business can be…

I hope you enjoyed this.

To your success,

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