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Where Do Jobs Come From?

It must be more than a coincidence that there are almost enough jobs for everyone–a billion more jobs on Earth than there were a generation ago.


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Why Does Private Equity Love Franchising?

Private equity firms have taken note of the opportunities in franchising and for several years have been aggressively buying in. Private equity (PE) firms typically pump in capital to expedite growth and then sell their…

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McDonald’s Buys Out Storied Franchisee Caspers Company

McDonald’s is buying out Caspers Company, one of its oldest franchisees and the largest in Florida. Blake Casper and his family are planning to retire as a third-generation McDonald’s owners on…

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Melbourne Chain Burger Road Upsizing With Plans To Take A Bite Of Interstate Markets

The market for home-grown Australian burger chains is sizzling right now with Melbourne-based Burger Road putting interstate expansion up on the chalkboard, within days of Victorian…

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Focus Brands Appoints Mike Woodward SVP of Franchise Sales

As SVP of Franchise Sales, Mike will oversee the franchise sales team, which is primarily focused on promoting brand recognition and strategic geographic growth across all seven brands in the Focus Brands portfolio.

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Hannah's Bretzel Proves Sustainability and Profit Can Go Hand in Hand

To make sure his customers don’t have a similar experience like when he first arrived in the U.S., staff at Hannah’s are trained to ask guests upfront whether…

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How Shuckin’ Shack Franchise Owners Bring Sustainability to Their Communities

Concern over climate change and damaged ecosystems have led many restaurants to rethink how they serve and buy food. Restaurant take-out is a top contributor to single-use plastic pollution, according to…

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Rising Sales are Hiding Retailers’ Anguish, Says ARA Chief

Releasing the latest monthly Mastercard SpendingPulse data this morning, that covers June, Zahra says consumer spending continued its strong trajectory, rising 11.1 per cent year on year.

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Hero Your Best Customers! Three Tips To Amplify Your Strongest Customer Stories

The busyness of life means we don’t often take the time to look back and reflect on a job well done. But taking a moment to think about how you served a customer and then asking them about their…

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ANZ’s Takeover of Suncorp Will Reduce Bank Competition – But Will That Be Enough To Block It?

Australia has one of the world’s most concentrated banking sectors, with its four biggest banks – Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank, Westpac and ANZ – holding more than about three-quarters of the market.

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10 Years After Shark Tank, Cousins Maine Lobster Stays the Course

Once a person is in the fishery, they start with 300 traps and can add 100 each year until the 800 maximum. In terms of actual lobster, the industry is intently focused on maintaining the next generation. For instance, fishermen return egg-bearing females to…

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Recession or Inflation: What’s Worse, According to Australian SMEs

A new survey has revealed that over 30 per cent of Australian SME owners believe they might have to close shop in the first six months of economic downturn.

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Why Personal Care Franchising is a Red Hot Opportunity

The world of personal care franchising is as deep as it is complex. Most simply: they exist in the business-to-consumer (B2C) category and include any business models in which the franchisee provides goods and services in…

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Netflix Adaptation of Trent Dalton's Boy Swallows Universe to be Shot in Brisbane

The Netflix adaption of Trent Dalton’s international best-selling novel Boy Swallows Universe is set to begin filming in Brisbane next month.

The eight-part series – which will be produced by Sydney-based Brouhaha Entertainment – has been…

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Creativity Means Productivity. Here Are 3 Practices That Boost Both.

By providing your team with increased responsibility and autonomy to carry out projects, odds are that more ideas will be generated, and the ownership will instill a stronger sense of…


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Of Course You Can Buy Happiness


Researchers have discovered you can actually buy happiness.
The circumstances are ridiculously simple.
You’ll experience happiness when you buy someone – something they want.
Not hard to understand.
Most people would buy their Mum a house,
their Dad a new car and their best mate a helicopter fishing trip
When you do for another what they can’t do for themselves…


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WIt’s better to go slow in the right direction than to go speeding off in the wrong direction.


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Honouring an Educator, Innovator and Likeable Rogue

I met Maurie toward the end of my psychology training at Monash University while preparing for my Masters Research Project. Most Masters and PhD students do their thesis on a topic related to their academic supervisor’s area of expertise. Usually, the research topic is very…


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FCA Member Update: News & Resources

At its meeting yesterday, the Reserve Bank of Australia Board decided to increase the cash rate target by 50 basis points to 85 basis points. It also increased the interest rate on Exchange Settlement balances by 50 basis points to 75 basis points. It summarised its decision based on…


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How Competition Can Drive Franchising Success, with Chris and Jenny McCuiston of Goldfish Swim School

While many franchise brands are built around making as much money as possible for all involved, some concepts strive to put more back into the world than just financial gains. One such example is Goldfish Swim School, which co-founders Chris and Jenny McCuiston created in order to make children as safe as possible around water.

This commitment to compassion has…

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We Talk Economy, Entrepreneurship, and Investing

Erik Van Horn is a franchising specialist, and expert in multi-unit, semi-absentee franchise business ownership. From entrepreneur to regional developer, and investor to consultant, Erik has worn many hats over the last two decades, which has provided him unique insight into complex aspects of the industry. If you’re…

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?

If you’re new to our Franchise Radio Shows, we’ve over 100 to choose from. 40 minutes long they feature a huge number of international experts across business and franchising including Michael E Gerber, “The E-Myth Revisited’ called “the World’s #1 Small Business Guru,” he’s the author of the NY Times two-decades mega-bestseller. Simon Reynolds, winner of many international creative and marketing awards, he’s a very rare person in the world of executive and entrepreneur coaching being a teacher and highly successful business person himself and a panel member on Shark Tank.


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Franchising & Business Opportunities Expos 2022

Dates have been announced for the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expos 2022

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

14th-15th October 2022 at Brisbane Convention Centre, Southbank

27-28 May 2022 at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour

13th November 2022 at Crown Perth

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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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