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On our Business Franchise Blog, we share a wealth of content from knowledgeable writers around the world. Here you'll find both news and advice covering everything in franchising and business. Whether you're just getting started, expanding your business, or just want to stay up to date, the Business Franchise Blog has got you covered. Find more specific content by also visiting our Expert Advice and Latest News pages.

Turning a dream into an investment

October 18, 2016
Tony Schafer, from Bedshed Aspley, vowed he would own a business before he turned forty. He bought a Bedshed franchise two weeks before his fortieth birthday, and hasn’t looked back. While the first few years were not easy, Tony’s story demonstrates how dedication and commitment can really pay off. Tony worked long and hard to get the business in the position it’s in now. Fast forward ten years...

The Answer to the Big Question for New Franchisees – How do you choose the best franchise for you?

October 18, 2016
A revolutionary new educational offering from Griffith University’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence has been launched to address the most important of decisions facing those embarking on a journey to become a new franchisee. There are consumer signposts everywhere today for people looking to make purchases of all shapes and sizes. Consumers have a myriad of ratings, comparison...

Managing interns to increase retention

October 4, 2016
Businesses that effectively manage interns can help develop them into well-rounded workers that stay with the business long-term, reducing the organisation’s overall recruitment costs. Leslie Tarnacki, VP and GM of Human Resources, WFS: A WorkForce Software Company (WFS Australia), said, “Interns see their time at a company as an opportunity to learn. By scheduling them to work alongside...

How Australia’s Most Successful Franchise Groups Get Ahead With their Insurance

September 23, 2016
Franchising in Australia is in a strong position; higher disposable incomes, parents returning to the workforce and an ageing population are touted to be the driving factors in the industry’s strength – with major growth felt in the food retail, personal services and home maintenance sectors*. Over the last five years, the Australian Franchising sector has recorded average annual growth of 2.7...

Five warning signs of employee fatigue

September 14, 2016
Fatigued employees are a risk in the workplace. They can be underproductive and even dangerous in critical situations. Reduced alertness due to fatigue results in nearly 10,000 serious workplace injuries in Australia each year. (1) Businesses must be able to recognise the signs of fatigued employees and how to correct their workload to provide them with greater balance. Leslie Tarnacki, vice...

How slacking off can contribute to workplace productivity

September 14, 2016
Slacking off at work is traditionally seen as something to be hidden from managers. However, including slacking off in a workplace culture can be a way to promote productivity, according to REFFIND. Rob van Es, acting CEO, REFFIND, said, “Productivity should not be measured by the hours an employee spends at work. Research has found that the more time an employee spends at work over a week, the...

Australian business celebrates female franchise owners this Business Women’s Day

September 13, 2016
Home Instead Senior Care is celebrating its successful female franchise owners this month, with Business Women’s Day approaching on the 22nd of September. Home Instead Senior Care is a global network of locally owned and independently operated franchises and there are currently over 1,000 offices in 16 countries around the globe. In Australia alone, there are 24 franchises and this number is...

Vehicle traffic data – is this important to your site decisions?

September 13, 2016
Making major business decisions on where to locate your new stores? As QSR’s or many other franchise businesses, the vehicle traffic data past your proposed site should be one of the major Drivers of your business, and how can you measure this? Whether you are a petrol station, drive in liquor store, convenience store, fast food (with drive thru) or many others, one of the first major Drivers...

Best practices for handling duty of care for travelling employees

September 1, 2016
Business travel, while often essential, comes with increased risk for travelling employees and heightens the corporate liability of employers in providing duty of care to staff. As employees become more autonomous and book less of their travel through a corporate travel agency, organisations have less visibility into the whereabouts of travelling employees. This can negatively affect employers...

Australian retailers must offer better delivery and returns services or risk alienating customers

August 24, 2016
Australian online retailers are failing their customers by offering inadequate delivery services, and they must improve delivery options or risk alienating customers, according to last-mile delivery solutions provider, Blackbay. Blackbay partnered with MeeMeep.com to complete the recent Blackbay and MeeMeep Consumer Delivery Preferences Report which consisted of 1212 respondents. MeeMeep is an...

Snap-on – A Career That You Own

August 18, 2016
In the modern world, working harder and longer is becoming the norm. Well at least it is for nearly 5 million of Australia’s 7.7 million full-time employees, working more than 40 hours a week. If you are working for ‘the man’, extra hours often won’t increase your pay, they take away time from you and your family and may leave you imagining a career where you can be in charge of your own...

Coffee Guru uses their unique structure to expand

August 16, 2016
Coffee Guru, a leading coffee franchise brand that began in 2002, is set to expand further with the help of Franchise Sales Manager Chiree Henderson. With more than 11 years’ experience in franchising industries ranging from beauty to hospitality, Chiree Henderson said by promoting its unique assets, Coffee Guru is well placed to take over the Queensland and Western Australia market as well as...

Five ways marketing resource management (MRM) can boost your productivity

July 14, 2016
Marketers spend too much time on administrative tasks, taking time away from strategic and creative efforts that contribute to business success and customer satisfaction. Centralising administrative tasks can drive results and profitability, according to Teradata Marketing Applications. Adam Dougall, Regional Director - Australia, Teradata Marketing Applications, said, “A marketing resource...

Why organisations should aspire to a ‘smart office’

July 13, 2016
Technology has already changed the way we work, turning any location into a mobile office. Businesses that fail to keep up with the latest ‘smart office’ technology are likely to fall behind in terms of productivity and competitiveness, and find it harder to attract top-performing talent, according to Konica Minolta. Shane Blandford, sales and marketing director, Konica Minolta, said, “Most...

Why microlearning is the training method of choice for savvy organisations

July 7, 2016
Most businesses understand the importance of training employees adequately to manage health and safety issues, provide excellent customer service, and deliver better business performance. The challenge lies in finding a balance between providing employees with the training they need, and ensuring productivity on the job. The answer may be found in a new trend: microlearning. Microlearning...

Industry leader predicts the biggest trend in business for new financial year

July 4, 2016
Automation in digital bookkeeping will be the biggest trend in business this new financial year, according to the head of the Australia’s largest bookkeeping franchise, First Class Accounts. Clive Barrett, Executive Chairman of First Class Accounts, said his franchise had experienced 12 per cent growth in the past financial year, due in part to the company’s focus on new accounting technologies...

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