Mar. 27, 03

Boston Metro

Boston MetroHiring a professional to clean your home or apartment can be a simple and affordable solution for busy people.Over the past 10 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of families who have sought professional help with their household chores. Spare time has become such a valuable commodity that many people feel it's worth the money to contract out the dusting, vacuuming and even the windows. According to Cleaning Unlimited's Edgar Builes, his staff "will do everything

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Jan. 01, 03

Entrepreneur's 24th Annual Franchise 500

Entrepreneur's 24th Annual Franchise 500 A closer look at this year's ranking of the top 500 franchises Entrepreneur magazine - January 2003Thousands of prospective entrepreneurs seeking stability in unstable times have turned to franchising, making this old standby a new economic star. What's the allure? Generally, franchising offers the perks of a corporation, minus the scandal, and the freedom of entrepreneurship, minus much of the risk. If you believe 2003 is your year to buy a franchise,

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May. 28, 02

In Pursuit of the New Customer

The Internet has become an integral part of American life, and forward-thinking franchisors are gearing their marketing and customer service strategies with this in mind. Today, more franchises are seeing the Internet as a tool to attract and educate potential customers, as well as offer perks to existing ones."The volume of regional and national [online] advertising generated for franchises is certainly increasing," says Dan Martin, president and founder of IFX Online Inc., a San Diego firm

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May. 01, 02

In Pursuit of the New Consumer

In Pursuit of the New Consumer What are franchises doing to attract Web-savvy customers Entrepreuer.com• May 28, 2002 By Devlin SmithThe Internet has become an integral part of American life, and forward-thinking franchisors are gearing their marketing and customer service strategies with this in mind. Today, more franchises are seeing the Internet as a tool to attract and educate potential customers, as well as offer perks to existing ones."The volume of regional and national [online]

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Apr. 01, 02

It's Payback Time -- Raising Money

It's Payback Time Raising Money: Are your deadbeat debtors getting you down? Don't get mad, get even. By Sean P. MelvinEntrepreneur Magazine . April 2002When the tech bubble burst last year, the accounts receivable at Lynn Parker's public relations and branding firm started to accrue so quickly that they threatened the existence of her business. "We had several hundred thousand dollars in overdue accounts, and as the dotcoms went belly up, so did our chances of ever seeing the money they owed

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