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How To Focus
Focus begins in the morning, Kwik says. And most entrepreneurs destroy it by reaching for their phones. “When you wake up, you’re in this relaxed state of awareness—it’s the most relaxed you’ll feel the entire day,” he says. “When you pick up your de
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2/ POLLO CAMPERO Plays Offense in the Chicken Wars
Quick-service chicken restaurants have become a booming, hyper-competitive space in recent years. Although Sam Wong spent 10 years of his career at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, he’s now happy to put all his eggs in the Pollo Campero basket. Wong is the
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A Small Part OF A Small Business CAN BE A Big Idea
I still remember the first time somebody tasted one of our sauces and said, ‘Ugh, not for me,’” Lisa Tran says. It was 2017, and Tran had just made one of the biggest, most emotionally wrought decisions of her life. She’d created a line of Vietnamese
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The Recipe for Success: Strategy and Flexibility
Pritesh Benjamin may have entered the restaurant business, but he had no interest in working in the kitchen. He was an ER nurse looking for a way to create easy additional income, and he thought he’d found the perfect opportunity by becoming a franch
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Stop Selling to Gen Z
The minute you start trying too hard, that’s when Gen Z is like, Bye.” That’s the advice of Dahye Jung, a strategy analyst at Sid Lee, the global creative agency that works with businesses like Dos Equis and The North Face. Every day, at least one of
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4/For DUNKIN’, Big Franchise Networks Help Make Big Moves
America runs on Dunkin’, as the slogan goes—and Dunkin’ runs on multi-unit franchisees. The company has around 2,300 franchisees within its system, and an estimated 85 percent are multiunit operators. A handful even qualify as “mega” franchisees, wit
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The Unexpected Upside of a Crisis
John Berkowitz grabbed a surfboard, paddled out into open water, and let loose nearly a year’s worth of anxiety. “I just screamed,” he says. “At the top of my lungs. It was the most incredible PTSD scream I’ve ever done.” Berkowitz had begun 2020 try
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The Surprising Importance Of A Cocktail To Go
Want to do something radical? Order a cocktail from your local bar or restaurant, and then walk out the door with it. Prior to the pandemic, that act was illegal almost everywhere in America. Cocktails had to be consumed on premises. They couldn’t be
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The Top 200 Food Franchises
Food franchises may have faced their most challenging year ever in 2020, but they still dominate the franchise landscape. Almost a quarter of the 1,116 companies that applied for the 2021 Franchise 500 were food-related brands. And while the pandemic
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Working (and Napping) Across Time Zones
At Bearaby, it is totally acceptable to sleep on the job. The weighted-blanket startup—which saw revenue soar to more than $21 million in 2020 as consumers looked for ways to de-stress during the pandemic—is built upon a culture of “sleep wellness.”
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Tell Your Story the Right Way
WHEN YOU TELL your story, you may be leaving out the best part. I see this happen all the time. Entrepreneurs share their story online or onstage, or tell it to customers, investors, or people like me—and they wonder why it isn’t resonating. The resu
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Winning New Business
“In the current climate, customers are largely spending their money with brands they know and trust. That is a challenge for a new brand like ours, which launched weeks before the pandemic and hasn’t had the same amount of time to build that trust. T
Entrepreneur9 min cititePsychology
Maximize Your Mind
He knows that, as an entrepreneur, you’re trying to shove as much information into your brain as you can, and to do it as fast as possible. He knows that is frustrating, especially in our current moment of great change, because you can never move as
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Hire a Communicator
Successful franchises all look different, but they have one big thing in common: The franchisor and the franchisees must be in sync. Creating (and maintaining) a culture of unity isn’t easy, but it’s the ultimate key to success—and it starts with a c
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A Brand That’s Built to Scale
Phenix Salon Suites didn’t know it had a pandemic-perfect business model. But in 2020, the franchise—which rents private workspaces to individual beauty professionals—quickly realized that it was able to help a challenged industry deliver one-on-one
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New Leaders, 100-Year-Old Companies
WING ON WO & CO. began in 1890 as a general store in New York’s Chinatown. Now it’s a porcelain shop run by Mei Lum, 30, the founder’s great-great-granddaughter. She took over in 2016, when her grandmother could no longer run the shop herself—but tha
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The Knife That Opened My World
The box arrived from India and contained my future. Inside was the first prototype of my company’s first product. But to open the box, I used something from my past. It was a knife given to me by my father when he taught me the greatest lesson of my
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1/ AMAZING LASH STUDIO Grows with Its Team
Amazing Lash Studio exists to make its customers look good. The eyelash-extension franchise serves members at 260 studios across the United States. But from a business standpoint, Amazing Lash also exists to serve its network of staff and franchisees
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3/ URBAN AIR ADVENTURE PARK Expands Its Offerings, and Its Needs
Urban Air Adventure Park is trying to corner the market on fun. The company launched in 2011 as an indoor trampoline park, but as competition in that space grew, it doubled down on good times and has now evolved into a full-fledged indoor adventure p
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Run a Company…or Work for One?
HAVE A PROBLEM WE CAN SOLVE FOR YOU? TELL US AT HELPME@ENTREPRENEUR.COM Q I run a small business, but a big company just offered me a great position with more money than I’m making now. What do I do? —ELIZABETH, SEATTLE IT’S IRONIC, isn’t it? Entrepr
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Why We Ended Our 401(k) Match
How do we take action? We asked ourselves that question all last year, as the pandemic triggered painful layoffs and worldwide protests against racial injustice got us thinking deeper about who we were as a company. As we dug into our own decisions a
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What’s Your Dominant Question?
A dominant question is the thing we keep asking ourselves, over and over throughout our day. It’s what drives our decisions in the moment and focuses our obsessions when we’re alone. It feels permanent—but Jim Kwik says it is not. Kwik was recently g
Entrepreneur2 min cititeTelecommunications
Look Sharper On-Screen
Jeremy Schneiderman didn’t want to lose momentum. His company, YuJet, launched its battery-powered surfboard just before the pandemic hit. As his team went remote, he wanted a better way for everyone to connect—because grainy, poorly lit video chats
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To Hell In A Handbag
Rebecca Minkoff has impeccable timing, but it sometimes punks her. Back in 2001, she slashed and fabbed-up an “I love New York’’ T-shirt for actress Jenna Elfman, who wore it on The Tonight Show a month after 9/11. It put Minkoff on the map. Then her
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Creating Trust Where There Was None
When Jean Brownhill walked into her Brooklyn home in 2007 and saw a gaping hole in the ceiling, she knew she was dealing with a renovation gone wrong. Brownhill had built a career in architecture and construction—if she struggled to find a reliable g
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Managing Mental Illness Can Be a Team Effort
My husband, glass sculptor and artist Dale Chihuly, has bipolar disorder. He started suffering from periods of depression as a college student in the ’60s, but he wasn’t diagnosed until he reached his early 50s. That was about the time he and I met—I
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My Favorite Hacks
Clubhouse isn’t made for quick browsing, like Instagram or others, so be regimented with your use. “It has to work into the routine,” says adviser and investor Kat Cole. “Schedule rooms one to two weeks in advance so you can plan around them, and end
Entrepreneur2 min cititePopular Culture & Media Studies
How Clubhouse Is different
We’re used to thinking about social platforms in terms of broadcasting; you build followers and then deliver regular content to them. Clubhouse works differently, which is why TV host and podcaster Mario Armstrong has come to think of it this way: To
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His Worst Five Years Were His Life’s Best Gift
For chocolate lovers, the name Max Brenner conjures the image of a bald man. But few may know who that bald man is—or how much this brand hurt and taught him. Here’s the short of it: Max Brenner is a restaurant and retail shop with 50-plus locations
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Desks That Kill Zoom Fatigue
Yasmeen Tadia once used an upside-down box as a makeshift standing desk. But as her company grew—her gourmet cotton candy business, Make Your Life Sweeter, now serves the likes of Facebook, Lyft, and Marc Jacobs—she felt it was time to upgrade her wo
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