Best Community Publications Franchises

Publish a local edition of “The Homesteader,” the publication for new homeowners! This is a great work-from-home business opportunity for people with sales, marketing, publishing, or business experience!

” The Homesteader” is a monthly newspaper, in publication since 1990, and is direct-mailed to new homeowners. Each issue includes articles of interest to newcomers, like home improvement projects, decorating tips, antiques, movie reviews, restaurant reviews, local travel, museums, and a community calendar. We help new homeowners “settle in” to their new community.

Advertising in “The Homesteader” is a great value to local businesses. We reach their most valuable target market: new homeowners. Because we give the new homeowner a free subscription, they are exposed to our advertisers’ ads repeatedly. And because we mail 5,000+ papers per month, the cost-per-contact is only a few cents per household, depending on the size of their ad. It’s a great value!Businesses like to reach new homeowners because they have high income, are unfamiliar with local merchants, and have a need for many products and services as a new resident and a homeowner.We are offering a publishing opportunity to produce a local “Homesteader” in your market. You would run the operation locally, getting monthly articles from us, selling local ads, and working with a local printer and graphic artist to produce the paper each month. In addition to publishing a local edition, you would also offer related services to boost your profits and provide more services to your advertisers. Options include direct mail programs, inserts, labels, and coupons. There are a number of advertiser-feedback programs that we also recommend.

Most of your content you will receive from us, the rest you will generate through local freelance writers (working with local writers is suggested but not required, as we provide plenty of monthly articles). As a local publisher, you are primarily responsible for advertising sales. You would hire a local printer, graphic artist, freelance writers, and other vendors to help you produce your paper and run your business. As the publisher, you would oversee their work, generate new sales, bill clients, and hire sales or telemarketing help, if desired. You may publish one edition of “The Homesteader” in a local territory, or you can run multiple editions and gain efficiencies in sales, marketing, graphic arts, and printing. Each territory should cover a population size of about 250,000 people, give or take 50,000. Each territory is the same price, but we can grant a longer time to develop additional territories, if needed.

Homesteader Enterprises, Inc. is offering local territories on very attractive terms. Buy your first territory for only $400 down, $3,000 after six months. The first six months are on a trial basis–if you do not like the business or are not successful, you can resign. The first three issues you publish are royalty-free! There is a 10% royalty on ads sold after your third issue published. You won’t start publishing for two to four months from when you start the business. During that time, you set up your office, line up your vendors, and begin selling. Hopefully, when you are ready to begin publishing, you have a number of advertisers lined up for your first issue. (If you don’t have enough, delay that first issue until you have more!) If advertising sales go well, you might break even or earn a small profit on your first issue. However, don’t expect to draw a salary from the business for at least the first six months. The major investment during the first six months is your time. If you decide to hire sales or telemarketing help, you can get started on the road to success much more quickly…but there is added expense. How you approach this is up to you. It is not necessary to hire anyone to help you sell, but it is an option you should consider.

We provide an extensive Training Manual and two days of classroom training in Concord, Massachusetts to get you started. There is no extra cost for this training, but you must pay your own travel and lodging expenses. Training CDs, email, and phone support are also included.We provide a monthly editorial package with 20-40 articles on average. These articles are posted on our website in a members-only section. Many articles have clip art or photos (which also are available on the website).


Popular Tax Service Franchise

Liberty Tax Service Franchise- low investment $17,000

Liberty Tax Service is the fastest growing international tax franchise ever with over 1700 offices in Canada and the United States. At Liberty, our specialty is computerized tax preparation coupled with unparalleled customer service. Our proven operating system is lead and finely tuned by a leadership team whose tenure totals over 400 years in the tax industry. In seven years, Liberty Tax Service has grown to the size it took the other national tax franchises 15 years to realize.
Liberty Tax Service Founder and CEO John Hewitt remains an influential icon in the tax industry, nationally recognized as an entrepreneurial visionary with a blueprint for tax industry success. He’s been recognized for four years as one of Accounting Today’s 100 most influential people in the accounting industry, and was the 2003 Virginia recipient of the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Hewitt is carving out a niche in the tax industry by coupling unparalleled customer service with tax technology, and offering a tax franchise opportunity that is ranked by Entrepreneur for excellence, affordability, and solid growth.

This year, Entrepreneur magazine ranked Liberty Tax Service as:

• The 9th fastest growing franchise opportunity
• The 2nd in the Tax and Accounting industry
• One of the top 20 low investment opportunities
• #28 on the overall list of best franchises
Franchise Information

What other industry offers the perpetual product of tax preparation, and a growing market even in sluggish economic times? Not only are there more taxpayers, but the number of taxpayers opting to pay a preparer is also on the rise. Ten million Canadians electronically filed their taxes through a professional tax preparer this year. That’s an increase of 14.1% over last year.

Unlike many industries, the tax industry arena has been dominated for over 40 years by only one major competitor, H&R Block. In raw number of return growth, Liberty has beaten H&R Block from 1998-2004 in both the U.S. and Canada. Our total number of returns prepared increased over 60% from tax season 2003. Our same store sales were up by 25%.
Join forces with Liberty Tax Service, and put the power of the fastest growing international tax franchise ever to work for your success! We’re building the number one tax franchise team in the industry.

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FASTSIGNS Franchise Opportunity

Fast Signs Business OppotunitiesJoin A Recognized Leader In The Sign And Graphics Industry

FASTSIGNS® centers use state-of-the-art computer technology to create custom signs, graphics, banners, trade show exhibits, vehicle graphics and much more. A pioneer in the sign industry, FASTSIGNS has continued to grow by optimizing our systems and expanding the scope of our products and services. Today, with a growing store network of nearly 500 centers spanning the globe, FASTSIGNS is an acknowledged leader in one of the world’s most dynamic franchised industries.

Corporate Commitment
At FASTSIGNS, our primary goal is to help our franchisees build successful centers that achieve and maintain high sales volumes and maximum profits, year after year. And we’re accomplishing our goal!

Fast Signs Franchise BusinessesAs a FASTSIGNS franchisee, you’ll have the benefit of one of the most respected brand names in the sign business and in franchising as a whole. Additionally, you’ll have the support of the industry’s most thoroughly researched and proven systems for operations, marketing, finance and overall business management.

Our Mission: Sign And Graphics Solutions Made Simple For Everyone

At FASTSIGNS we believe the most important factor in our success is the fact that we treat our franchisees as strategic business partners. We are absolutely committed to giving them every possible competitive advantage.

Fast Signs Business OportunitiesSupport
As a FASTSIGNS franchisee, you’ll have our direct and active support from the very beginning

  • Professional expertise to guide you through the site selection and build-out process
  • Up to Five Weeks of initial training. One week of training in a FASTSIGNS center, followed by two weeks at our Headquarters outside of Dallas; up to two weeks of on-site support and guidance during your store’s Grand Opening
  • Active, ongoing personal support in every aspect of your business
  • Many franchisers derive profit by providing financing, leasing and selling inventory & supplies. At FASTSIGNS, we depend solely on the royalties from our centers for our corporate revenue stream. When you succeed, we succeed!

Fast Signs Franchise OportunitiesWhat Our Franchisees Have To Say

“The support staff at the franchisor level is unequaled. They have the resources to respond accurately and swiftly to any and all questions that I have. They understand that the success of the franchisee is paramount to their success – a rare feature with most franchisors. If I had to do it again – no question about it – FASTSIGNS.”

Jerry Goldstein, Overland Park, KS – FASTSIGNS Franchise Owner since 1988
“With the assistance of the operations and training department, FASTSIGNS makes it nearly impossible to fail. The research, guidance and support from the technical team, and their accessibility at any time, assure me that they will always be there for me if a technical problem persists.”

Greg Shugarts, Kirkland, WA – FASTSIGNS Franchise Owner since 1999



mandlers.jpgFranchise of the Day: Mandler’s The Original Sausage

In a fast food landscape dominated by hamburgers, pizza, chicken and subs, there is a new meal option charging over the horizon. Carrying a European flag, this culinary cavalry is armed with exotic mustards, delectable toppings and cylindrical delicacies on fresh baked rolls and is led by royalty in the person of Ronnie Mandler “The Sausage King.

One of the fringe benefits of Ronnie Mandler’™s travels to Europe as an executive in the garment industry was the pleasure of sampling different types of sausages. In many European cities and neighborhoods sausage is the fast food. Noting that it was impossible to indulge his growing appreciation for this greatly enhanced version of the humble hotmandlers-image.jpg dog, Ronnie developed a plan to offer the tasty tubular treats to the U.S.

Fast forward seven years later and Ronnie sensed that the time was right to implement his finely detailed plan. He found a terrific location near Union Square in New York City and opened Mandler’s “The Original Sausage Company. The restaurant was a huge hit with both the public and the press, receiving glowing reviews from Zagat™s, the New York Times, the Daily News and New York magazine, to name just a few.

Mandler’s offers eleven flavors of European-style sausage, each a generous 91/2 inches long, including bratwurst, krainerwurst, chorizo, Italian and andouille, a Cajun-style favorite. Each sausage was specially developed according to Ronnie Mandler’s specifications and is served on a fresh-baked roll. The same hands-on approach is applied to the preparation of the intriguing flavors of the various mustards presented at the Mustard Bar. Customers can top their sandwiches with smoky garlic Dijon or amber ale honey mustard and others. Toppings include peppadew, a South African pepper relish, sauerkraut, beef chili and sweet and sour red cabbage to name just a few. Zucchini fries and corn fritters are just two of the options for side-dishes.

Americans crave options in the fast-food/quick casual sector and their collective palate is open to new and interesting ethnic food selections. The European-style sausage approach pioneered by Mandler’s offers the entrepreneurial-minded one of the only truly unique restaurant franchises available today. The concept creates the elusive “buzz” that attracts attention, trial and word-of-mouth. The operation is streamlined for efficiency and cost control and franchisees can expect first-class training and exceptional support.

Ronnie Mandler is an entrepreneur himself and appreciates the desire, dedication and hard work to bring a new concept to market. With his passion for the products he has developed and the potential for dramatic growth, this Sausage King is ready to provide qualified franchisees with the systems and guidance to introduce this meaty new concept to their local markets.


Stratus Building Solutions Franchise Opportunity

Franchise of the Day: Stratus Building Solutions
Stratus Building Solutions offers 16 different cleaning service franchise plans providing state-of-the-art “environmentally green” cleaning systems, products, services and marketing support to franchisees. Franchise benefits include orientation and training; customer referrals; administrative and accounting support; pre-arranged credit lines; access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, business reviews; promotional support; and other turn-key advantages.

Stratus Building Solutions now offers franchises in Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Mexico in addition to New Jersey, with plans for more expansion in 2007. The firm’s headquarters is located in suburban St. Louis.