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The trouble with taking your business on the road Add to ...

The latest news and information for entrepreneurs from across the web universe, brought to you by the Report on Small Business team. Follow us on Twitter @GlobeSmallBiz

The hidden headaches of mobile franchises

Mobile franchises have seen incredible growth in the past four years, partially thanks to their low start-up costs. Many entrepreneurs - whether they're into gourmet food or party planning - also enjoy the lifestyle and the flexibility that they offer.

But with lower costs comes hidden headaches, including dealing with parking restrictions and marketing a business lacking a fixed address. It's also not a suitable lifestyle for those who want a controlled, predictable work environment. If you've ever dreamed of taking a business on the road, this article from the Wall Street Journal offers a sobering reality check.

Small business owners weigh in on the Occupy eviction

"This has done real damage to my business," said Marc Epstein, the owner of Milk Street Cafe located near the Occupy Wall Street encampment. He also reportedly said that his business has suffered so much that he's had to lay off 20 people because "nobody’s walking down Wall Street anymore, especially later in the day.”

The Huffington Post reached out to several small business owners to get their reaction hours after Zuccotti Park, where protesters camped out for nearly two months, was finally empty.

Please stop dressing so darn sexy

What to do when the administrative assistant dresses too provocatively for the office.

EVENTS AND KEY DATES

Round the Clock

Over a 24-hour period on 17 November 2011, EO chapters around the world will conduct real-time events designed to drive business take-home value around growth and innovation. For the day's schedule, click here.

Exit Planning Workshop

This seminar will include personal financial planning, the valuation of personal assets and developing a plan for what to do with them. Sign up here.

EDITOR'S PICKS FROM REPORT ON SMALL BUSINESS

Video: What are the Feds doing to help small businesses?

Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, explains what the Harper government has done for small business owners in 2011, designated the 'Year of the Entrepreneur.' Mr. Bernier was the keynote speaker at the Globe's inaugural Small Business Summit held in Toronto on Nov. 8.

FROM THE ROSB ARCHIVES

How to motivate Gen X and Gen Y employees

The tips and tricks to get the most out of people who want more from work than just a pay cheque, from columnist Mark Evans.

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