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Coffee News

Hello All,

Just wanted to ask if anyone had any experience with the Coffee News franchise. Seems like a pretty solid set-up and the start-up costs are low. I don't want to jump into that segment on my own and Coffee News seems like a good choice.

There are currently no Coffee News franchises in my area but there is a Tidbits newspaper franchise active in the area. Do you think two products that are similar would work in a metro area of about 300,000 people? Thanks


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Franchising Allows Coffee News to Stay in Business

The probable reason franchisees walk away is because of the $80 bucks a week flat rate royalty. I wonder if Coffee News sues for that $80 per week as an outstanding obligation.

If Coffee News were a sales force the sales people may make enough money to stay on. But because its a franchise with a weekly $80 obligation,they don't have many options but to close.

Does anyone know if Coffee News chases the franchisees for the back Royalties? Or do they just terminate them and try to sell it again to one of Barnum Bailey's sucker that's born every minute.

With smartphones what need does Coffee News fill?

I'd rather look at my smart phone than read coffee news.

The days pf reading coffee news are over.

Coffee News is a loser.

Very few franchisee make more than minimum wage.

The only ones that make money are Bill Buckley and his clueless Son John Buckley.

Everybody else is lucky to make minimum wage.

Loser for me, then a loser for all

"Very few franchisee make more than minimum wage." - visitor

How do you know this? Are Coffee News franchisees sharing with you their personal and business tax filings? If you have their incomes compiled, then let's see it.

It depends if they have a buyer

They let me out of contract because they had a cash buyer. I stopped paying the $80.00 a week and they terminated me and sold it to someone else.

You have to sell 15 ads an issue just to break even

That sounds crazy. no wonder they terminate so many franchisees, they stop paying the $80 bucks a week. Then they get terminated and Coffee News sells it to another sucker. Isn't that referred to as "churning"?

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Coffee News Can be Fixxed

The model needs some adjustments to make it work better for the franchisees.I just read the FDD and these are my suggestions to fix the model for franchisees in the US. If the Franchisor is unwilling to do that becuase termination machine makes him more money.

Then frachisees left in the system should organize and form an independent franchisees association.

  • Change the royalty systems, instead of $80 flat per week come up with a royalty per ad sold. That way the franchisee gets to break even quicker. You can figure it out so its cash flow neutral or the franchisor can make more If the franchisees sells all 32 ads they may wind up paying more royalty but they make money.
  • Go non-exclusive, start with certain categories like Realtors, other good categories to go non-exclusive are auto repair and contractors, because many overlap anyway. That’s how we transitioned to nonexclusively at SuperCoups.

93 out of 500 in 2014 Entrepreneur 500?

From Entrepreneur Magazine:
93 Coffee News Weekly newspaper distributed at restaurants $9.43K - 10.43K

The IFA has 1200 Franchisor Members, others say there are at least 2500 franchisors operating in the US.

How can a franchisor that terminates almost as many as it sells be consider a top 100 franchise?

It makes Entrepreneur Magazines algorithm very questionable.

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Entrepreneur Magazine is no Google

Entrepreneur Magazine algorithm is nothing more adding how many units were sold against a % of the total units in operation.

It's nonsense.

10 years ago. SuperCoups changed the territory size from 80,000 households to 60,000 households.

When SuoerCoups reported to Entrepreneur Franchise 500 they divided the total number of homes mailed by 60,000 and they gained something like a 100 units. In reality they sold one franchise that year. But the 100 units put them #5 on the fastest growing franchise list. A total misrepresentation of what was really going on.

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 is a tool for them to sell ads to franchisors, norhing more and nothing less.

It's a turn off to me when someone brags about being in the Entrepreneur Franchise 500.

Terminating 131% of your franchisees in a 5 year period????

The FDD shows that they terminated 977 franchisees in the last 5 years. And they sold 1047. Are they reselling failed franchisees isn't that called churning?

Wow, I would stay away from any company that terminates almost as many as they sell. That seems to be the definition of a loser.

Does anyone read the FDD?

Item 20 is sometimes hard to understand what is exactly going on. But if any franchisor is terminating almost 200 franchisees a year. Something is very wrong.

That would be a very big red flag.

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Free Content anyone?

When you contact us, ask us how you can get FREE weekly content from us.

This is a new program we now offer and is limited to one person per state so don't delay.


Do you offer the Coffee News Weekly Newsletter?

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FactsWeekly is not connected to Coffee News

Hello Lisa, no we are not affiliated with Coffee News in any way.  Coffee News is a franchise, we are not. We are a subscription service that provides low-cost weekly content for free community papers around the U.S.

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Is it still called "working for yourself" if....?

People tell me they really want to work for themselves.  I hear this all the time.  So why would they then buy into a "free community paper" opportunity where someone else will be making all the important decisions for them?  Can they really still claim to be  "self employed" if they arent even calling the shots?  

We are different.  We simply supply our subscribers with interesting content each week without telling them how to run their business.  We think those decisions are best made by the actual business OWNER.  After all, isnt that the appeal of owning your own business?  You sell ads to any business you want.  Your paper can be laid out any way you like.  You can sell any ad sizes you want.  You can call your paper by any name you choose.  You are not even locked into a contract.  You can quit any time with no further obligation.  Honestly, why would you let someone else tell you how to run your business by making these key decisions for you? 

At FactsWeekly we have no interest in running anyone else's business.  Instead we simply coach and make reccomendations based on our experience.  So far this appears to be a better mouse trap than the typical free paper franchises.  We tried that years ago and quickly decided there had to be a better way.  There is, and we would be happy to share it with you.

Coffee News Litigation

After reading through all the comments I wonder how can they force you out of a territory or win in court. How many news papers are there in a given area? We have lots and lots. They are similar and run ads and have similar content; how could a court rule that mine or yours is impending on theirs, when they may not even have anyone interested in opening a franchise in that area. My area doesn't have a Coffee News, so how could they claim right to a similar publication?

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coffee news & others

This is not a new concept.  We own restaurants.  We use a publication, it doesn't happen to be Coffee News.  If you start one of these you may well find that many of your target outlets already are served.  And no, we do NOT allow other publications. We DON'T WANT THE CLUTTER.

Sometimes people drop stuff off bundles of other publications, or even display racks, without permission. Straight into the dumpster, even the display rack. If you left it without permission, it is at least a gift and/or intentionally abandoned.  Don't like, it sue me.  So far nobody has tried. 

Somebody we already did business with in a different capacity attempted to start one of these.  We refused to even meet with her about it. She was shocked.  She didn't even seem to realize that we already had a similar publication. She pushed it so much she almost lost her prior business relationship with us.

These are a legitimate and established business "concept".  But there are already many players. Don't get rushed into "act now before all the good territories are gone".  They already are. Don't hurry to "get in on this ground floor opportunity" because it isn't one, the elevator left long ago.

Since you have posted this

Since you have posted this twice, I am guessing that you are either a publisher yourself or just an asshole or both. I don't publish this type of publication, but I do publish a monthly magazine. I have bought enough racks in my 20 years of publishing for myself and everyone else around. I would never put a rack in without permission. I bet the person who put the rack in, was told by one of your employees they could. Racks are very expensive and if I found out someone tossed my rack in the dumpster, someone would get an ass kicking. How would you like it if someone tossed your deep fat fryer in the dumpster.

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But I didn't put my frier in your office

Guest belligerently asks: How would you like it if someone tossed your deep fat fryer in the dumpster.

Oh tough keyboard warrior you are.  I didn't install MY frier in YOUR office without your permission.  I don't go to YOUR ofice and throw YOUR printers in the dumpster. Get the difference?  If these racks are so expensive, you ought to get actual permission before you put them in. Prove to me you had permission. We have one rack with OUR logo on it for a permitted publications, they pay us to be there. Plus two racks with the publishers' logos; each of those publishers has WRITTEN permission for their rack pursuant to an advertising relationship we have with both of them. They only gat a rack as long as we are advertising with them.

Funny that the guy who left the unauthorized rack never complained or claimed that he had permission. He asked where the rack was and we told him..If he put one in the again it would go to the same place. We don't use Coffee News.  The publication we do use, we pay for it, and it has no local advertising. We do use a placemat contractor that uses a business model of giving us free placemats with our ad featured, and he sells local ads to pay for them and make his profit. We have veto over content. He has a written agreement with us also; he didn't just walk in and start leaving them there without permission.

I am simply trying to warn the newbies that the challenge is not ONLY selling ads. The ad buyers will want to know where your publication apprears, and placement is not a gimme either. Our stores are high volume and have some of the highest transaction volumes in the area, and every freakin' crap free publication wants in.  Before we limited it to outfits with whom we have an advertising relationship, our vestibules were jammed with these, and people were putting their publications on top of other people's racks since there was no room for more racks.

It was too much.  Now it's written permission or the dumspster.  Threatening to kick our asses isn't going to get you in.

The Snippet is going global

I run a 4 page free weekly "no bad news" publication in the UK called The Snippet ( and am looking to take it global. I am interested in speaking to anyone in the US that would like to be a partner in developing the franchise over cost involved. email me [email protected]

Franchises in Asutralia

Would you be interested in Franchises in Australia?

Can yo send a sample of your content?

I am considering setting up my own network or Free Weekly publications in Asutralia.


coffee news franchise turnover

I almost bought a Coffee News franchise several years ago. I turned it down for several reasons, mostly just gut feelings . Turns out it was the best thing I ever did. As I watched over the years since then I noticed that in my home town the franchise owners were turning over, and over and over. I began watching in other cities as well. With a few exceptions, there appears to be no long term owners. For all of the reasons already stated elsewhere here this franchise appears to be quite the money pit.
I had talked to an attorney in regards to creating my own restaurant publication. I was concerned about trademark and copyright issues. He basically said that it's like McDonald's and Burger King.
Both sell a hamburger but they naturally distinguish themselves by calling them different things.
If you want to start in this business on your own you can do it. Use good trade software like Adobe InDesign or Pagemaker. Get a used HP Laserjet 9000dn that can spew out the 11 x 17 copies like crazy.
You just saved yourself tons of money on design and now you can print it as well. Get a Martin-Yale folder and go nuts. Content is everywhere, just make sure it's not copyrighted.
There are numerous sources. You can start this business today for under $2500 and no franchise fees. PRIVATEER!

Nice One!! I am Doing this in

Nice One!! I am Doing this in Australia!!

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We can help :)

We think that $2500 is a LOT of money!  We can help people get started without all the problems you mentioned.  Many of our subscribers can get started for virtually ZERO out of pocket cost.  There IS a better way, let us show you!

coffee news

I would like some information concerning starting a mini publication news. Can you advise?

Check out

Check out ...we offer the ability to start this in your own backyard and make $1,400 for each completed edition!

You sell the ads...we do everything else...simple!

Please email if interested... [email protected] thanks!

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So selling advertising is simple....

Bill says: "You sell the ads...we do everything else...simple!"

So Bill is recruiting people to sell advertising? Is that on commission? Nothing wrong with that, but that's hardly "owning your own business" or something that belongs on a franchising site.  If you find it simple to sell advertising, and are willing to work on commission, there are many places where you could already get a job.

How many ads do you have to sell for how much, to make the $1400?

A Jibber Java franchise is the way to go!

If Coffee News were in color and had better design style it would be what Jibber Java is today. Franchises are cheaper and the product is much better quality by a mile. The thing to remember is that even there will always be a market for more than one Coffee Break Reader...Jibber Java's only have room for 25 ads...Coffee News 32..that's 57 ads only combined...a town of 500,000 will have around 20,000 businesses so there's plenty of room. Coffee news is already in most places so there are few places left to get a franchise (without moving to a different city) So go with a different franchise - a better franchise opportunity. Jibber Java. It's Fun and FULL COLOR and less expensive than Coffee News so what are you waiting for? visit

I Love My Coffee News

I have been publishing Coffee News for two years with 4 editons that I purchased from a previous publisher. I have never had a problem with distribution as I hear the same thing from everyone "I love Coffee News". Some of distribtion locations include Call Centers, Hospital Waiting Rooms, Doctors/Dentist Office, Car Dealership, Hair Salon as well as over 375 Restaurants.
Customers and Clients love it because it is fast reading. You are usually still waiting for your service and then continue to read the ads. When new advertisers call they love the fact they will be the only business in their catergory in the paper and they say "I see it everywhere". Once your distribution locations are set up, the advertisers will call you.
Good luck and I myself love my JOB and Coffee News!!

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An alternative ...

Our small company provides weekly content to free local community papers all around the U.S.  Our subscribers pay a small subscription and in return they receive weekly (interesting) content that pleases both their readers AND their advertisers.  We do not charge any additional fees.  

Our subscribers also have free access to our website (members only) where they can exchange ideas (and get questions answered) with other independent publishers from all over the country.  We show them key things like: How to use affiliate marketing to fill their paper, Where to distribute their paper, How to set their ad prices, etc.

Our subscribers typically own their own local paper. Some get 100% of their content from our service while others supplement the content they already have.  We simply provide the content and additional resources for our subscribers to succeed.

We do NOT determine our subscribers'  paper design, layout, ad rates, policies or publication name.  They are 100% responsible for everything other than the content we sell them.  We have no restrictions on what our subscribers can do with 3 exceptions:  1) Our content cannot be published online.  2) Our subscribers may not use our business name or its likeness implying our endorsement/or involvement. 3) We do not accept more than one subscriber in a given area.

Our subscribers are 100% owners of their publications.  We simply provide the interesting content.

Feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more.  We are happy to help :)

further info on your company

Could you also provide your website address? I am interested in your content for local papers.


can you please send me information about pricing and contact for your content.

Thanks Ryan

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We have tried to reach you...

Please contact us directly and we would be happy to answer you questions!

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Hi Ryan!

Sorry for the late response...we dont visit BlueMauMau as often as we would like :)

First, please visit our website, for more information.  Then contact us directly for more details about our service.  We do not accept more than one subscriber in an area so please include what area you are considering as well.

Thank Ryan,


I've never seen as much very

I've never seen as much very thinly disguised spam in a thread before.

Coffee News Litigation Risk

This is in response to the inquiries about getting sued starting your own kind of publication similar to Coffee News. I think when their website says "copyright and trademark laws" I think they are specifically talking about what's referred to as "trade dress laws". Here's a good article from Wikipedia about trade dress:

I'm not an attorney (I am qualified as a paralegal) but I suspect that if you published your own paper that looked similar enough there is definitely litigation risk. So don't call it "Cafe News" and use brown paper basically. I'm not sure exactly how different one would have to be to be safe - but hopefully this is a start for those of you thinking about going solo.

litigate shmitigate

Even if you did call it cafe news, on brown paper, and had every single category the same, they would lose if they sued you, if your lawyer wasn't a total incompetent. Do you know how many Almanacs looked exactly the same during the medicine show heydey? Did poor richard sue them all. Its a medium. Change the content and its new. Remember Vanilla Ice vs. David Bowie dun dun dun dunda dun da, vs. dun dun dun dunda dun da. Extra dun. you lose, case closed. Does Mcdonalds sue burger king? Stop it. How bout sprite sueing sierra mist? look out 7 up. They have cheerios knock offs at acme called whole-e o's. There's no bee. so its all good.

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Serious Q: where do you guys place your publication and is it hard to get in?  (Mostly we hear about the challenge of selling ads - what about placing the publications?)

Reason I ask is that we own several restaurants, we already have a publication, and we wouldn't put anyone else in.  Unless maybe they paid us.  And no, we won't let in additional ones, we don't want numerous ones cluttering our stores, we kicked out a whole bunch of "Pennysaver" and "Want As Digest" and "Dating Pages" type of publications too..

One guy claimed it was "discrimination"; he is welcome to sue me but I never heard back from him, I just threw his rack and all his papers into the dumpster since he didn't have permission to leave them; just considered them abandoned.

So Is Coffee News easier to sell ads than Tidbits

Who has a Tidbits? Seems like the Coffee News is more expensive but maybe more exclusive? ie - they allow only 1 ad per issue of any particular business - 1 Dentist - 1 HairStylist etc.  Seems like that concept could stir alot of interest



Anybody have any success stories in regards to Tidbits? Lets hear them






Is less more?

From my experience - have owned and sold Coffee News Franchises twice - you are only allowed 1 realtor - every realtor wants to be in there - you have 32 ad spaces - can only sell to 1 - my gosh seems wild eh? Is more focued in that you need to call all the Vets in your area to see if they want an ad so that is good but you need 32 different groups. MOst of the businesses that advertised with me were small and had money for 1 ad and then went out of business - we get paid up front so got paid but always had to find new customers - are some like "quit smoking in 30 days by laser" ads that run all the time becuase it works for them. The delivery takes 2 to 3 hours each week per location - that's a lot of time PLUS you have to print each week whether you have advertisers or not. I thought maybe a online website selling ads would be good but then who sees it right - coffee news is everywhere where people are and that's who sees it. One tip - most of the readers are seniors - who else is in the restaurants all day right - so ads geared towards them are good - daycare, travel etc - things that gramma and grampa are looking at. ALl the best!


Bill Buckley, President -COFFEE NEWS USA COFFEE NEWS USA and COFFEE NEWS WORLD HEAD OFFICE invite you to a Coffee News College, August 23-25, 2009 at The Lucerne Inn, Dedham, Maine. Please contact our Bangor office (207-941-0860) or email: [email protected] to confirm your attendance. In Canada, testking 70-562 please contact Connie Seidler at 204-222-5597, or email her at [email protected] More in Depth: All new publishers who have never attended a COFFEE NEWS COLLEGE should arrive on Sunday, August 23 to attend two full days of basic introductory training beginning on Monday, August 24, testking N10-003 and ending on Tuesday, August 25 at 6 PM. This program is designed specifically for new publishers and publishers who have never attended a COFFEE NEWS COLLEGE. Sessions will be relaxed and informative, so dress comfortably. New publishers that have never attended a Coffee News College will have the cost of the rooms, meals and training for the basic training program on Sunday thru Wednesday included at no charge, other than travel expenses. testking 000-223 Other publishers who acquired their franchises through private sales are also required to attend this COFFEE NEWS COLLEGE but are required to pay their own expenses unless they have paid a transfer fee at the time of the purchase.

Coffee News vs. Tidbits and FunFacts

Coffee News has this statement on their website under "Coffee News is Popular"

3) It's virtually competitor-proof! Naturally, when any new idea in advertising is introduced and has the overnight success of Coffee News there will be copycat publications. However, due to trade marking and copyright laws, Coffee News offers a higher level of protection to franchisees. Those that have tried so far have been ordered by the court to "cease and desist" and pay average damages to Coffee News of over $85,000. per settlement. All others not in litigation, have gone out of business on their own as of this printing.

Does anyone have proof/experience to support this statement on their website? What about Tidbits and FunFacts? Will they too eventually go out of business? Even though Coffee News is the most expensive of the three to start, if it's a more reliable and steadfast company, doesn't that speak volumes about the way the company is managed?

Thank you for any input you can give me.

Coffee News

I purchased one Coffee News franchise in 2007. Through networking and community involvement I was able to sell out my first edition in 5 weeks. I have expanded over the last 2 years to 8 franchises of Coffee News. We keep most of our editions at 75-100% full. The support from fellow publishers (over 1,000 strong) is worth every penny you spend on a franshise. The strictness of Coffee News is to protect a formula that has worked for 20 years. The product is as viable today as it was then. There are many appealing elements to the Coffee News ads for advertisers.

I have friends that have purchased other community papers similar to Tidbits and hear the same thing from all of them: not enough support for running their business.

I run alongside many other community papers without any problem.

Coffee News is a viable, respected community paper. You couldn't make a better investment!

Cheryl Bertics
Publisher, South Carolina

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Coffee News

Coffee News is in the Blue MauMau franchise directory. But all we know is that it is a home-based publishing franchise.

Anyone know anything about this franchise system?

Don't do Coffee News

I had a large area that was over 200,000 so I was required to buy 4 franchises.. that's over $24,000 now (a little less when I purchased mine). You have an extra franchise cost of $20 p/ each, so the franchise charge is now $120 a week in this scenario. For almost $500 a week, you have to work your butt off, even in an area as big as mine. It honestly took me over a year to start making a profit and I worked it hard.. and I'm a salesman by nature! In any case, the profit at this point was over $20,000 a year.. hardly close to recapturing my original investment for the hours I had put in. By year 2, I was getting a lot of return advertisers, but not many as expected. I was maybe at 50%. I was frustrated because the Coffee News College you attend when you first sign on says it will usually be 80%. Not true. I live in a very large small to medium business area, but the fact is that most companies like to try different things in advertising.. hitting several different sources, so don't be fooled into thinking this is a "get it running and sit back and collect" business. It's sales pure and simple. You'll get the door slammed in your face many more times than not. By the end of two years, I had raised my profits to $28,000 (after printing costs), but my gas for that year was over $4000. I suspect that would be worse now. I finally sold this business for $6000 less than I originally purchased it for. Coffee News has a great business model.. for themselves. Over 300 locations... many with several editions.. probably averaging $100 a week for content. $300,000 a week they get to sit back and collect while you are busting your hump every day for them. My advice? Do this yourself. Everyone immediately writes this off and why? Content? Get a hold of a few different styles of publications and see what others are doing. The hardest part is your original design, but sit down and take a few weeks working on this. After that, you can easily take 1 night a week of about 5 hours and create all your content for the next week. And voila.. you've just saved over $100.. money in your pocket.. not theirs! Trust me when I tell you this is the way to go. I'm not bitter about the Coffee News experience because it allowed me to understand the business well and create my own and I had a lot of ready made contacts. I would just never wish it on anyone else. At least Tidbits is reasonably priced. Coffee News has raised everything since being on the Top 500 franchises. Don't let that tag fool you. It's not worth it.


For those of you that have owned one of these types of newsletters before I have a couple questions.

How much were you charging per Advertising space?

What were your printing cost like?


For those of you that have owned one of these types of newsletters before I have a couple questions.

How much were you charging per Advertising space?

What were your printing cost like?

Coffee News: Don't do it

Coffee News is a wonderful newspaper, but if you really do your homework and deep research, you will see that most of the publishers get out after a year or two. Serious veteran publishers stay in about 5 years, but they have other motives like using Coffee News as a "farm league" to find good people for other ventures. Coffee News publishers are the best people in the world and that is why you get sucked into doing this franchise.

I highly recommend you buy a Coffee News franchise to meet your community, "have your own business" drive a car with Coffee News graphics, etc. etc. You will be a proud business member and be a pillar of your community, however YOU WILL NOT MAKE MONEY. YOU WILL NOT MAKE MONEY, YOU WILL NOT MAKE MONEY! When you talk with current publishers they will tell you they are making a good living, they are not. You have hugh printing costs, franchise costs, travel cost, etc. You also have hugh weekly delivery costs. They costs just keep coming up every single week, however ad revenue does not keep coming in. You will have constant turnover of advertisers as you serve the middle to small business community which does not understand advertising. They want results from their ad. They will even ask you if they advertise with you will they get more business. They also have very unrealistic expectations about advertising.

Look just use your common sense: With a Quiznos sub franchise you stand to make perhaps 50,000 in profit per store with an investment of about $300,000. Coffee News' UFOC states that you can clear $160,000 with just a 10,0000 investment. Why would you ever spend $300,000 to make 50k when you can buy a Coffee News franchise for only 50k and make 160k? YOU CANT!!!!

Coffee News: Don't Do It

I spent 8k on initial investment, and 75 bucks per week on royalties. Before expenses, I made 6k my first year. I couldn't actually afford my second year. Small business owners sometimes don't understand or cannot afford advertising, with the rise of social media, my Coffee News editions became irrelevant. This was in 2006. Printing, gas and royalties are all higher now. I learned a lot, but my experience with Coffee News was very financially horrifying.

Coffee News

Thanks for your helpful information on Coffee News franchises. You recommend starting your own paper instead of purchasing a franchise from Coffee News. How would you recommend getting around their claim to litigate any publications that try to get started? What exactly do they claim to have copyright laws and trade marks on? Is it just the name or is it on the format also? Have you started your own publication after selling your franchises? What do you recommend changing in a publication, based on your experiences?

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