Own A Franchise Financial Conversations To Have With Your Family Before Choosing A Franchise

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Guest Blogger: Ray Moore, CFE, Vice President of Development, BrightStar

The successful franchisee will first and foremost find the right fit. The right fit may be the one that best fits his or her financial resources and goals. The potential franchisee should sit down with their spouse and family and ask some hard questions. Together they will have to decide what outcomes they need to realize to consider this venture a success. They will have to separate out the must have or non-negotiable outcomes before shopping for a franchise opportunity.

The couple/family should agree to the following each family will have to fill in the blanks according to their own circumstances. Its a good idea to consult an accountant:

1.We will not invest more than $_____ of our cash/liquid capital.
2.We will not borrow more than $______ in additional funds to capitalize the business.

With any start up, business owners need to have enough money, either set aside or in other income, to cover household bills and run the business for 12 to 18 months. The following questions will help determine how much is needed:

3.To make sure we can still live comfortably while growing the business, we will cut our household budget to $ ____ per month for at least ____ months and be sure to never exceed that budget.
4.We will only buy a franchise that we have confidence can get big enough to feed itself, i.e., income (cash flow) will cover monthly business expenses (fixed and variable costs), no later than ___ months after signing the agreement.

With many new business start ups, the owner will not be able to take a salary for 1-2 years. The family needs to know that household expenses will be covered during that time.

5.We will only seek a franchise for sale that we have confidence will be able to pay me a discretionary salary (enough to cover some or all of household expenses) without harming the business no later than ___ months after signing the agreement.
6.We will generate other income of $___ (amount needed to make up for loss of other income and savings budget) from ___ (spousal income, other household income or investments) independent of the new franchise business.
7.We will only pursue a franchise business opportunity that will allow us to have our initial investment back, i.e., pay off the start up loan from business income, in ____ months/years.

These are just some of the items that typically come up, or should come up, during the conversations leading up to buying a franchise. Asking the right questions will get you the answers you need. Ask them of yourself, your spouse, your family, the franchisor and other franchisees so you can get the full picture of what your life will be like while building your business, and what it can be like once you have established your new franchise.

Ray Moore, CFE, BrightStar

Mobile Marketing and Advertising for Small Business

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The mobile marketing and advertising news-wires are abuzz and more and more companies are jumping into the game on a daily basis. Powerhouses like Google and Apple are building their arsenal for the mobile advertising phenomenon that is all the talk right now.

Companies large and small are jockeying for position within their target markets and local niches in an effort to get a first mover advantage in the inevitable transformation to the Mobile computing tsunami that is already taking shape.

What this means to the Small Business owner and in-house marketers is that the mobile marketplace has gained momentum. A solid mobile strategy can provide a huge advantage and be your secret weapon for success among a targeted niche audience or in a localized small to medium size metropolitan area.

You see, we understand that you don’t have the time to keep you ear to the ground on all of this Mobile mayhem, because you are busy with your two hands on the wheel with your companies. What we also know is that you rely on other small businesses to provide you with the knowledge and the tools to make sure that you are keeping you marketing and advertising efforts relevant and effective. In the ever evolving multimedia e-marketplace, you need solutions and you either need them to be service based and low cost, or you need them to be extremely easy to understand and integrate on a do it yourself basis.

After all, one of the coolest things about being a small business owner is the adventure of wearing a variety of hats and learning the latest and greatest techniques to stay ahead of the competition. Today, Mobile Marketing might be one of the most effective and efficient means to push your business out ahead of the pack. Whether you are a retail shop, professional service, restaurant, hotel, craftsman or independent artist, you can engage your customers like never before.

The tools, knowledge and abilities to put this into motion for your specific marketplace are right at your fingertips. Although this might seem like a complicated technological maze, you’ll be pleased to find that many other small companies within the Mobile Marketing industry have brought forth some interesting and easy to understand guidelines and tools that you can utilize today in efforts to launching your company into the Mobile arena.

Improve Bank Debt Recovery Efforts By Implementing These Techniques

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Bank debt collection in increasing, largely because of a recession and economic crisis affecting consumers and markets around the globe. Banks and credit unions are employing new tools and strategies to improve bank debt recovery.

Because of years of steadily rising consumer debt, banks are facing ever growing credit card delinquencies, checking account and loan defaults, as consumers struggle to pay for the necessities. Financial institutions are trying new strategies to help with bank debt collection efforts.

Listed are a few recommended bank debt collection tips, which will help improve your debt recovery efforts.

Provide alternative payment plans for customers going through financial difficulties.

. Create “hardship” programs for borrowers who are late with their payments.

. Extend or lower payments, interest rates, or lower fees when you anticipate customer payment problems.

Create communications channels where customers can openly discuss their issues. By proactively reaching customers early, you can prevent larger problems later.

In addition to your present internal debt collection processes, these suggestions are designed to “flag” would be problems much sooner, and prevent them from becoming much larger problems later on.

When To Consider Outsourcing Bank Debt Recovery to Collection Agencies

It is critically important that banks and credit unions experiencing growing debt collection issues quickly rid themselves of “problem” delinquencies, and outsource them to a collection agency.

Using many of the earlier suggested strategies, you will be able to identify early on, and be able to distinguish the customers that you can work with via payment arrangements, and the more challenging customers.

These more challenging accounts must be identified early on in the process, and outsourced to a collection agency. Failure to do so decreases the possibility of ever getting paid on them. It will also cost you much more in wasted time, resources, etc. Failing to do so, not only decreases your likelihood of getting paid on them at all, it costs you far more in time, resources, etc.

Some collection agencies offer programs designed to restore negative accounts and retain banking customers before the account is closed or charged off. In fact, research shows customer retention equaling 70% or better can be achieved, as well as restoration of negative account balances when contacted pre-charge off.

The crucial element is reaching these customers before the account is charged off, not afterward.In addition to the incentive to clear up their negative account balance, it is also proven that after a past due account is closed and charged off, these delinquent customers typically seek new bank accounts at other institutions.

Once this happens, there is little interest in that customer bringing their delinquent, charged off account, current.

Entrepreneurs are the Key Driver Drives Castilla-La Mancha to Economic Recovery

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Ensures that the Government of Castilla-La Mancha and CECAM “working in the same direction, which is to create jobs and wealth for our region”

Spain, May 25, 2013 – The Minister of Employment and Economy Regional Executive, Home Carmen said that “entrepreneurs are the engine of economic recovery and a source of employment in Castilla-La Mancha, in collaboration with the government led by Maria Dolores Cospedal “.

Home This was said during a meeting with the president of the Confederation of Employers of Castilla-La Mancha (CECAM), in which we have analyzed the measures it has put in place the regional government to accelerate economic recovery and employment.

In this regard, he indicated that the regional government “is very clear that the revitalization of the productive and commitment to innovation and modernization passes businessmen and entrepreneurs of Castilla-La Mancha, because without them there is no business, and without businesses can not create jobs. ”

The Minister also referred to the latest economic indicators, which he described as “encouraging” Thus, stressed the sale of new vehicles in Castilla-La Mancha in the last month, which has increased by 23.6 percent, compared to 10.8 percent of the national average, the Business Confidence Index from 6.5 in Castilla-La Mancha against the national average of 3.6, or increasing the number of self in the last month 0.31 percent.

Home has expressed its belief that “the measures taken by the government of Castilla-La Mancha are beginning to bear fruit, something that is being endorsed by economic data that reflect a slight change of trend”

In this regard, he said that “despite the difficulties, we were able to ensure basic social services, meet the deficit target and, above all, to show that the measures we have taken were correct.”

As an example, he recalled that “only the Ministry of Employment and the Economy will invest 95 million euros in 2013 to encourage entrepreneurship and to create jobs through measures such as the Development Plan for the Recruitment, Development Plan of Self-employment agreements with financial institutions, the Investment Plan and Employment Creation or the Internationalization Plan of Castilla-La Mancha, among other measures. ”

Finally, Casero wanted to highlight the important work CECAM with Nicholas Angel in the lead, to streamline and improve the business of Castilla-La Mancha. “The Government of Castilla-La Mancha and CECAM working in the same direction, which is to create jobs and wealth for our region,” he concluded.

Press Contact: Consejeria de Empleo y Economia Media Relations Consejeria de Empleo y Economia Address: Avda Ireland No 14 512-212-1139

Entrepreneur Spirit 3

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Some people think becoming an entrepreneur is so difficult. They often think that to be an entrepreneur, money is the main factor. Actually, there is something else such as mental preparation that plays an important role.

Some people choose to be entrepreneurs because they do not want to suffer tight competition in the workforce, to have the desire for unlimited earnings, to have the freedom to determine their own destiny, and to be more independent or to have extra satisfaction on their personal achievement.

In the early stages of becoming entrepreneurs, however, people should realize that their income can be less than before, no more company allowances. Not mentioning that they have to work harder and longer hours, with the responsibility of employing their workers.

Moreover, they should cope with critics from their environment about how stupid they are for letting go such a good job with good payments and benefits.

People should have more than one income source, but by being entrepreneurs, they are working for themselves, and they alone will determine how much they want to earn and how.

Tips for new entrepreneurs:
Start with a low working capital, so people can minimize their potential loss that may occur.
The other advantage is to train to survive in the new business with minimum facilities.
Be flexible; entrepreneurs should revise their business concept with current trends and economical conditions.
It is recommended to have a mentor who can share knowledge and give advises on critical points.
Start with your hobbies.
By doing so, hopefully they can cope with the frustration and do not give up when they have to deal with difficulties.
Sometimes it is a good idea to do a completely new business idea that might bring less competitors.

Starting a new business needs capital. It is a safe way to use their own savings, because they do not have to pay interests or risk their assets when taking business loans from a local bank.

Avoiding interests should be considered since it is hard for a new business to gain profits during its first months of operation. It can take their breath away to pay high interests.

For people with a strong network, they can look for partners to cooperate with, so they also can share the capital.

Having a business does not mean that people will earn profits right away. Entrepreneurs should think about getting loyal customers and give them competitive services.

After a business has been developed, entrepreneurs might need employees. it is important to put honesty as the first criteria. It is a fact that honest people become rare nowadays, and you do not want to be cheated by your employees.

Last but not least, entrepreneurs should understand that running a business is a process. There will be some critical moments before they can earn a stable profit.

Make Money Online – An Amazing 5 Step Formula Shows You How

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Follow these super simple 5 steps for making money online and get ahead of 95 per cent of other marketers.

*Step 1* Target a large group of people

First you need to research your intended market. You need find a reasonably large number of targeted individuals who have money to spend and a problem that needs solving. To make money online you need to offer a great product, or service, that solves a problem for them.

You need to research:

(a)What are people searching for online? (b)How many people are searching online for a solution to their particular problem?

First though, what should you be marketing in your proposed new online business?

Ideally, you should market something that you have a keen interest in, this will keep you motivated. You can find out what people are searching for at adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal and here inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion/

*Step 2* Locate a great product

Once you have researched your target market, it is time to quickly locate your products or services. If you have your own product great, if not then there are plenty of options to sell, or resell other peoples products.

There are thousands of products you can find quickly. However, marketing and selling a really good product needs a little more attention (you could create your own but you want to get started fast, right?)

Next…locate your products You can choose to promote physical products or digital online products. Digital products cover many different areas of interest and are incredibly profitable. There are no delivery costs with digital download products they are a good choice to promote as most offer good margins.

Here are some prime resources for sourcing digital products:

1. paydotcom.com 2. clickbank.com 3. cj.com

Here are some prime sources for physical products:

1. doba.com 2. alibaba.com 3. worldwidebrands.com

There are other resources but the above sites are a great place to start for all types of fast selling digital download products.

*Step 3* Market to your target audience

Now you have researched your chosen market, and located great products you can sell, its time to reach out and grab those targeted individuals.

So how are you going to attract your hungry buyers at little or no cost?

You MUST reach your target market in a way that allows you still to make a good profit. There are many ways to achieve this (that is another book in itself) but Im going to show you the most cost effective way to market almost any product or service online. In fact it is so cost effective it wont cost you anything (just a little time set aside to complete it).

So what is this free method?

Articles. Yes article marketing is THE most powerful way to attract ready made buyers to your site for little or NO cost. You basically write something that is informative and of interest to readers of your target market, then submit your articles to directories to get them published.

Discover the Resources Especially Created for a Woman Entrepreneur

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Did you know there is a whole list of resources specifically created for women who want to start their own business? This means there is available help for anyone wanting to open a bakery, clothing store, or even a veterinarian office. Resources can be things such as mentors, women’s business organizations, loans, and grants. These have all been created to help a woman entrepreneur become successful in a sometimes difficult business world.

This means you need to have all of your business plans nailed down, especially before looking for financial help. The loan officer at the bank will want to know how money will be made, materials purchased, and how advertising will take place. They want you to succeed, but at the same time, they won’t loan money to just anyone – male or female.

At the beginning, if you are struggling to get your business off the ground, look for a business mentor who can go over your notes. They can tweak parts and provide suggestions, especially since they have already been in your place. Another suggestion is to apply for loans and grants especially designed to help a woman entrepreneur succeed in the business world.

There are several places where you can apply for loans and grants. One is the Small Business Association, as they often provide help to any business that has considerable potential. This means going through their list of funding opportunities and applying for the appropriate loans. There are also federal grants, specifically created to help a minority-owned company, which includes women. There are also women grants available.

Other options available for a woman entrepreneur is funding through private sector grants and loans or women’s business organizations. Make sure to research which opportunities fit your need the most. Then start making your dreams come true.

Want to know more about woman entrepreneur? Find insight, inspiration, and tips on how to make money doing what you love at this blog: womanzworld.com

Free and Easy Ways To Make Money Online

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If you want to make money online as a full-time career then you will have to invest in your future with online education from people who have been there, tools to help you succeed, and tools to make it easier on you. But if you just want to make some extra money online, in your own time, then there are free and easy ways to do just that.

Set up a blog – Blogs are popular, and if you have an interesting topic then you will find that people naturally find your blog and will want to read it often. You can set up a free blog online on many different platforms including blogger.com and blog.com. Then you can either add google adsense to your blog or promote products on your blog to make some extra cash. You get to talk about things you love and make money on the side – this is not only easy but it’s fun!

Write articles – If you have a knack for writing and some knowledge about various topics then you can write and sell your articles online. You can sign up with a company like constant-content.com, who will host your articles to sell, and who will pay you a percentage when your articles sell. Sign up is free, and they only take a small percentage when you sell your articles, because they are finding the buyers for you.

Recommend products to your friends and followers – If you are active on social media sites like facebook or twitter then you can promote products that you friends may like. First, sign up to become an affiliate at a place like clickbank.com. Then when you see a product that you think would add value to your friends or followers life you can promote that product using your special affiliate ID. If anyone buys the product from your recommendation you will earn a commission!

Signing up to become an affiliate is free at most places, and almost every company that you buy from online will allow you to promote their products. Just make sure you don’t hound your friends or followers with promotions, or you may lose them as friends and followers all together!

Remember that the more you blog, write, or recommend – the more money you can make online.

Lawn Care Marketing Ideas For The Entrepreneur

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Running a lawn care and maintenance business can be difficult when you are not equipped with the right knowledge and skills. Since this business can become seasonal especially in places where there is winter, business can get very depressing. But with enough wit, the right skills and strategies, it can’t be that bad after all.

Advertising your business is a fundamental rule of the thumb. It is where you get your sales and establish your customers. There are many lawn care marketing ideas that could help entrepreneurs out there. The difference comes in choosing the right platform and using it correctly.

Identify your customers

Who will steer your business to the top? The hundreds or even millions of home owners out there who realize the importance of having a well maintained lawn but just do not have the time to accomplish lawn care tasks. It could also be entrepreneurs, just like you, who have to regularly maintain or keep their lawns to attract more customers to go their establishments.

Who will you cater to? If you choose to serve home owners, you must become aware of their needs. Gather data on what lawn care services home owners often look for, based on this establish your services, invest in the necessary equipment or tools needed.

Get your services across

How will your reach out to these customers? There are conventional marketing strategies that still work and there are the modern strategies that will help you connect to the more conventional people of today.

For instance, building a website will make it easier for people to find you. You will not rely heavily on the chances of people finding you just because they happen to walk by the street where your shop is located. Through the internet, people can find you even at the comfort of their own homes.

Maximize your marketing strategies

When you employ certain marketing strategies, you should not end there. Find ways to fully benefit from it. If you decide to build a website, make sure it has everything it needs for people to want to click on it and hire your services. Make your site “responsive” so that when a potential customer uses his smart phone to browse for services, he’ll be able to get to your site.

When you advertise via a local newspaper, make sure to ask the publisher to place your ad in the business section of the paper in case that you cater to commercial establishments or properties for lawn care services.

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Stock Investment for Beginners

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Stock investment is a career, hobby or tool that is not easily accessible to everyone. It can be very risky and can cost you a lot of money if you don’t know anything about handling a portfolio and applying a working strategy in your investing activities. For the new investor, it is a business that will require a lot of skills and knowledge in order to be successful. Serious business it may be, but it certainly is one that will earn you a generous amount of money if you pursue it with the right information and smart decision-making.

Research the investment type that you want to trade –

It is necessary to learn more about the securities that you wish to invest in. As it can be a factor that can contribute to your success in the stock market, gaining valuable information regarding the investment types that you can pursue will be of great help in your undertaking as a novice in stock market dealings. With so many tools and resources available to you, both online and offline, there is no excuse for not doing proper research before you make any decisions. From guides, books, seminars, training courses, newsletters, reputable websites, audio courses, podcasts and much more, you have access to more information than ever to help you decide what type of investment is right for you.

Look for a working strategy that you can employ in trading –

Beginning stock investing requires careful evaluation of your options. You have to be certain that what you are doing is right and that it will help you reap the rewards of your undertaking. The easiest way to achieve this is to apply an investment strategy that you have cautiously analyzed.

A working strategy can be the key to the outcomes of your stock market transactions. You will be able to come up with one if you will take the time to research the market including all the factors that affect its movement. Though there is no certainty as to the markets predictability, knowledge about how it tends to vary depending on its various determinants shall help you employ the most applicable technique for your investments. With careful stuffy, you will be able to earn great returns with your stock market dealings.

Stock investment for beginners can be very lucrative, but you have to understand that it is not easy to take part in and should not be taken lightly. Before you jump in, don’t be afraid to get help from professionals, it may be a decision that saves you a load of money.