• April 29, 2017 /  Trade & Franchise
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    There are many factors in determining what the best franchise opportunities are today. It would be easy to say it depends on the potential franchise owner and you’d be right. However, from a business perspective, it’s crucial to look at all the positives and negatives of typical franchises to see which ones have more positive attributes than negative attributes.

    First let’s look at the positives in franchise opportunities. Franchises are successful because they have proven systems that work therefore business owners don’t have to go and ‘reinvent the wheel’. The best franchise opportunities usually have very strong name brands that are well established along with a streamlined training system that when followed will usually produce success. More positives include having pre-established relationships with vendors and suppliers, clear cut marketing initiatives and somewhat of a quick time to get up and running.

    On the other side, owning a franchise has a few limitations. For the most part, you are NOT allowed to modify your pricing, promotions, advertising, processes, etc. You are somewhat limited in your creativity which can be a good thing or a bad thing. You will most likely have territory restrictions, royalties that you have to pay on gross sales, you have to contribute to an advertising campaign and sometimes you have to open your store where the company says.

    Furthermore, to become a franchise owner you usually have to have good credit, a considerable net worth and you must receive approval from the company to own a franchise. That kind of sucks because someone has to ‘approve’ you to be an entrepreneur. Finally, most franchise will NOT make you wealthy by only owning 1 franchise. It usually requires owning multiple franchise because they just aren’t scalable.

    The best franchise opportunities today are really defined by 2 main factors. The first one is choosing a franchise that is in 100% alignment with your values and something that you’re really passionate about. No matter how many ‘positives’ or ‘negatives’ your franchise might have, if you’re not 100% passionate about the business, industry, products or services, you’re not going to be very successful because you’re just not that into it.

    The second main factor involves having a lot more positives in the franchise model meaning that some of the traditional business bad things don’t exist. In today’s economy, online franchises really have a lot of benefits and positives without the traditional headaches or traditional pitfalls of owning a franchise.

    When determining the best franchise opportunities for you and your family, always do your due diligence, never leave any stone unturned and make the best decision based on what’s aligned with your goals and values and what you’re 100% passionate about.

  • April 26, 2017 /  Small Business
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    Small businesses are often beaten out by larger competitors because the bigger business has better practices than the small ones do. The good news is that there are many of the business best practices that are used by big companies that can be translated for small businesses.

    These business best practices are some of the best kept secrets and will in the long run make a business more successful. Here are a few ways you can use these business practices to fit your small business.

    One: Borrowing ideas from other companies is one business practice you can use in your small business. This is known as best practice benchmarking and it can lead to vast improvements in your business structure if it is done the right way.

    Most small businesses have a tighter budget than the big businesses do so the business practices that you learn can save money and can be even more beneficial to you than it would be for the big business. When you emulate another business and how they cut costs, you will be able to do the same thing they have done in a much shorter time period.

    Two: You have to have a clear understanding of business methods if you are going to borrow their business practices. You need to do some heavy research and ask questions. This will help you figure out how others were able to get the job done to get them to their goals.

    This is imperative if you are going to have success using these practices with your small business. One helpful way to find out the information you need is to send surveys to businesses that are successful in the business field you are looking at.

    Three: Once you have studied the business best practices and you know how that business uses them, you will need to translate them to fit your small business. Before they will work for your business t want business practice you can use in your small business is borrowing ideas from other companies here may be some crucial modifications that need to be made.

    Four: One business practice that is imperative to the success of any business of any size is to have good communication in your business. This means that you need to communicate on a regular basis with your employees.

    You have to do this to make sure that everyone is on the same page business wise. Otherwise, you may find problems cropping up that you will have to deal with.

    Emulating business best practices is fine but you want to make sure that you don’t steal their practices outright. Always do your research and use the business practices that you can modify to fit your small business. Don’t do anything to get your business in trouble in the future.

  • April 24, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    There are lots of terms in the real estate world. Some of the terms are often confused with one another and it becomes difficult for the common people to distinguish one term from the other. Foreclosures, bank owned properties, short sales etc are some of those terms which need to be cleared for the common public. There is a confusion regarding bank owned properties and foreclosures. Some people think they are the same, but in reality there is a difference between them. A major distinction among them is the way in which these properties are sold.

    Individuals who take loan of a certain amount of money and keep their homes as mortgages are subject to this type of real estate terms. Whenever an individual is unable to pay their loan, the lenders take up the property of the borrower and foreclose it. An auction is held for people to bid and win that property. If any person buys the property then it gets sold to him/her. If nobody buys that property then the mortgage ceases and the property becomes a bank owned property.

    In case of negotiations, bank owned properties are always on the lookout for selling the properties in the same condition as they were from the time of auction. In case of foreclosures this is not the case. Thus while buying a bank owned property it is essential to keep a watch on the price as well as to get the repair work within the said price. In case of bidding for the foreclosures, a minimum bid which covers all the interest, principal amount as well as the extra expenses is to be made by the bidder. The bidder with the highest amount gets to buy the property.

    When the question of legal matters arises, it is essential to get the property checked thoroughly by experienced real estate attorney. The role of the attorney is to check the documents related to the foreclosure. Bank owned properties are targeted to be sold quickly as the banks are already over laden with inventory. Generally purchases of foreclosures are more risky than the bank owned properties. In case of bank owned properties the buyer gets to sign an agreement and have eventualities but in case of foreclosures, there are no such eventualities. Foreclosure sales are more fruitful for investors rather than home buyers. Thus in case of buyers, it is better to get all the information before getting into the bidding.

  • April 24, 2017 /  Insurance & Tax
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    Insurance firms are very important in the modern world. They are the only guarantors that you will have a better tomorrow if disaster should strike. Financial institutions cannot assure you of this. There are many types of insurance firms around Fort Myers, FL.

    Policies provided by a company offering Insurance in Fort Myers, FL include: 1. Auto insurance policy. After your home, the next major investment in your life is your car. It is not only an asset, but sometimes holds sentimental value. You will need to insure your vehicle to assure you provide repairs or replacement in the event of an accident. Consult with an insurance firm that offers this type policy, and the agents will guide you on the coverage you need considering your driving habits. Ensure that the premiums are affordable and that all vehicles you own can be insured under your policy.

    2. You should also consider insuring your property for protection against fire and vandalism that may destroy your assets. These include all valuables that are in your house and that could get damaged in case of a natural disaster. Consider insurance firms that will cover all your personal valuables. This can include a renter’s insurance policy, condo insurance, home insurance, water backup, and wind/hurricane insurance among others.

    3. Acquire an insurance policy for your business. In case of a disaster, you could lose all your property and investments. Ensure that you are on the safe side by purchasing an insurance policy that offers this type of coverage. Consult with firms that can insure any type of business. Insurance plans include those of property insurance, workers compensation, professional liability, general liability and contractor’s insurance for all professionals.

    4. Insurance in Fort Myers, FL providers also offer flood insurance policies. Floods can occur any time. Despite the improved methods developed to combat floods, you are not guaranteed that you will not be a victim of such a situation. Ensure that you are safe by acquiring this policy from a firm near you. This plan is applicable for your home, business, mobile homes and condos among others. Floods are generally not covered under other policies, so it is important to purchase a separate flood policy.

    Tropical Insurance Of Bonita Springs offers an array of policies to cover any situation that may come your way. Ask for advice from their professional staff if you are unsure of the type or amount of coverage you need.

    Whether you are looking for an insurance company for auto insurance, home insurance, or business insurance, Visit Tropical Insurance of Bonita Springs for professional service and insurance products at competitive rates.

  • April 23, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    With the way the economy is today, and how most college funding sources are cutting back. Its essential, to think outside of the box and find out how to get free money for school. And if you can do it fast, without credit checks or high interest loans the better.

    Before I give you the tactic to use to find funding for your school, let me let you in on a big tip to finding the money you need today.

    Most financial aid counselors, teachers and parents mean well when they tell you to apply for Fasfa and government aid. But in reality, they have no clue about how things work anymore.

    These traditional resources used to work, 10 to 20yrs ago but today they are overwhelmed with all the people entering school and older people going back to school.

    This makes it impossible for you to get the money you need, and it leaves you to resorting to getting school loans that leave graduates in debt for an average of 30 to 40yrs.Not Good!

    If you are just willing to think different and learn how to get free money for school, from non-traditional sources you would be way better of!

    Here is one very effective way you can use this week, to get the college funding you need fast

    Im talking about online funding giveaways and contests. Now, before you start forming your own opinion, hear me out

    These are nothing like lotteries or empty promise companies, that charge you just to enter for a chance to win something.

    There are tons of websites all over the place that offer money for school, that you register to win. What you end up doing is filling out surveys on how you think, how you spend your time online, what mosts interests you online and what are your top visited websites.

    They then take this information and sell it to third parties for market research. This helps them structure their advertising and products. So you buy more.

    In turn, they pay a fee to the website that sold them the information. This is how they can provide money for your school funding for free.

    Very simple, but most students just don’t have the know-how to think outside of what everybody is telling them to do.

  • April 23, 2017 /  Finance & Investment
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    Here is a short summary of the MSc International Banking and Financial Studies masters degree course offered by the Management School at the University of Southampton to help would-be students to decide whether it is the course for them.

    This International Banking and Financial Studies masters course aims to develop students’ existing skills through advanced study in the areas of banking and finance, with a particular emphasis on the international context in which these activities occur.

    The International Banking and Financial Studies masters programme gives you a coherent theoretical framework for the various subject areas, although the emphasis throughout is on the practical application of financial techniques in the modern financial services environment.

    Southampton Management School has an excellent international reputation for the analytical study of management and business. Studying the MSc International Banking and Financial Studies masters programme will introduce you to new concepts and knowledge, which can make all the difference in the job market.

    At the Management School, all our degrees are taught by research-active academics who are also directly tackling business challenges outside the seminar room and putting theory into practice every day.

    The International Banking and Financial Studies masters degree course is led by Dr. Gerhard Kling, who is a senior lecturer in Finance at the University of Southamptons Management School.

    Gerhard received his PhD in Economics from the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and joined Utrecht University (The Netherlands) as Assistant Professor of Finance and Financial Markets (2004-2006).

    In 2006, he went into the private sector and worked as Practice Specialist in Corporate Finance & Banking (McKinsey & Company, Germany) (2006-2007). Then he returned into academia and joined Bristol Business School (UWE, UK) as Senior Lecturer in Strategy (2007-2009).

    In 2009, Gerhard was promoted to a Principal Lecturer in Strategy and Operations Management (2009-2010). On 1st October 2010 he joined the University of Southampton as a Senior Lecturer in Finance.
    Southampton Management School has an excellent international reputation for the analytical study of management and business. Studying an MSc Management masters degree, or other postgraduate option, will introduce you to new concepts and knowledge, which can make all the difference in the job market.
    All our degrees are taught by research-active academics who are also directly tackling business challenges outside the seminar room and put theory into practice every day.

    To find out more about this International Banking and Financial Studies masters degree go to www.southampton.ac.uk/management

  • April 22, 2017 /  Finance & Investment
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    So you just got a new Mac huh? And now you’re trying to figure out how to make the transition from life as a Windows user to a new operating system. Finding the right personal finance software can be a challenge. If you were using Quicken on your old Windows computer, you’ve probably heard that there is a version of Quicken just for the Macintosh computer. Unfortunately, many of the features found in Windows Quicken. Also, using an emulator (letting you run Windows applications on a Mac) can get complicated and is prone to its own set of problems. So now what to do?
    I suggest looking into Liquid Ledger. This personal finance software solution comes with a robust set of features which can help you track your money down to the last cent. The goal of any good money application is to let you see what you’re spending and what you’re bringing in. Once you determine this, you can make wiser choices about how to budget your money. Here are some features that Liquid Ledger offers:
    * The program saves you time and energy by allowing you to automatically schedule regularly occurring payments. The software will alert you when the payment is due, keeping you from having to remember all those bills. You also have the peace of mind that forgetting a payment is a thing of the past.
    * Create a budget, then compare how much you planned to spend against how much you actually spent. This lets you see your situation all during the month and find out why the money always seems to disappear.
    * Liquid Ledger lets you create powerful reports that let you determine your net worth.
    * If you’re a programmer (or even if you’re not), you can use AppleScript to automatically perform repetitive tasks within the program, saving you even more time!
    * Travel a lot? Need an application that lets you go back and forth between different currencies? No problem! Liquid Ledger seamlessly transfers funds from one account to another in any number of currencies.
    * Liquid Ledger uses bank jargon you’re already familiar with as a customer. This means you won’t be left scratching your head wondering what this or that means.
    * You can print your own checks…how cool is that! As long as you have either a laser-jet printer or inkjet printer, you can use the drag-and-drop GUI to create custom templates.
    * No need to enter data over again from your old OS-you can import (and export) account information in QIF, CSV, and OFX formats.
    Using Liquid Ledger, you can track transactions, keep up with investments, and balance your checkbook, all inside a straightforward user interface that’s a snap to learn. So if you’re making the switch from Windows to Mac, you owe it to yourself to take a look at Liquid Ledger for your personal finance software needs.

  • April 22, 2017 /  Finance & Investment
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    A whole life insurance investment is a relatively simple concept. You will be presented with a product that has a set premium and you will be paid the agreed upon amount of the death benefit at the end of the policy holders life. You will also have an investment component included in the policy. All money you contribute over and above the premium will be placed into a cash value account which is then invested on your behalf by the insurer.

    Apart from providing you with cash value account and a guaranteed death benefit to leave to your heirs a whole life investment has some other features as well. You have the option to borrow against the cash value your policy or fully withdraw an amount if you have an emergency need for the funds available during the life of the policy.

    The theory behind a whole life policy is that it will pay out set death benefit and a cash value to your beneficiaries all while you are guaranteed a set, unchanging premium for the life of the policy. It does more than this, though, when you consider the fact that all the money is tax free and/or tax deferred.

    Because of this tax free feature you will have the ability to make a portfolio that can achieve a number of goals that you otherwise may not be able to. You can actually use the whole life policy to secure a smooth succession in the case of a family owned business or to protect your other assets.

    You may be met with derision about your interest in a whole life insurance investment by detractors who say that it isnt a real investment because it isnt run like ones stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. While it may not grow that fast, it has the potential to a much safer long term investment since it is done in a safer manner that is designed to ensure your money keeps growing despite market ups and downs.

    A whole life insurance investment policy is generally seen as a “savings asset” as opposed to an “investment asset” because your money is saved and grown in a much less aggressive fashion than regular stocks and bonds. With a whole life insurance policy your additional money will be placed into a savings account where it will accrue interest. You dont have to invest the money within this savings account, but you can do so if you wish to. The savings account on its own, though, will become a huge asset over time.

  • April 20, 2017 /  Insurance & Tax
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    Life insurance fraud refers to illegal acts committed by those buying or selling life insurance policies. In-vestopedia defines five different types of buyer life insurance fraud, from accidental suicides to falsifying medical records. Find out more and learn about two of the more famous cases of life insurance fraud.

    Types of life insurance buyer fraud

    Post-dated life insurance: a policy that is purchased after the death of the insured person but appears to have been issued before their death.

    False medical history:Withholding information about existing medical conditions, whether or not you smoke etc constitutes one of the most common types of fraud. Coming clean with your provider might mean that your premiums are more expensive but this cannot outweigh the risk of reduced or rejected claims. It is not uncommon for unscrupulous doctors to falsify medical records on behalf of buyers.

    Murder for proceeds: In this instance the insured person (spouse, business partner etc) is murdered for their life insurance cover or a policy is taken out in somebodys name without their knowledge and they are subsequently murdered for the life cover payout.

    Lack of insurable interest: Insurable interest stipulates that in order to buy a life insurance policy in somebodys name you have to be able to prove that that persons death would cause you financial distress.

    Suicidal accidents: This occurs when a person commits suicide but tries to make it look like an accident in order to ensure that their family can claim their life insurance cover.

    Faking death or disability:It is not unheard of for someone to fake either death or disability to claim insur-ance payouts for themselves or their families. People have also created fake identities which have been killed or died with the family claiming life insurance payouts.

    Famous cases of life insurance fraud
    John Darwin, a British teacher and prison officer died in a canoeing accident in 2002 but was discovered alive and well and arrested five years later. His wife, who had claimed his life insurance payout, said he had been secretly living in their house and the house next door. Both were sentenced to over six years in prison.

    In 2008 Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt were convicted of the murders of two homeless men, Paul Vados in 1999 and Kenneth McDavid in 2005. Both murders were staged as hit and run accidents. Multimillion dollar life insurance policies had been taken out on the men by Golay and Rutterschmidt.

  • April 20, 2017 /  Trade & Franchise
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    Trade shows may inspire yawns and sighs of boredom. But, for many, it is something to look forward to. For those putting up a booth, it is a chance to show their wares to the world- or those visiting, and to perhaps connect with others in the industry. For visitors and spectators, it is a chance to learn something new about a certain industry. But, the one thing that everybody agrees on is the appearance of the trade show displays.

    When you have trade booth, you need to able to stand out from among the crowd. You need to be the one drawing in the crowd and keeping them there. Some trade show displays clearly spell out the creativity of those putting it up. But, there are some that leave absolutely no impression on people. People’s eyes skip right over these booths. That’s why, trade show displays need you to bring it and be creative.

    Here are a few tips to make sure that people enter your booth and actually pay attention to what you have:

    I.Open Booths: Many believe that people are more receptive to open booths. Open booths basically have just one wall or perhaps no wall at all. If you have enough space, go for it. It’ll let people see your exhibits and your sign clearly. Speaking of-

    II.Great Signage: You’d think this might be a little obvious- after all, its purpose is to tell people what you’re exhibiting plus what the name of your company is. But, there are so many trade show displays with tiny signs placed where people can practically not sight it all. Make sure your signage is poppin,’ and that it has all the necessary details you want to convey- like the contact details.

    III.Promo Items and Raffles: This is one way to make an impression. Having raffles and giving away promo items. Try to get creative with this. Serve a cup of coffee, invite people in and then hit them with the raffle thing. Make sure that you announce the winners as soon as possible. This way, your visitors will remember you.

    IV.Business Cards: Have you seen Lego’s business cards? They’re pretty awesome. You can try having something that connects your business/products to your business cards. This way, people are likely to save your card, even if it is just because they like looking at them.

    So that’s it, folks! Just follow these four tips, bend them to suit you and your business and you have a great trade show display.

    Looking for great trade show displays? Visit IndyDisplays and check out our varied collection. To read more about trade show displays, visit Wikipedia.