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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
Almost everyone is looking for ways that they can earn extra money. Who couldn’t use some additional cash? Many individuals are turning to the internet as a way to make that money and, unfortunately, many end up losing money instead.
The internet can and is a great way to make money, but you have to be careful. People are quickly discovering that while you can make money on the internet, there are thousands and thousands of online scams. Therefore, if you plan to look at any opportunity, you should keep a number of things in mind.
If a company is asking you to give them money, but are unwilling to explain in detail exactly what they are selling, and how it works, beware. Many companies online are not even based in the US or in North America, for that matter. They may take your money and send you nothing. Sadly, because these firms are not even on the same continent, you will have no recourses to get your money back.
Check into any company carefully. There are many new companies online that are legitimate, but many are “fly by night” operations. Once they have reached a certain number of people they simply close down, and you will never be able to locate them again.
Moreover, chances are they will re-open their swindle using a different company name and a different site.
When looking into a company check to find out how you can contact them. Do they have a phone number? Call the number and see if it works. Find out if they have a mailing address as most legit companies will have an actual address.
Another safeguard that you might want to do is to go to different online forums and see if you can discover any complaints against the organization. You should even contact the Better Business Bureau and see if the company you want to learn about has any feedback of a positive or negative nature.
Additionally, you should also try to use a PayPal type service or similar mediator. That way if there is any kind of problem you will have some kind of recourse to getting your money back. However, never give out your credit card information to an online company that you have not thoroughly investigated. There is a chance that if you do, you might get burned.
Finally, beware of the pyramid scam. Although this kind of business is illegal, they are cropping up all over the internet. You can usually detect a pyramid scheme by the fact that the company never really explains what it is that they actually do. They talk about sales, but they do not tell you what it is that they are selling.
With any kind of online business or offer, you have to be cautious. If it sounds too good, or if you are harboring any doubts, do more investigating. Foremost, be safe and beware.
Equipment leasing has become a better advantage with everyone of us. With technology advancement in every field, it has got hold of medical community too. Medical equipment can be so expensive and out of date in a matter of a few years that everyone is opting for medical equipment finance these days. Cash flow and patient care are the two major concerns on the mind of people who are into this business. It is a very sensible thing for hospitals and private physicians to do to keep up with the technology and provide their patients with the best health care.
You have option to buy the equipment anytime during the lease or even at the end of the leasing term. In this way you can know whether the equipment will be beneficial for you in the coming years before you make a huge cash investment. The biggest advantage is that you are able to keep the state- of -art. This ensures optimum patient care and improves profit. If you had the right medical equipment finance, you would earn quite a bit of revenue as your patients will be getting better equipped facilities and the diagnostic tools at their disposal for tests. What more you can expect when your obsolete equipment is replaced with a newer one with latest technology. Moreover, you are not stuck with an instrument that you cannot use any more or even resell.
You can acquire sonogram, endoscope, ultrasound equipment,surgery tools, oxygen tanks, optometry equipment, orthopedic equipment,medical beds, oxygen machines, wheel chairs, x-ray film processing equipment and so on easily with the help of a reliable equipment leasing company. When it comes to big hospitals or health care institutes, medical accounting equipment becomes essential for handling accounts receivable, payable and with other accounting roles too. It is indispensable for big health care institutes and seeking the help of financing company to acquire this equipment is necessary.
Typical lease terms are for 6 months to five years. And it is best if your cash is strapped or you want to conserve your cash for business. This will enable you to obtain the needed piece of equipment without a major cash outlay.
Markets often move remarkably quickly and this volatility especially in uncertain times can leave fresh traders with massive losses. There’s of course an admirable alternative in the form of financial fixed odds trading and more especially products like binary bets and binary options.
Even though they are moderately new to the world of trading they are now becoming recognized as a real and viable alternative to derivative products like spread betting and futures and below are a few key reasons why.
First of all products for example spread-betting or futures are potentially open to unlimited losses, hence the necessity for stoplosses. The trouble with this is that in volatile, or even fairly moderately moving markets, if your stop is hit your trade ends often with a significant loss. You will not want to put your stop too near to the current market action or too far away which is often a very complicated balance to hit.
With binary bets / binary options you don’t need to bother with stoplosses at all. Binary trading products care for any volatility as the total you earn or lose is known from the outset of the trade and cannot change. Yes let’s simply repeat that, it doesn’t matter how much the markets move against you as you can only lose the agreed amount.
Secondly binary bets and binary options need a much smaller account size, often a fraction of a leveraged account like a spread betting or futures account.
Thirdly these products can be applied to several leading world indices over time periods preferred by the trader. So a binary bet / binary option can be placed for a single day, a week or longer with indices such as the: FTSE 100, Dow Jones, Hang Seng, Australian Index to name just a few. They can similarly be applied to Forex, Commodity and Share markets. This makes them very versatile.
Finally binary trading products enable you trade per point like spread-betting and futures but without the higher risk as mentioned before.
If financial fixed odds trading and more especially binary bets and or binary options are something you wish to learn more about then please visit Elmtrader who provide learning and system products covering financial fixed odds products.
Although many are not familiar with the term financial infidelity, it has increasingly become a problem in many households across America. So what exactly is financial infidelity? Financial Infidelity occurs when one person in a committed relationship spends or hides money without disclosing it to their partner.
Like sexual infidelity, financial infidelity can destroy one’s marriage. Money problems are known to be one of the leading contributors to divorce. Financial infidelity happens to be at the top of the list of money problems that lead to divorce. Shockingly, Jennifer Brand, a family law specialist in Philadelphia, stated -I see more cases of divorce caused by financial infidelity than I do from sexual infidelity.-
So how many people out there are actually lying to their spouses about money? The numbers are surprisingly high. In a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive, the following results were revealed:
Approximately 1 out of 3 people admit to lying to their partners about finances
One in Four people state that their partners have withheld financial information
Three out of Four people surveyed stated that they fight at least occasionally about money
One in Four adults believe that financial infidelity is worse than sexual infidelity
96% of the group surveyed reported that it is both partners’ responsibility to be completely honest about financial issues.
The results indicate that financial infidelity is a serious problem. As one can imagine, any form of dishonesty in a relationship can lead to serious trust issues. Those trust issues can ultimately break down the emotional connection needed to make a relationship last. The reality is that the effects of financial infidelity on a relationship are no different and oftentimes worse than sexual infidelity. If you are having a problem with being completely honest around your finances with your partner or are having problems getting over financial infidelity in your relationship, you should consider working with a financial therapist.
Nikiya Spence is a licensed psychotherapist, certified money coach, and speaker. Nikiya specializes in helping individuals and couples transform their relationship with money. Visit her website at www.solutionsoflife.com or call 770-638-7145 for a free 30-minute no obligation consultation.
There is still skepticism of online banking because of security and the skepticism is legitimate. Some banks have failed to keep their customer information safe. There are instances where massive debit card numbers have been stolen making one wonder how secure the online banking really is. There are also issues of key-loggers and malicious software that literally steal the information you type into your computer making it easy to break into your account and do things with your money that you never approved of. However, there is a technology that could help solve most of these issues on the user side.
There is a device called an authenticator that could be an extra layer of protection for the customer. How this works is when logging into the bank account the customer would need their login, their password, and the number from the authenticator device. This small device that can go on a keychain has a button pressed to give a number. That number is only valid for a minute. That becomes like the second password in order to log in. After a minute that number is never valid again.
This means that if someone wants to log into your account they have to literally steal this device from you and know your name and password to that account. This gives you physical control over access to your online account. If this is utilized by you, then it gives your banking account just one extra step of protection that you will need. Then spyware and key-loggers, even if getting part of the login, won’t be able to get into your account since you hold the physical piece.
The costs of these devices are fairly cheap most of the time coming well under $15 to the end user. If you want to bank online but are still skeptical of security, shop around for a bank that is serious about customer safety and offer authenticators for online banking.
Money laundering is referred as to make to proceeds of the crime appear respectable. The whole world is now taking serious actions against money laundering.
In United Kingdom, the parliament has passed money laundering act. This act has been influenced on different parliament acts. These are:
Drugs Trafficking offences Act 1986
Criminal Justice Act 1993
Terrorism Act 2000
Anti Terrorism Crime Security Act 2001
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
Money laundering is based on different crimes. It is just the end form of different crimes. Some criminal offences are mentioned below which are included in Proceeds of crime Act:
Laundering: Acquisition, possession or use of the proceeds of crime
Failure to report: If somebody fails to disclose knowledge or suspicion of money laundering then he will be liable for crime.
Tipping off: Somebody who disclose information to any person who is involved in some crime then he is also liable and contributor in crime.
For example a bank manager who see any illegal transaction then he should declare this information to money laundering reporting officer, before the transaction took place or right after the transaction. Otherwise he will be investigated and failure to disclose will lead him to crime.
There are three major phases in money laundering which are mentioned below:
Change the initial disposal of the illegal activity into legal business activity.
It means to put different layers to hide the original proceedings.
After placement and putting different layers, the money has the appearance of legal funds.
Accountants can play a vital role in reducing the chances of money laundering. They have to be very careful while preparing accounts of company because accountants are liable to disclose any illegal activity inside the company. Now accountants have to be followed many regulations which are set by IASB. It is mentioned in these regulations that accountants will be asked of any suspected transaction.
If somebody has been involved in the above offences then he may have to face serious penalties. The British Law sets out the following penalties in relation to money laundering:
1. Person who is directly related to money laundering can be penalized 14 years imprisonment and/or fine.
2. A person who is responsible for failure to report information may be given 5 years imprisonment.
3. 5 years imprisonment is given for tipping off a suspected launderer; it means suspected launderer must not be alerted.
Manifesting money is easy once you’ve fallen in love with it.
Most people do not love their finances, because it’s in a negative state. Fall in love with money. Be clear about the amount of moolah you want to manifest. State it and mean it! It should not be how much you can earn, but how much you want to receive.
Money is magnetic energy. You are a magnet that attracts all things via the signal you emit through your thoughts and feelings. To become a powerful magnet of prosperity, fall in love with money and believe that you have what it takes to attract it.
Why People Hate Money
1. They don’t have enough of it
2. It’s hard to find and make
3. It’s associated as the source of all evil
4. The belief that they can’t be rich
5. The belief that it’s the only source of happiness
Most people are attracted to things they love; the same is true with loot. If you want to manifest riches, the first step is to fall in love with it.
You may be thinking “Isn’t it true most people have very little or no funds at all?” If this is your BS (Belief System) this is the reason, why you haven’t fallen in love with money. You believe it’s not easily available to you.
There are people who mistreat, behave and talk bad about those who have large sums of dough in their possession. In doing so, the Law of Attraction is reversed and works against them causing them to lose out.
There is another group of people who associate this currency with evil. They believe wealth is the source of all evil and thus end up hating it. While there are others who even go to the extent of killing for cash.
How to Fall In Love with Money
1. Be clear about the amount you want to manifest
2. Believe that you have what it takes to attract it
3. Know it’s needed to live a fulfilling life
4. Understand that it’s a good thing
5. Remember there’s an unlimited amount available to you
There are those who say that money is not everything nor is it the only source of happiness. However, it is not possible to accomplish or own anything without currency.
Money is used to accomplish a lot of things both good and bad; therefore it is upon you to decide what you intent to do with it once you have it.
Most people limit themselves as far as how much capital they would like to have. It should not always be about how much you can make but rather how much you want. And there is no limit to what you can achieve as long as you know how to manifest money.
In India, there are basically two types of banks-public and private. It is true that public banks come with their own share of merits. For instance, there are higher openings in public banks and the job is much more secure. The process of recruitment is also simple and not much challenging. Plus, it certainly gives the backward community a chance to gain recognition and status. However, private banking jobs come with their own set of advantages. More and more people these days are looking for jobs in a private bank. This is truer for the urban class and the educated community who are showing preference to jobs in private sector over jobs in public sector.
Here are some of the basic advantages that a private bank offers:
Better salary: The modern man is running after money. And its an undeniable fact that a private bank offers its employees a much better salary than a public bank. This is the chief reason why more and more people are hunting for jobs in private banks. In contrast, even though public banks give higher security, the salary is much lower. On the downside, there are very few vacancies in private banks. So, once you get a chance to sit for an exam or appear for an interview, you need to grab the opportunity with both hands and make sure that you are thoroughly prepared. Remember that more than your qualification, it is your confidence level and personality that matters.
Higher growth prospect: One of the chief complaints of people working in public banks is that they do not climb the ladder very fast. The growth prospect in a public bank is comparatively lower. On the other hand, in a private bank, a talented candidate can quickly make higher progress. Talent surely gets rewarded when you are working in a private bank. Higher wages and better positions await you there.
Fair treatment to all: Private banking jobs also do not suffer from the problem of quota system. Fair treatment and equal opportunity are proffered to every candidate. Thus, talent scores over caste distinction and this is where better candidates do not have to return disappointed.
Here is a simple technique you can use to make money posting links from home. There are tons of places that I use to place links. The more places you promote your links the more income potential you have. I like to look at it as passive income.
Place your links all over the web through the avenues I mention below to start making money posting your links. To get started I recommend you set up a free account at Linkbucks or any link paying company. Go here to get more info on how to do this.
So once you have your links set and ready where can you place them to start getting clicks?
Forums & Message boards “” Placing your links in forums and message boards are great places for your link promotion. There are tons of forums online where you can get exposure for your links. The clicks you can receive are amazing, You just have to place your links in the right place.
Social Networks “” Social Networks are great places for link promotion. Places like Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin are all good avenues to receive clicks. You can achieve a good amount of clicks just by posting on your status or in groups.
Article Marketing – If you write a lot of articles you can post your links into articles and submit them to article directories. The trick is to submit them to high page rank engines, thus bringing you more clicks.
Email Marketing “” The quickest way to start getting clicks is to send everyone on your list a email message with one of your links. You can also place links in your signature in emails and forums to get even more potential clicks.
Be creative when on your link promotion campaign and watch the sales roll in. Try these avenues and see how they work out for you. The good thing about it you will be getting clicks for years to come. That”s awesome income potential.
For more info on making money posting links check out:
Simple Money Making Method Posting Links To Your Music
How To Make Money Posting Links To Your Music
Best of luck