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

Loan Modification Alert Countrywide tightens Loan Modification

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Home Loan Modification allows defaulting borrowers to work out new terms with Countrywide, so that they can avoid foreclosure and stay on track. Countrywide began offering the service through their Home Retention Department at the height of last year’s real estate bubble. However, due to the volume of requests coming in, many cases were delayed and resulted in foreclosure. The company hit an all-time low in 2008 and was recently bought out by the Bank of America.

In line with the change, the Loan Modification Department of the Law Offices of Marc R. Tow is also taking measures to protect its clients. The firm, one of the leading loan modification services in the country, will only negotiate modifications with Countrywide for clients with viable cases and those who are in serious financial trouble. Changes are also expected in national Loan Modification policies. While loan modification is still open to borrowers not in default, new laws may soon limit the service only to those in bankruptcy or serious delinquency. This will allow lenders and loan modification companies to focus their attention to clients who are most in need. The firm will continue to help clients with loans serviced by other companies. Besides loan modification, the Law Offices of Marc R. Tow also offers assistance with loss mitigation alternatives such as short sales.”>Homeowners hoping to get a loan modification with Countrywide may want to rethink their options. Countrywide Financial, best known for excessive lending practices that led to widespread defaults, now has so much bad debt on its books that it may have to tighten up its loan modification service.

Home Loan Modification allows defaulting borrowers to work out new terms with Countrywide, so that they can avoid foreclosure and stay on track. Countrywide began offering the service through their Home Retention Department at the height of last year’s real estate bubble. However, due to the volume of requests coming in, many cases were delayed and resulted in foreclosure. The company hit an all-time low in 2008 and was recently bought out by the Bank of America.

In line with the change, the Loan Modification Department of the Law Offices of Marc R. Tow is also taking measures to protect its clients. The firm, one of the leading loan modification services in the country, will only negotiate modifications with Countrywide for clients with viable cases and those who are in serious financial trouble. Changes are also expected in national Loan Modification policies. While loan modification is still open to borrowers not in default, new laws may soon limit the service only to those in bankruptcy or serious delinquency. This will allow lenders and loan modification companies to focus their attention to clients who are most in need. The firm will continue to help clients with loans serviced by other companies. Besides loan modification, the Law Offices of Marc R. Tow also offers assistance with loss mitigation alternatives such as short sales.

Tips For Individuals Who Want To Borrow From Private Money Lenders

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If you are one of those who are looking for private money lenders, this could be an indication that you have just fallen into a financial emergency. This happens to almost anybody not only in the United States but all across the world. To date, the fact remains that there is a very small percentage of the society that does not run out of money but a big part of the population needs options just in case they do.

For some of us, borrowing money from family members is not an option so is borrowing through credit cards either because you have reached your credit limit or you have a bad credit. This is where private money lenders come in. Individuals who have gotten into an unexpected expense but do not have the cash at this moment are the most common borrowers of private money loans. Private money lenders offer short term loans to people who have had a hard time borrowing money from banks or other traditional lenders.

If you need to borrow financing from private money lenders, collect personal data that may be relevant to your search for lenders. Gather all important papers in advance. Oftentimes, you will need to present a proof of income and other financial documents including bank statements in advance. You can search for lenders online. You can find them listed in the investment bank section of your Yellow Pages. You may also look for names on the Internet. Asking contacts from banks or credit unions will also be helpful. These financial institutions will be able to assist you in finding lenders in your local area.

Once you find a private money lender, be prepared to explain you situation. Ask for a loan application form and fill it out. Be honest with any information that you put in your application. Lenders will have their ways of finding out whether or not you are telling the truth. Always ask for a timeline so that you will have an idea as to when to expect feedback.

If you are borrowing private money loans to finance your real estate investment, prepare exit strategies that you can use as fallback. For instance, you can sell the house after two years. You may also choose to apply for refinancing. Finding private money lenders is not as difficult as what most of us think. Maximize your resources and you are sure to find one who can help you with your needs. For a list of lenders in your area, go to www.rehabhardmoney.com.

Sexy Ideas for Home Based Business Entrepreneur Start Up

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Any business, no matter how big or how small, starts out with an idea. The ideas were non-tangible things that entrepreneurs started up into real live businesses. Similarly, home based business entrepreneurs need ideas to start up. Perhaps you can take these ideas and turn them into money making businesses? Anyone with a computer, the internet, and a pulse can make them happen.

Idea #1: Start up a home based business by selling things on E-bay. Research what is selling on E-bay and get involved in that niche by buying wholesale and selling for profit. Learn the tips and tricks of how to effectively sell on E-bay and how to maximize your profits.

Idea #2: Find out about a topic that people want information on and would pay for that kind of information. Write an e-book or a report that contains the information that the people are looking for, and then sell it.

Idea #3: Buy or otherwise obtain private label rights products/articles/books/etc. You can do whatever you please with these. You can rewrite the books to your own taste and resell it for 100% profit. If you have a lot of PLR articles about a certain topic, you could compile those into a book for reselling.

Idea #4: Start up your own online store. More and more people are buying things online, so you could cash in on this. What exactly would you like to sell and to who would you sell it to?

Idea #5: Build websites for other people. Some people are too afraid to learn programming with HTML, no matter how many books they read or how many courses they take. You might have experience with websites or you can learn HTML from free resources. I know someone who got paid $75 for designing just one site, so there’s money to be made in this field.

Idea #6: Another home based business for an entrepreneur to start up is a service-based business. Perhaps you know how to get a complete idiot’s site to the top 10 search engine rankings for a certain keyword. There are people will pay money for that, you just have to put your business in front of them. Perhaps you can give consulting services in a certain area, or can do other services that people outsource. What other services can you think of that you can provide for money?

Idea #7: This is a popular one: join an affiliate program, and and get into the business of affiliate marketing. You promote products from these affiliate programs, and get paid commissions when you refer sales and sign-ups. If you can’t create your own product or service you should look into this.

These are seven great ideas for entrepreneur start up. But these are just a tiny sample as to what kinds of ideas are available to be turned into home based businesses. Use one of these ideas, or come up with your own, and start your own business.

Essential Points To Keep In Mind While Preparing For Bank As Well As Ibps Recruitment 2013

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In a bank job, a person needs to deal with transaction of large amounts of money, which does not belong to him, so the person needs to have qualities like honesty and sincerity. A candidate who wants to get recruited in banks should be good with mathematics, should have sound knowledge about computers, be adaptive to different challenges and environments and should always be ready to put extra efforts on demand. This just doesnt mean that you would have to stay back in the bank for the whole night or something. Its about maintaining a perfect balance between your personal life, family and work.

Most banks look for efficient candidates. The Recruitment programs like South Indian Bank Recruitment 2013 want its future employees to have the will power to handle work pressure. If you go through the bank exam papers carefully, you should mark the fact that there are huge loads of questions that needs to be answered in comparatively less time. These exams not only judge the ability of the people appearing for the exams they also test their presence of mind, competitive nature and the zeal to give the best of performance even under pressure. None who panics by looking at the number of questions may be able to solve more of them.

Before appearing for a particular bank interview a person is advised to study about the banks history – how it could expand and what is the strategy behind its growth. Understanding these facts about the bank increases the probability of getting selected in personal interviews. Just go through the previous papers and mark the pattern. See which kind of questions you cant solve. This way, one can easily overcome ones shortcoming and will be able to crack recruitment exams. A periodic revision is also very important for people who want to crack bank exams. So never dare to ignore revision. One more important thing is that attitude matters. You might have cleared the written exam, but the interview and group discussion panel might reject you if you dont have the right professional attitude. Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Recruitment 2013 looks for this quality in a candidate.

When IBPS came into the scenario, many questions were asked regarding the effectiveness of a common written examination pattern. Overcoming each of these questions, IBPS Recruitment 2013 has become one of the most challenging exams in India. This exam has different sections and to be IBPS certified, a person needs to get a minimum score in all these sections. It is compulsory to attend all the sections but a person should concentrate more in a section, which he is best at, be it the English section, reasoning etc. It is important to remember that every second matters when a person is appearing for IBPS exam. Therefore proper management of time can take you one step forward. When a person gets good score in IPBS examination, he will be eligible for most of the bank recruitment programs.

Small Business Development And Marketing Strategies

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Since most small businesses have suffered during the past several years due to declining sales generally caused by a chaotic economy, it should be helpful to explore the most practical and realistic marketing strategies available to them. Improving business development efforts is desirable during any financial and economic environment, but there are extra benefits to doing so when sales have declined for whatever reason. Because a typical small business owner does not have the luxury of choosing from many strategies available to larger companies, the marketing improvement process for small businesses is necessarily restricted to a relatively short list of business development alternatives. While the choices will vary from case to case, here are three marketing and business development strategies which will often be considered by small businesses:

* Advertising
* Increasing sales staff
* Business proposals

For most smaller companies, declining revenues have led to some financial challenges and the need to reduce operating expenses already. Therefore it is likely that a common limitation and goal in any marketing decision will be to keep the costs reasonable. When dealing with limited funds, small business owners should evaluate which marketing strategy is the most cost effective method. Business proposal writing usually emerges as the leading choice for small companies when cost effectiveness is taken into account.

There are several kinds of business proposals, and not all of them will be realistic options for each company. Here are the two business proposal types which are likely to be worth reviewing closely:

* Formal proposal solicitations
* Informal and unsolicited proposals

Of these two types, the second (unsolicited and informal proposals) usually deserves the most attention by small businesses. Formally solicited proposals are typically announced by a Request for Proposal (RFP) process and are subject to more public awareness and competition by other companies. Depending on competitive circumstances, it is certainly possible that responding to an RFP might be well-suited to some small business situations. In other words, look carefully before deciding to ignore the RFP possibility.

An informal or unsolicited proposal process potentially offers the most freedom for a small business. Timing is frequently a major problem for an RFP because the company or government agency issuing it determines in advance when it will publish the Request for Proposal and in turn will also determine the deadlines for responses. The timing for unsolicited and informal proposals is effectively under the complete control of the small business which is preparing a proposal. The combination of reduced competition and scheduling flexibility usually makes this a compelling approach to business development and proposals.

The Accounting And Finance Bsc Degree At The University Of Southampton

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The Accounting and Finance BSc degree course is designed so that you will study the core concepts and methods of financial accounting and management accounting across all three years, supplemented by appropriate topics from the field of finance.

In year one and year two of this Accounting and Finance BSc, you will study a range of subjects that provide support for more advanced study in the final year.

You will be given a range of options to help you acquire the understanding of modern theories and empirical evidence relating to accounting.

The anticipated destination of Accounting and Finance BSc graduates is management roles in a wide range of private, public and third sector organisations (including social enterprises), particularly the most innovative students.

A small number of Accounting and Finance BSc students may form their own businesses on graduation, or within a few years of graduating.

However, the intent of the programme is not to encourage too-early business formation, but to develop wider enterprising competencies that will enable employability in a range of organisations.

Understanding better quality venture creation should be the result for students who choose this Accounting and Finance BSc degree course.
Understanding better quality venture creation should be the result for students who choose this Accounting and Finance BSc degree course.

The University of Southamptons Management School has an enviable record for producing high-calibre graduates who move quickly into good careers soon after finishing their studies.

The latest survey of Management School graduates showed that 89% were employed or undertaking further study six months after graduating.

Employers value the quality of our programmes and recognise the skills of our graduates. Many of our graduates go on to professional training and graduate management schemes, while others begin careers in management, accounting, finance or banking.

To discover more information about the Finance and Accounting degree course at the University of Southampton, simply visit the Management Schools website at www.southampton.ac.uk/management

Why Computer Skills Are Required For Jobs In Banking Sector

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Computer occupies an important place in many of the industries and they employ computer skilled personnel to carry out their jobs efficiently and effectively. This trend is found not only in companies but also in growing banking sector. The banks which provide a plenty of customer services like corporate banking, financial assistance, savings, and investment, find it easier to computerize these services. Internet banking is considered as a boon for all busy people, which makes it easy to transfer and receive money quickly. It also gives the exact information of the amount in the bank accounts.

Importance of computer knowledge in banks:

As the computers are dominating the industrial world completely, it is quite natural that banks also insist their employees must have basic knowledge in computer. This makes the fresher easily understand their jobs which are performed on the computer. Computer knowledge makes it easy for the fresher to get training for probationary officer posts and for clerical posts. In other words, the candidates can go for a computer course in a reputed institute for 6 months to gain more knowledge in computer and improve their chances of being hired in banks. Many banks have started to set this eligibility criterion to stress this point. Still some candidates may question whether computer skill is mandatory to join in banks. The answer is it is necessary as most of the banks are fully computerized and they have adopted the core banking.

Most of the private and public sector banks find the usage of computer is so essential to network between their branches and to provide faster and effective service. Hence, as most of the banks are moving towards the core banking, it is necessary that the candidates who are applying for banking jobs must have knowledge in DOS, internet, e-mail and MSOffice. It is very true that a clerk should know all the basics about using computer. This is compulsory in many cases and it is advantage for others. A probationary officer in banks must know about MSWord, MS Excel, Window operating system and they should have a sound knowledge in MS Access. Certifications in these courses are insisted in many cases. This quality proves to be essential to handle files, documents and records maintained in computer in different branches and banks effectively.

Roger Hamilton An Entrepreneur of Entrepreneurship

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We always have a common bewilderment towards the successful entrepreneurs, -What are the ingredients that create their success?- Each one of them will have their own notions, but there are few customary things such as hard work, endurance, patience, and so on. But in recent years there is one more addition to this that is common among entrepreneur’s list. It is a name called Roger Hamilton, for he shows you the right path to apply these values and motivates to succeed.

The prime step towards success is to find out where you can succeed. And for that you need to find out where your interests lie. This is the first thing, but yet the hardest thing. There are people who would have been an eminently successful person instead they are mere failures. This is just because they did not know their right course and this still would be a mystery to them. But this is not going to happen again as now we are blessed with the right tool to unravel our interests.-The Wealth Dynamics system- created by Roger Hamilton.

Wealth Dynamics system is a tool which conducts psychometric tests to find out the right path to create wealth. Though there is a pool of such tests available now none of them could match with the wealth dynamic system as it is has been designed by the master and is accurate. People who take up this test feel indebted to our genius because it gives vision with absolute clarity to set your goal. The unique aspect of our master is he just not gives you an idea, but he also helps you to devise a plan to implement it.

The glory of the Wealth Dynamic System instantly spread across the whole world and so did the creator’s name. Today he has been crowned as a wizard and is a renowned speaker in wealth dynamics creation all over the world. He is also a co-founder of the world’s largest social network of entrepreneurs -The XL Group-. He often conducts workshops in order to shape the minds of the individuals and has been extremely successful in it. Not only the people who attended his work shop, but even the ones who got a chance to listen and read his thoughts have scaled great heights. Later they’ve revealed that their time with Roger Hamilton was the decisive moment of their life.

For more information regarding Roger Hamilton, please visit www.roger-hamilton.net

Tax Tips for New Ecommerce Entrepreneurs

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New ecommerce entrepreneurs can find them confused and confounded by the tax and accounting requirements of their venture. And thats a shame: If someones spotted a great new category and successfully built a web presence, heck, that someone shouldnt find themselves bogged down with the accounting minutia. The entrepreneur should focus on increasing traffic, expanding margins, and growing cash profits.

With that in mind, I offer up the following tax and accounting tips:

Tip #1: Dont Incorporate

A true corporationwhether a C corporation or an S corporationsaddles your business with more complicated tax accounting and a bunch of state filing requirements. You dont want to deal with this redtapeor at least not until youre profitable.

Instead, operate your business as a sole proprietorship. If youre concerned about legal liability protection, note that you can setup a one-owner limited liability company, or LLC. A one owner LLC is treated as a sole proprietorship for income tax purposes.

Tip #2: Start Your Business Before Making Investments

Expenditures you make before youre actually in business-in other words, before youve got a business license and before youre selling or trying to sell your stuffarent very deductible.

Specifically, you can probably deduct the first $5,000 of these expenses. But any amounts in excess of the $5,000 must be amortized over the next fifteen years.

What this means is that you want to start your business before you start spending money on advertising, training, web development, accountants and lawyers and so on.

Tip #3: Automate Your Bookkeeping & Accounting

By lawand some people dont know thisyoure required to maintain an accounting system that lets you clearly measure your income. As a practical matter, this means you need to use a product like Quicken or QuickBooks.

But you ought to go one better than simply using desktop accounting software. Make sure that youre taking advantage of online banking and bill payment features which integrate your accounting system with your banking. As much as is possible, for example, you want to be able to move money from PayPal to your bank to QuickBooks simply by typing a few keys or clicking your mouse a few times.

Tip #4: Hire a Payroll Service Before Hiring Employees

Many successful ecommerce business owners can run their operations without employees. And if thats true for you, hey, congratulations. If and when you do need employees, however, dont try to handle the payroll yourself. Oursource the payroll to one of the large payroll service bureaus like ADP, Payroll, or QuickBooks.

These services are expensive. Figure $1000 to $2000 per year. But the services let you avoid the bookkeeping nightmare called payroll and prevent you from getting into payroll tax trouble.

Tip #5: Consider S Corporation Status After Youre Profitable

Ive written and talked much about how S corporations save taxpayers money and how the right way to set up an S corporation is first create a limited liability company and then ask the IRS to treat the LLC as an S corporation for tax purposes.