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The Ins And Outs Of Owning A Franchise

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Many years ago it was the norm that when someone wanted to go into business for themselves it meant using one’s own instincts and depending on one’s own personal know-how and also observing the way that the market was going to move. However, things have changed and franchises have become the new way of doing things which has led to much prosperity for franchisees. Essentially, a franchise is duplication of business concept that has proven successful for the parent company and it also means that the franchisee is the owner who hires his or her own staff and looks after the day-to-day working of his franchise in which the stakes are high since the franchisee has invested his own time, money and effort in running the business.

An Already Established Concept – Another advantage to owning a franchise is that the concept has already been established and there will already be a proven track record of success. Also, the franchisee is well within his or her rights in using the trademark of the company and also its brand name which gives a license to the franchisee to market products that already has the brand recognition and which is already popular with the customers. Thus, having a franchise means tapping into a market that has already been established and is ready for more business.

When one takes a franchise, there is assured support on the part of the franchiser, and even though you may running the business on your own, there is always an extra opportunity or two available from the parent company and assistance too is always forthcoming. Since a majority of franchises are turnkey projects, it means that after signing the agreement, the franchisee gets all the equipment as well as supplies that are necessary to grow the business further, and this is something that sets franchising apart from other business concepts.

Next, when one takes a franchise there is less need for capital as compared to starting a business for yourself, and this can be attributed to the fact that you will already be getting experience and also a tried and tested system that the parent company has operated with success, and for which you do not have to spend unnecessarily such as on trial and error ideas. And, it also means getting supplies at lower costs because the parent company has already negotiated prices with suppliers and this benefit is passed onto the franchise.

Other benefits to starting a franchise includes getting wider promotional campaigns, benefits of ongoing R & D programs, having the status of a company, not taking any more risks than are necessary, and getting a set of quality standards that are unified. Thus, with all these benefits, it is easy to see why other forms of business concepts are not able to compete with franchising.

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a policy statement clarifying that the agency will not

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The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a policy statement clarifying that the agency will not take enforcement action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) or the FTC Act against companies that are attempting to collect the debts of deceased consumers, if the companies communicate with someone who is authorized to pay debts from the estate of the deceased.

The policy statement also emphasizes that debt collectors may not mislead relatives to believe that they are personally liable for a deceased consumer’s debts, or use other deceptive or abusive tactics. Family members typically are not obligated to pay the debts of a deceased relative from their own assets. The FDCPA limits whom debt collectors may contact after a loved one has died to people such as the deceased person’s spouse and the executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate.

Since the FDCPA was enacted in 1977, state probate laws have changed, and now, less formal procedures often govern the appointment or selection of those who are responsible for the disposition of the estate. In many instances, there may be no formal executor or administrator of an estate. In the enforcement policy statement issued today, the Commission seeks to reconcile the FDCPA’s requirements with current trends in state probate law.

In keeping with the FTC’s October 2010 proposed policy statement the final policy statement specifies that the agency will not take law enforcement action under the FDCPA if a debt collector communicates about a deceased person’s debts with that person’s spouse, the executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate, or anyone else who is authorized to pay the debts from assets in the estate. The final policy statement also: Describes how debt collectors may communicate with family members and others to locate someone who is authorized to pay the deceased person’s debts from the estate, and specifies that collectors may not mislead individuals into believing that they have the authority to pay the decedent’s debts when they do not. Specifies that, in seeking to locate someone who is authorized to pay the deceased person’s debts from the estate, collectors may not reveal or refer to the debts, but may say they wish to discuss payment of the deceased person’s bills. States that in keeping with the FDCPA’s prohibition on unfair, deceptive, or abusive collection practices, debt collectors may not contact family members and others at unusual or inconvenient times or places. Emphasizes that, in communicating with someone who is authorized to pay the debts from assets of the deceased person’s estate, collectors must avoid creating the misleading impression that the individual is personally liable or could be required to pay using his or her own assets, or assets held jointly with the deceased person.

Why you should trade stocks online

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When it comes to stock trading the best place to do it is online through an online brokerage. The nice thing about trading stocks online isn’t just the lower trade fees but also the many advantages you will have as a trader. Something most people don’t understand about trading stocks online is how easy it is due to all the software, charts, and help you get from the team of experts from that particular online brokerage. Advantages of trading online Learning – If you have ever used an offline broker then I bet you don’t learn too much about stocks, right? The reason you won’t learn that much is because the broker you have is most likely just giving you advice on what to trade without any help from you. The great thing about trading online is that you get to learn what stocks are good and which ones are bad from all the software that the brokerage gives you. Speed – One of the things that you never get to experience using an offline broker is the speed in which trades are executed. Using an online broker normally means that when you trade during the day your trades will be filled within 10 seconds. Using a offline broker normally means that your trade will be filled within minutes as opposed to seconds. Trading activity – Something that you never get from an offline broker is the trading activity over a certain period of time. The nice thing about an online broker is that you can get your trading activity within seconds and you can get any trading activity you have ever made under that account. Better software – Another thing that you get access to is much better software than some offline brokerages. The nice thing about getting access to all this great software is that you can easily track companies and determine when it is a good time to act on the trade. For some people using software seems to be much harder than they had originally thought but in reality once you learn how to use it there is nothing to be afraid of.

Always remember that if you want to make money with stocks then you need to have the proper stock trading training.

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Trade Days In Scottsboro, Alabama

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Anyone looking for a good bargain should head to Scottsboro, Alabama for First Monday, the oldest trade day in the country. Other successful trade days in the region have been patterned after Scottsboros event. The giant trade and sale day is held monthly on the weekend before the first Monday. This popular Scottsboro tradition brings many visitors to town to check out a variety of merchandise set up around the Jackson County Courthouse Square.
The next First Monday Trade Day is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2012. This is typically the largest sale weekend of the year, bringing thousands of people into Scottsboro. Sundays are usually the busiest days of the trade weekends, but Monday holidays are also big days. The remaining First Mondays scheduled for 2012 are September 29-October 1, November 3-5, and December 1-3.

The original trade day was held in 1902 and named Horse Swappers Day. It was advertised to be a day for people to come into town to buy or swap horses and mules. The concept was not an immediate success. It took nearly two years to really catch on with local citizens. Gradually, as more people acquired cars and horse trading lost its importance, the trade day was changed to a Market Day. Area farmers could bring produce, eggs, milk, and other farm products into town to sell. Farmers were allowed free advertising in the local newspaper for each scheduled Market Day. Eventually the monthly event evolved into a weekend to sell all types of merchandise.

Todays shoppers can expect to find antiques and collectibles, furniture, artwork, clothing and accessories, crafts, jewelry, baskets, plants, dishes, household items, toys, and food. The event has a fun, festival atmosphere. Everyone is looking to discover a great find or score a bargain. Some vendors have booths set up on all three days, and others are onsite for only one or two days. Mondays are usually the lightest sale days, as many vendors have full time jobs and are unable to stay. Most vendor booths are set up from dawn to dusk. Shoppers should come early for the best selection. There is no admission charge, and plenty of parking is available downtown.

Scottsboro is located in the scenic Tennessee River valley in northeast Alabama. It is approximately 40 miles east of Huntsville and about 20 miles west of I-59. The town is adjacent to beautiful Lake Guntersville, one of the states most popular recreational lakes.

Franchise Business Opportunities And Food In India

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Expanding of business at the same time involving interested entrepreneurs in the same has of late gained big momentum. Opening of chain outlets or stores no doubt add to the extensive market presence and an enhanced brand identity. But that involves a good amount of investment besides liability and other factors associated. This is where a franchise business comes into play. Franchising, the practice of using another firm’s successful business model, had been at a nascent stage for quite some time. Today, it is not only in India but also across the world that franchise business is gaining impetus. Offering franchise business opportunities, concerned companies not only see their business expand even beyond geographical boundaries but also get returns. No investment, no maintenance, no liabilities! The franchisor’s success is the success of the franchisees.

Explore the various segments where franchise business opportunities are offered, consider your interests and accordingly choose the right company. If you choose a reputed name, you can look forward towards making some big money in no time. Building a brand rapport takes time and when you get a brand the rapport of which is already built you do experience a win-win situation. You can opt going for a food franchise. Of course, you will have to invest for the set-up, food processing equipments, follow space and food menu conditions followed by the parent group, pay royalty, pay part of income generated and more. Compared to other segments, you need not invest big in a food franchise. You will have to consider the location. The better the location, the more lucrative will be your food franchise chosen.

When we speak of food in India, we cannot think of a counted few items. There are countless food items specific to each region; most of you must have not yet explored the regional food in the towns and villages of each state. Start exploring, especially if you are a travel freak and love exploring cultures. You will be surprised at the countless delicacies with each dish tasting different. Well, food in India commonly offered in the restaurants is same in the menu no matter which part of the country you visit. It can be South Indian food or North Indian food. And again food in India is not only limited to meals; there are sweets, snacks, chaat, namkeen, vegetable snacks, and more.

Those who have tasted South Indian food never let the taste disappear from their palate. Whether it is breakfast or lunch or dinner or supper, they would love to have any of the South Indian food items to appease their appetite. Right from plain dosa, masala dosa, onion rawa masala, rawa plain dosa, rawa masala dosa to plain uttapam, vada sambhar, mixed uttapam, sambhar idli, etc. you have a myriad range of options in the menu to choose from! It is not only in South India but across the country that you will find South Indian food in the restaurants.

Is A Car Wash Franchise A ‘cash Flow’ Machine

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The best answer to that question about a car wash franchise depends on your comfort level with taking risks. Every business has risks involved and car wash franchises are no different, however they do offer a unique opportunity in a cash business.

There are a few things you must consider before diving into the car wash franchise industry. The first decision is to decide what type of car wash franchise system you want to own. You have the option of a fully automated system that does all the work for you or you can choose to have a partially automated system that will require employees to finish the work. At first glance the fully automated one seems like the most logical choice but having more running equipment can mean more expensive things that break down and need fixing. Don’t forget that if your machines are down, cars aren’t getting washed and no money is coming in.

Choosing the right location for a car wash franchise is practically the most important thing you can do, and I’m talking more about cities than specific locations. Seattle rains about 300 days per year and people aren’t really interested in washing their cars there. On the flip side, sunny southern california barely has rain and people in socal really want to keep their car looking clean.

In talking about cash flow for a car wash franchise, one immediate hurdle is the initial franchise start up fee which ranges anywhere from $1,000 to $100,000. Typically they are in the $20,000 – $30,000 range. Some franchise fees are even non-refundable even if you decide to not buy the franchise. Make sure you find that out before you put any money down.

Another major cost of owning a car wash franchise is the royalty payments. They typically range from 3% – 6% of gross sales, not net profits. Some franchises have minimum monthly revenues no matter what happens in your business. So if you have some slow times or it rains 14 straight weekends in a row, you still gotta pay the minimum requirements.

Don’t forget that other typical car wash franchise expenses include equipment, signs, working capital, advertising fees, etc. Equipment could be anything from chemicals to car accessories to cash registers.

Bottom line is that owning a car wash franchise for cash flow is a proven business system as long as all factors are taken into consideration and smart business choices are made.

Finding A Franchise Operating Partner

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When people consider investing in a franchise opportunity, they often envision all the benefits of owning their own business. However, those early months of getting a franchise off the ground can be stressful and require long hours and some skills a franchisee may not have. In this case, it is often worthwhile to consider finding an operating partner.

Finding a franchising partner is not an easy task and should not be done with haste. Unit owners will want to engage a talented individual with skills that complement their own. For example, an owner fresh out of college should look for an individual with experience in the field, explains Franchising.com. But even those business veterans with 20-plus years of experience can benefit from a partner with a significant business background.

There are three strategies the Web site suggests franchisees consider when seeking an operating partner. First, unit owners should make sure any business individual they decide to team up with shares the same goals and objectives for the franchise unit. One way to get a feel for individuals’ motives is to ask prospective partners about their business and personal philosophies, the hours they are willing to work in the beginning stages and if they are interested in long-term growth.

An operational partner should also possess complementary skills – unit owners should not seek clones of themselves. To begin determining what attributes and experiences the franchise could benefit from, owners will need to take an honest look at their own skill set. The Web site suggests considering areas such as marketing, managing, finances/accounting, customer service and technology. However, franchisees should also examine their own personality type, demeanor and operating and managing style.

‘You’ll want to identify the areas where you are strongest and feel most confident. Now, look for a partner that can fill the gap in the places where you are not as strong. Working together, you’ll form a well-rounded management team,’ Franchising.com writes.

Finally, franchisees should look for partners with a good understanding of the local market, including people, places and other factors. Deep market knowledge can aid a franchise in everything from site selection to marketing. This is particularly important if a franchisee is relatively new to the area – someone with good local knowledge will be able to help the unit attract employees and customers as well as work with local vendors and suppliers.

Once a franchisee has found an operating partner, he or she should make sure to create boundaries and job responsibilities to avoid conflict and tension when business inevitably becomes stressful. One technique the Web site suggests is designating a third party to help make decisions when partners hit a logjam.

Finance A Franchise For Subway

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When it comes to buy a Subway Franchise, the first think which clicks in the mind is that how you will go to finance it?. Buying a Franchise or coming in the food chain business involves various things like setting up the restaurant, arranging for the shop fitters to fit out the shop accordingly, kitting it out with all the required catering equipment, fitting all the tables and chairs, and many more. That is the reason people usually look for a financer before buying a Subway Franchise. By having a handsome amount in their hand theyll be able to effectively budget their monthly outgoings through a monthly finance package to operate their business immediately with all the equipment they need.

Own a Subway Franchise only by going through the process of financing, as by doing this you are keeping your available capital in the bank, leaving it available for other important business expenditures. It will provide you liquid flow of cash to run the day-to-day business activities. You cant imagine how easily youll get back your return on investment easier by opting to tailored franchise finance package. It will benefit you by lending maximum money to your bank account each month on your lease agreement.

No one can deny the popularity of Subway, not because their unique chain of restaurants but for the quality they provide with mouth watering sandwiches. There is hardly any need to mention that their high profile advertising campaigns and their ongoing popularity and excellent menus are certainly attracting potential franchisees from all over the world. They all want to open their own Subway franchise and want to take a part in the active race to success. If you think about it you almost get it, enormous flexible finance packages on the market are available. It allows you to build in the franchise fee with all useful equipment that goes into the Subway restaurant.

Fulfill your desire to owe a business related of fast food industry by buying a subway franchise. This is the only platform where food have both moderate as well as healthy flavor

Owner Of An Established Brand With Restaurant Franchise

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Business opportunities in the food sector are unlimited. If you know the tricks and are well informed, you can no doubt give shape to your business dreams in no time. Restaurants today run well depending on a number of factors; these are brand identity, quality of food items served, menu, variety, courteousness in handling customers, locality, to name a few. When you can be an owner of a reputed brand in your area by buying a restaurant franchise, why not grab the opportunity. And if the menu well suits the Indian taste such as snacks food, namkeens, traditional sweets, Bengali sweets, chaat like pani puri, South Indian food, the effort of buying the restaurant franchise is well rewarded.

When you buy a restaurant franchise, you will have to pay some royalty money as well as percentage of the profits every month or annually or as decided. You no doubt become the owner of the restaurant, but you will have to follow the same method of food preparation, besides having the same menu. You will notice an increasing crowd right from day one. A little advertisement will further add to the crowd pulling factor.

You will always find sweets in the menu in every festive occasion. It is also in marriage, birthday, anniversary, and other functions. where all traditional sweets including Bengali sweets rule the roost; this is because having as well as distributing sweets is considered as good omen. Pani puri and chaat items are also served in most occasions. Another item that is served with tea or coffee is variety of namkeens. The most savored namkeens include bhujia, chana masala, mini samosas, dalmoth, and more.

The rasgulla and the rasmalai are two of the most popular Bengali sweets. Both the Bengali sweets items are found in sweets shops in every corner of the country. Preparation of rasmalai involves cooking of rounded pies of fine milk curd in syrup such that a unique texture is created. The pies are then soaked in full cream milk and then served with a shower of chopped pistachio nuts.

Legal for trade scale- Makes Weight Measurement Easy, Accurate and Transparent

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The phrase, legal for trade scale means, a weighing scale, which is granted the legal permission to be used for commercial operation. Such a scale is used for weight measurement in a manufacturing, retail or trading facility where accuracy in the weight is of paramount importance. The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) runs a program called National Type Evaluation Program or NTEP to oversee the enforcement of guidelines laid out in handbook 44 of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The program ensures that manufacturers, users and officials from the department of weights and measures interact and cooperate with each other, and implement the guidelines of the program so that manufacturer can manufacture and sell the legal for trade scale for commercial purpose, without compromising the quality.

A legal for trade scale ensures fairness and transparency during the commercial weighing operation because it has a -legal for trade- indent marked on it. This mark guarantees accuracy in measurement because the concerned weighing scale is manufactured and tested according to the guidelines of the program. To make the weighing process more transparent, the weighing scale, which does not have a dual display unit, is marked as -not for direct sales-. This latest addition, aims to make it compulsory for all such scales to have a dual display unit instead of a single unit. A dual display unit allows the customer to have a clear and direct view of the weight reading. Hence from now on legal for trade scales, which have a dual display unit, will be used where both end user and customer are present during the weighing operation.

Before a weighing scale is indented with the legal for trade scale mark it has to under go a series of stringent tests. The scale is subject to testing under different environments and all the results are noted. The features advertised by the manufacturer are thoroughly checked. If they conform to the program guidelines the scale is granted the status of, legal for trade scale and can be used for commercial operations. In the end a legal for trade scale makes weight measurement very easy, precise and transparent for end users and customers. You can see a range of legal for trade scales at www.paylessscales.com.

About Author :

Lawrence has been in the weighing machines industry for the last 14 years. He has been interested in the penetration of digital scales across various market segments. He has participated in the wide adoption of digital scales such as floor scales by small, medium and large businesses. His special area of interest has been maximizing the value proposition of a digital scale. You can know more at www.paylessscales.com.