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Owning a McDonald’s franchise can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life if you know what you’re doing, if you have the resources to qualify and if you do it the right way. However, before you do your share of serving billions and billions of hamburgers worldwide, there’s a few things you need to be aware of in order to make the right decision.
Today, there are roughly over 30,000 restaurants spanning the globe in over 100 countries. McDonald’s franchise has been in existence since 1955 and the franchise owners have played huge roles in the overall success of the company.
When considering to buy a McDonald’s franchise, you have 2 options in which to do so. The first is to purchase an existing restaurant from the company or another franchise owner, which happens to be the most common practice. The second option is to purchase a brand new restaurant that is built from the ground up. In both cases, you must have a minimum of $300,000 down payment that can NOT be borrowed. You have to physically have it in liquid assets.
Other important factors in buying a McDonald’s franchise include having significant business experience, good management skills, the ability to manage finances well, you must be able to execute and deliver on a business plan, you have to maintain exceptional customer service and you have to have a good credit history. If you can’t show you have all of these capabilities, then this franchise may not be a good fit for you.
Most experts will tell you that breaking even in the first 7-10 years is doing a real good job of running your McDonald’s franchise. Part of the ongoing expenses include the traditional expenses like rent, utilities, inventory, wages and of course the 4% royalty fees that are based on gross revenues and not net profits. What’s interesting to know is that the McDonald’s corporation usually owns the land the franchises are on and the franchise owners pay their rent to the corporation. In fact, it can be argued that McDonald’s is actually in the business of real estate since they are one of the largest holders of real estate in the world.
Bottom line is that owing a McDonald’s franchise is not for the timid. You have to have considerable net worth, a good track record and still get approval by the company. Not all franchises are this way and if you don’t qualify for a McDonald’s franchise, then there are plenty of other viable options for you.
News trading is an excellent way of profiting in the Forex market. Economic news usually has the ability to increase volatility and thus potential trade opportunities in the market. However, it is important to only trade the news that has the highest ability to cause movements in the market. As much as the markets often react to the majority of economic news from different countries, those from big economies such as the U.S. and Europe play a significant role on currency market moves.
Here are some news reports that are trade-worthy:
Interest rates have the ability to cause significant movements in the Forex market. By increasing, maintaining, or lowering interest rates, central banks exert influence over the value of currencies. If raised, the exchange rate of a particular currency would appreciate in value, and if decreased, the exchange rate would depreciate in value. When an interest rate rises, it would offer lenders in an economy a higher return as compared to other countries; therefore, there would be an increased inflow of foreign capital that ultimately would cause the value of a currency to appreciate. Generally, it is seen as a good thing when interest rates increase and a bad thing when interest rates decrease.
Economic indicators give a picture of the general performance of the economy of a country. They enable analysis of current performance and future forecasts of the economy of a country. Economic indicators comprise of various indices, earnings reports, and economic summaries, and some of which include Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Gross National Product (GNP), Consumer spending, capital expenditure, and government expenditure.
As a general rule, a country having a high inflation rate usually has a weak currency, since its purchasing power decreases as compared to other currencies of its trading partners. To strengthen the value of a currency, the central bank of a country may make a decision to increase the interest rates.
In order to comprehend the economic health of a country, it is essential to know the employment statistics of that particular country. Therefore, various employment indicators released on a regular basis are very important in affecting the value of currencies in the Forex market. An example of this is the U.S. Non-Farm Payroll released on a monthly basis.
Balance of trade announcements
As a general rule, a country with a positive Balance of Trade (BOT) usually has a rising currency.
Mechanical Trading System Eliminates Subjectivity, Confusion, Hesitation & Missed Trade From Your Day Trading! Read On To Find More
You must have often come across the term Mechanical Trading System. Mechanical Trading System is basically a ‘packaged expertise’ in forex, futures, stocks and options trading. Usually highly experienced traders develop these kinds of systems. They package their trading experience into a set of ‘top secret algorithms’ that remove all the uncertainty of the trade.
As perceived by some inexperienced traders, mechanical trading systems are not scams. They have their uses and legitimate day traders and trading professionals do use them. However, there is a world of difference between using a mechanical trading system and being a skilled trader yourself, think of it as the difference between having power tools and being a skilled carpenter.
What Is A Mechanical Trading System?
A mechanical trading system uses historical parameters to determine when certain trades should (or should not) be made. They have usually been back tested to check with existing market data, and they have specific entry criteria (buy EUR when price is at $1.20 would be one example) and specific exit parameters (sell EUR when price exceeds $1.22) to automate a lot of trading activity. These objective criterions are based off the accumulated data of hundreds of thousands of trades.
How Does A Mechanical Trading System Work?
Ostensibly, a mechanical trading system removes the emotional weight’ from trading activity, and prevents them from being blinded by greed. In practice, what it does is provide the trader who is overwhelmed with information that he is watching, with a filtered set of information to handle ‘baseline parameter’ trades so that he can focus his attention elsewhere. For beginning traders, they are an effective set of training wheels while they learn to do the research they need to make a more substantial and nuanced trading strategy.
What Are The Advantages of A Mechanical Trading System?
The primary advantage of a mechanical trading system is that it automates a lot of data gathering, and for a narrow range of trades, can effectively automate your day trading practices. Depending on which one you are using, it may be aggregating a lot more information than a beginning trader would consider boosting confidence in its trade recommendations.
Mechanical trading systems are also likelier to find an early entry point on a trade, and depending on how they are programmed, may be a good ‘conservative play’ for getting out of a trade.
The use of good mechanical trading system will eliminate all subjectivity, which can greatly reduce your trading stress.
TSUBOT by Tsunami Trading Educators, Inc. is one such system which analyses price volume & momentum in real time and gives out high margin 100% mechanical trading calls right from computers speakers.
Chyten Educational Services was founded in 1984 by Neil Chyten who believed that every child deserved an opportunity to reach their highest potential. Using customized programs for students based on their individual needs, the education franchise has provided test preparation and specialized tutoring services for the past 25 years and his franchise is one of the fastest growing supplemental educational businesses in America.
According to Neil Chyten, who serves as the company’s president, what sets his education program apart from similar franchises is Chyten brings a whole new style curriculum, individualized one on one tutoring by tutors who all have at least a masters degree and teaching experience.
“Our name has become synonymous with the word ‘excellence’ in the areas we serve,” says Chyten. “Having been exposed to many different educational programs, I am convinced that highly qualified and experienced teachers can make a real difference in students lives which is why we only employ tutors with a minimum of a master’s degree and who also have prior teaching experience.”
Chyten believes these standards for teachers give his franchise a competitive advantage over other education programs with lower standards for instructors, and the franchise is beginning to expand across the country as the demand for quality education services continues to grow.
Chyten Educational Services began offering its franchise in the fall of 2007 and has seen positive results from its program. The company is actively seeking new franchisees to share in their commitment to providing quality education programs.
“Chyten franchisees can take advantage of all the years of hard work we have put into developing the concept,” explains Chyten who also stresses he has the only franchise model of its kind in the education industry. “Having uniqueness is a key ingredient in selecting a franchise concept.”
Chyten also believes it is important for potential franchisees to find a concept that fits their personality and style. He says that good candidates for a Chyten franchise are those who possess good people skills, good communication skills, and individuals with a strong work ethic who have a belief in the value of education. “We look for people who have a real desire to give back and help others reach their true potential,” says Chyten.
Franchise fees for the Chyten concept cover all necessary startup needed for new franchise owners according to Chyten including site selection, lease negotiation, and training. Royalty fees are applied to offset the support costs once the franchisee is up and running.
The Chyten education franchise offers a third party financing program to cover leasehold improvements as well as some equipment. Franchise locations can typically be in business within 90 to 120 days.
To listen to the audio interview featuring small cap company Obee’s Franchise Systems, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: OBFM) with interviewee Peter Brown please go to our website, listed in the resource box.
Obee’s Soups Salads & Subs is owned by Obee’s Franchise Systems Inc., Obee’s currently has over 50 restaurants open and in development across 21 states. The company has commitments to open over 1,000 additional locations over the next ten years. The chain has won numerous local and regional awards for its food menu and service.
Obee’s Franchise Systems, Inc., (OTC Pink Sheets: CYPW) is an OTC Pink Sheets listed small cap stock company, who recently announced that the first restaurant in Port St. Lucie, Florida has been sold by the company’s Area Developer for St. Lucie county. The obee’s(R) soups, salads & subs, located 10075 S. Federal Highway in the Port St. Lucie Town Center has recently been sold by Bruce Campbell to Mr. and Mrs. Ronaldo Silva. The transaction now clears the way for Obee’s Franchise Systems, Inc. and Mr. Campbell to begin selling new franchises in the territory.
‘Bruce made a very prudent decision when he first agreed to be an area developer for our company,’ explained Peter Brown OBFM President. ‘He decided that instead of immediately selling franchises of a restaurant brand that at the time was unknown in this area, he would instead operate the first location himself and thus become an expert. He has done just that and now we’re ready to assist him in every way possible.’
About Small Cap Voice
Small Cap Voice offers small cap & OTC investor relations services, dedicated to ensuring its client companies gain valuable exposure in the small cap and OTC markets. Through internet interviews, conference calls, emails, investment newsletters, small cap & OTC company news and placement on financial web sites Small Cap Voice creates a consistent presence in the public eye for their clients.
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.
The old saying Never leave home without it applied to a credit card but it may as well have been about promotional fish bowls. These containers have so many functions, they are a must for the seasoned exhibitor. Storage, advertising, giveaway holders, lead capturersthey do it all and much more. Whenever you are looking for an inexpensive way to get noticed, pack these little dynamos.
Chances are, several marketing freebies are being taken to the trade show. USB drives, keychain hand sanitizers, and mini flashlights are a few of the hot items this year. Rather than having them strewn all over the table in the booth, keep them in fish bowl containers silk screened with the company logo. Attendees can easily grab what they want without spilling the other items onto the floor.
Having a few contests almost guarantees that your booth will be a trade show hit. Keep contest entries organized by having attendees place them in the fish bowl at the booth. As soon as they see the attractive container, they will associate your company with quality. These bowls come in many shapes and sizes and taking the time to personalize them with the company logo shows the business pays attention to every detail.
The whole point of exhibiting at a trade show is to increase sales. Keeping all those business cards organized is no easy task. As soon as you receive one, make some brief notes on the back regarding the conversation with the prospect. Store the cards in a lidded fish bowl behind the booth table. If booth contents are moved during the night or when packing up, others can identify the owner simply by looking at the logo imprinted on the side of the bowl.
Fish bowls are also excellent containers for advertising materials. Postcards and coupons are small and lightweight so the slightest gust of wind can make them fall off the booth table. Rather than picking these up every time someone walks by, store them in fish bowls and encourage people to grab a few when they visit the booth.
With promotional fish bowls packed in the exhibit booth shipment, exhibitors will never be searching for a container. These hold free promotional items, advertising, contest entries, and prospect business cards and the imprinted logo makes them look professional. Their durable plastic construction ensures they will be around as a trusty exhibit booth assistant for many years.
Most of the time, we live our lives and never even think twice about what items we are using every day and who makes them. Big companies commonly employ workers in other countries where labor is cheaper and workers have fewer rights in the workplace. As market demands increase so does the profit to the company. The Fair Trade campaign is designed to help people who care about where their products come from become more aware.
Even though a variety of laws exist that relate to Fair Trade issues, it is essentially a social campaign that fights for improved trading conditions in 3rd world nations. The fair trade movement creates policies against prison labor, child labor and the use of workers who are being forced to work against their will. At the same time the fair trade movement seeks to encourage environmentally responsible and sustainable production as well as fair pay to workers. Thanks to this movement, workers in 3rd world nations are getting more money for the jobs they do, which means they can better support their loved ones and contribute to an improving economic situation in their immediate areas.
More and more items are becoming available under the Fair Trade movement thanks to better awareness and increased desire for products that have been ethically manufactured. The major products that are currently manufactured include alcoholic beverages, tea, coffee, grocery products, and cotton-based products such as shirts and sheets. Even though the world economy took a hit, the sales of certified Fair Trade products went up about twenty percent last year despite being only a fraction of the consumer goods created around the globe.
Purchasing a fair trade t shirt, for example, is going to be a bit more expensive, but they are of superior quality, which makes them extremely durable. They are completely opposite of the cheap, mass-produced shirts that must be replaced on a regular basis. The positives of Fair Trade clothes are extremely numerous, while the negatives are few.
When buyers buy fair trade goods, the goal is to protect the producers in developing countries against the instability of market prices. A portion of profits generated from manufacturing is used to construct services for local communities like medical, educational, and environmental projects with the hope of breaking the cycle of poverty in these areas.
In addition, the movement is committed to promoting environmentally friendly merchandise, making use of organic materials and sustainable textiles. Conventional cotton production wastes huge amounts of natural resources, relies on the heavy use of harmful chemicals, and has a negative impact on the health of the workers and also the local environment. Fair Trade production is working towards much more sustainable practices that enhance the atmosphere.
As customers, we can make far better socially conscious choices by buying goods manufactured with fair trade principles. As this motion in the direction of ethical commerce grows, everybody comes out as a winner.
Senior care franchise associates Biz Advisors Inc, as an Atlanta GA franchise consultant suggest the Comfort Keepers franchise.
Exploring the Range of Home Care Services
Senior citizens today have more home care services to choose from than ever before. And more than ever, seniors are opting to continue living at home for as long as possible, even when they need medical assistance.
Home care services have increased in popularity as a senior care option to assisted living facilities and nursing homes, even as quality of facility-provided care continues to improve.
The reasons for home care services growth include:
* Americas 65+ population is growing faster than ever (expected to double to more than 70 million by 2030, accounting for one of every five Americans)
* Much of the senior population growth is being fueled by the baby boom generation, which is entering retirement. Todays seniors, who are more active and living longer than previous generations, prefer to continue living independently at home for as long as possible
* Medical advancements make it possible for in-home care of chronic health conditions, which have become more prevalent due to the aging population
* Home care has become more accepted by physicians
* There is a movement toward more cost-effective health care options, such as in-home care
Studies show that even after they begin needing assistance with the activities of daily living or ongoing health care, seniors prefer to age in the comfort of their own home. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than two-thirds of older Americans who already need daily assistance are now living at home. This includes more than 70 percent of persons with Alzheimers disease.
In-home senior care agencies offer a wide variety of services that clients can select as needed. The services can be tailored to provide whatever amount of help a senior need to perform the activities of daily living. Services include:
*Companionship and care services, such as meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, conversation and companionship, medication reminders, transportation, grocery shopping, laundry, and recreational activities
*Personal care services, such as bathing, help with mobility, incontinence care, toileting, feeding, and special diet preparation
*Technology services, such as monitoring, emergency response and medication management systems to provide security and care for seniors when professional or family caregivers are not present
Many seniors needing in-home care have chronic medical conditions that require regular management, so medical home care agencies can work in conjunction with non-medical in-home senior care providers to meet a seniors complete needs.
In-home elder care providers, such as Comfort Keepers, also serve todays more active seniors, helping them maintain connections with friends, as well as community organizations and hobbies that continue to give them satisfaction.
Atlanta GA franchise consultant Biz Advisors Inc sells the Senior care franchise, Comfort Keepers franchise.
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.