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Top Benefits of Buying a Franchise

Posted by on Oct 19, 2013 in Finance, Tips | 0 comments

I recently email a contact, Greg Nunan for his thoughts on the benefits of Franchising. Greg has 10 years experience in an Australian fitness franchise group, EFM Health Clubs, 7 as a part owner of the Franchise group. He agreed to put a few thoughts down about the benefits of franchising.

There is a definite plus if you want to own your own business to buying a franchise over starting one from scratch. Before you jump into purchasing one make sure you do the following steps:

Secret Revenue Stream: Collecting Your Silver Quarters

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Finance | 0 comments

I love this “secret” method of collecting silver quarters to increase a business’s revenue without adding too much work or time if you’re a cash business. Silver quarters are US quarters minted before 1965 that contain 90% silver and 10% nickel alloy that are worth more than the $0.25 from $1.00 to $10.00 each. If your business takes in a lot of cash, you can make an effort to tell your cashiers to save any silver quarter they come across while on the job. It will be rare, but after a year of diligently collecting them, it can add up to thousands of dollars of additional revenue at the end of the year. Who wouldn’t want that?

Copier Leasing for Better Cash Flow

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in News | 0 comments

There was a seminal book in the 1980′s titled “Buy Low, Sell High, Collect Early and Pay Late: The Manager’s Guide to Financial Survival” by Dick Levin, and in that book he kept on harping about leasing equipment instead of buying them. For the most part, the reasoning is that you would be extending your cash if you lease equipment. He also adds that there is no need to buy new equipment or to keep on buying new equipment, if there is an entirely usable alternative.

The author would definitely love to talk about the office copier. A copier is a piece of machinery which needs support and maintenance. It gets used as often as necessary. Which could mean that it may be heavily used, or it may be used for other things besides office copy. This is not to say that the copier no longer has any use in the office. It’s just that a copier does not need to be bought to be used. You can lease a copier.

Copier leasing solves several problems. First, you would have a copier, with almost no money upfront. Second, the support and maintenance is now in the hands of the leasing company. If something is wrong, they can pull out the copier and replace it with a service unit. The only things you need to worry about are the copier supplies (toner and cartridges) and the paper. If a copier keeps on encountering paper jams, you can ask the leasing company to have it replaced. You can check out that information here.

If you buy a copier, you would need to depreciate it for five years. By the time it has become fully depreciated, you would have brought it in for repairs at least once a year, and you would have spent almost as much in spare parts as a new one. Additionally, if you want to sell it at any time, you would be selling it below the depreciated cost, at least in the first three years.

Bottom line is that a copier should be the least of your worries. If you want a copy, you can have it immediately without worrying if it will work or not, if the print will be dirty or your hands would get dirty. Besides, with the internet, computers, networking, email and cloud computing, there should be no more reason to have lots of document copies. For a small company, the paperless office can be a reality. For large corporations, the paperless office is still a stretch, but it’s getting there. Paper copies, and hard copy prints of documents will not go away anytime soon. But printing documents has been steadily going down in number. Soon, the only things which need copies are invoices, vouchers and any other item which need a signature, as well as supporting papers or copies of identification cards.

There will come a time when even fax machines and copiers would no longer be needed in the office. A smartphone can do those things without using any paper. There are apps for tablets and smartphones which can duplicate the use of copiers and fax machines and it is only a matter of time before the apps totally replace them, and this would then be the start of the paperless office.

Why It’s More Cost Effective to Hire a Disability Lawyer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in News | 0 comments

When filing disability claims with the Social Security administration, people often dismiss hiring a lawyer as totally unnecessary. People I’ve met have told me that they’d rather do it on their own and that there’s no need to hire a lawyer. Lawyers, they said, will only add to the cost while the fact is they need every bit of that claims money.

Point taken, but from a financial standpoint it is more practical and cost-effective to have a professional one do it for you. Here are two compelling reasons why:

1. It saves you the time and effort

According to records, it takes about three to four months before you hear from the Social Security administration. By this time, you have already gone back and forth several times, spent days standing in line only to be told to come back at another time. This is true with any government agency, but it is compounded in this agency because of the tens of thousands of disability claims that they receive every year. Given the fact that this is something that they have to investigate and verify, you cannot fault them for wanting to be thorough. An Auburn disability lawyer has handled hundreds of disability claims and already knows the kind of documents and requirements that the social security people are looking for. They’ve been there so many times and know their way around the system. An individual on the other hand, will be pissed off when asked to come back time and again and bring more documents or proof of claim.

2. Pay only when you get your money

You don’t have to shell out money when you hire a disability lawyer or any other claims lawyer for that matter. The agreement is that their service should be good enough to win and that’s the only time they will get their money. In the meantime, you and your family can concentrate on recovery. There are therapy sessions to attend, follow up check ups and paperwork to prepare for if you want to resume working at your place of employment.

Without lawyers, most people would just give up filing disability claims, and this is not good. People deserve to be compensated for things that happened to them, especially if it was because of someone’s neglect.

Tips When Buying or Renting Portable Toilets

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in News | 0 comments

There are a lot of reasons why portable toilets are a must. They could be used for staging concerts, public fairs and many other activities. These toilets can either be rented for temporary occasions or bought when there is a need to host various public activities in a year. If you are planning to invest on portable toilets, be it for rental or actual purchase, you need to make sure that you are getting the best deal possible. Here are some of the tips that you can follow so you won’t spend a lot:

• Make sure that you decide whether it is best to buy or to rent portable toilets. In general, rental fees are cheaper. However, if you are to do it frequently, you will most likely spend a lot. Thus, it is better if you will just buy the portable toilet.

• Compare and contrast options. Don’t close the deal with a company if you can still find other options out there. When you have sought for all possible options, then it is the best time for you to make your decision.

• Don’t settle for local companies and suppliers. You will be surprised to know that there are lots of other options online. As long as they will deliver the portable toilet at a low shipping fee and the overall cost is a lot lower compared with local choices, then go ahead and prefer online stores.

• Find a portable toilet that is low maintenance. These toilets have different designs depending on the manufacturer. You want to find a toilet that is easy to use and maintain. You don’t want to invest on something that will make you spend more eventually.

• Read the terms and conditions for renting portable toilets. You need to know what your responsibilities are especially in keeping the condition of the toilet upon return. Sometimes, the small prints you ignore might make you pay more.

If you follow these tips, you will most likely end up with the wisest investment. Go ahead and read more about portable toilets here.

Top Three Investment Frauds You Should Avoid

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in News | 0 comments

When it comes to investing your money in any type of service, company, or product, you have to make sure that your hard-earned bucks won’t go to waste. Sometimes, it is hard to distinguish whether or not people are sincere in helping you out financially or not with everybody wanting to make money nowadays. That is why we have come up with the top three common investment frauds that might get you into hot water if you’re not careful:

1. The Inheritance Letter Fraud

You’re just calmly checking your e-mail when one comes up, whether in your inbox or spam folder. Curious about its content, with a catchy title about your six-digit inheritance from a wealthy relative, you open it and find yourself reading an alluring and well-written message from a person posing as a banker, tax agent, or a lawyer. In a nutshell, it seduces you to get the big bucks you inherited in exchange for confidential information, processing fees, and a whole lot of waiting for nothing.

2. Lottery and Sweepstakes Scam

Ever dreamed of making it big in the lottery and sweepstakes for years? Suddenly, a text, e-mail, or letter delivers the surprising news that you are now worth millions or billions. The catch is that you have to reply quickly or risk losing your so-called win. Like the inheritance letter fraud, the person from the other end asks for your bank and personal details, with a hefty fee on the side for so-called processing – which never happens, by the way.

3. Pyramid Schemes

Recruitment is not usually a bad thing, but in pyramid scheming it is. After you have shelled out money for the promise of earning big, you are then enticed to recruit other people to invest in a certain franchise or product so that you can get profit from their investment. However, this system spells trouble because it will eventually collapse when all the potential investors are exhausted, leaving you and your investment to fall on the wayside.

Should you fall into any of these traps and need professional and legal help, there are many legal agencies that you can invest in such as a Tulsa criminal attorney, who can defend your freedom and your future in money matters and beyond.

Things to Consider Before Getting a Loan for Business Financing

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Before making that bold decision to take out a loan for your business infrastructure, you need to think about it very carefully. Yes, location and equipment are very essential and indispensable part of your business. However, you need to weigh the productivity and market of your business against the cost of the loan. Remember, you would be dealing with monthly amortization as well as interest of the loan.

Is your business ready for a loan?

Another thing that needs to be considered is the age of your business. Is it a start-up or already a stable one? Getting a loan when your business is still s start-up can prove to be detrimental and will turn out to cause more harm than good. That is because your financial liability will skyrocket when you have not yet made a good foothold in the market.

The decision would be easier to make if the business is already stable, one that is in operation for at least six months onwards. It would also help if you have a large business market or if your line of business is trendy. These would assure you that your business will have the capacity to generate income to pay the loan, cover operational expenses and still have enough for your profits.

For example, someone who is into the business process outsourcing industry for two years will likely take out a loan for new computers in times that a new client will come in. He can also use part of the loan to improve his network by upgrading to dark fibre with this provider. He can opt for a loan since he knows he has a stable business and his market is secure.

Try out alternative sources

On the other hand, if yours is a small, home-based business it would be best to look for alternative sources of funding. Although taking out a loan should not be discarded all together, you just have to look for other sources which can potentially help lower down the amount needed to be loaned. That way, you can be certain you and your small business would not be totally burdened with monthly payment and interests.

Loan financing for your business is not a bad thing. However, getting one prematurely, or when it is uncalled for can be dangerous for you and your business so be very wise in making that decision.

Ideal Office for a Small Financial Company

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Today I realized I haven’t really explored the topic of the ideal office space size for a small general finance business. I have been offering suggestions to friends and acquaintances regarding office choices for their businesses but I haven’t really made my piece on how a startup financial company’s office should be like.

Admittedly, this topic is not my expertise. I’m more of the accounting and financial decision making guy. However, since this site is also about investing decisions, I think I have a few useful insights worth sharing. I can’t just avoid this topic since I may eventually have address this issue in my own business. You never know.

For this discussion, I would like to focus on the office for a new company. I remember discussing plans of running my own startup in Illinois with some friends several years ago. I can still recall some of my thoughts regarding business establishment and operations back then.

  • Since a general finance company needs frequent interfacing with people, the office should be located in a populated area like the financial district in a downtown metro. It should be in some place with high pedestrian traffic or at least somewhere people can conveniently drop by. Location is a very important factor. Of course you will have to spend more for office spaces in prime areas but the advantages are worth considering. Chicago office spaces like the ones listed here, for example, are excellent locations and can be a good choice since more people mean more business for the company.
  • The office does not have to be very wide but it should have a comfortable reception and/or waiting area. It’s always an advantage being able to leave a good impression to customers.
  • Naturally, the office should also be highly secure. A general finance company is a no-brainer target for thieves and robbers. The walls should be made of durable concrete. The doors and windows should not easily fall to break-ins.
  • The interiors of the office should be well designed and decorated. It’s important to establish a good business image. Everything in the office should be properly organized. Signs and informative posters should be posted strategically. The overall appeal of the office should be warm and accommodating.

I know these are rather broad pointers but I think they can serve as good guides for those who are still looking for or are already preparing the offices for their businesses.

Wall Street: Where Money Never Sleeps

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in News | 0 comments


New York’s Wall Street is the financial center of the United States. It is where the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank is located, as well a host of bank headquarters. When one mentions Wall Street, money is the first thing that comes to mind. We think of the biggest banks and men and women in crisp power suits talking about billions and billions of dollars.

That is partly true. In essence, the trading and deals continue long after the stock exchange bell rings.
Here, the leading banks of the world conduct transactions that determine pretty much how the rest of the financial industry will behave. Every single day, reporters and news cameras closely watch Wall Street events and people hoping to be the first one to break the most important news of the day. Investment bankers and analysts are also top celebrities whenever the topic of investment and finance is discussed.

According to urban legend, Wall Street became the financial hub that we know it today because of a rule or requirement by the New York Stock Exchange. Supposedly, all brokerage firms were required to have offices in the area so clerks will not have a difficult time sending their paper copy of stock certificates. These bonds are sent out each week and having offices scattered around Manhattan would have made all the stock certificates impossible to deliver.

Wall Street is also home to thousands of employees, both locals and expatriates. The finance center serves as an important source of revenue not only for the residents of New York but also the government as well. Imagine how much taxes are collected from Wall Street alone each and every year! The high-rises in the area are also impressive and awe-inspiring.

If you’re interested to see what Wall Street is like, you can go to this website and plan US tours with your coworkers. Not only will you be able to tour around this famous financial landmark, you can also enjoy other great spots in New York such as Broadway and see the Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island. Extend your stay a few days and visit Disney World over at Florida for some fun.

Profitable Jobs: Binary Options Trading

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in News | 0 comments

In today’s world, many people have the need to work a second job in order to just make meets end. Unfortunately, even by doing such a thing, most people who have second jobs end up not being able to meet the demands of daily life. This shouldn’t be the case at all, and in this post, I’m going to talk about one part-time job that people would really do well to consider working: binary options trading (learn more here). Compared to most other kinds of part-time work, doing binary options trading a few hours a day often proves to be a lot more financially rewarding. And considering that it can be done from the comfort of one’s home, it’s easy to see why so many people end up doing it on the side for the long term.

There are many reasons why binary options trading proves to be both very popular and very profitable. One reason happens to be the fact that it is very easy to do. To do binary options trading, people just have to buy options from brokerages and then place trades on them. To place a trade on an option, people just have to choose between calling or putting on it. Making the correct choice always leads to one earning a fixed amount of money.

Of course, although it might seem very easy, there are still some considerations people need to take care of in order to make sure that they really make a lot of money off binary options trading. One of these considerations happens to be choosing the right brokerage. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of binary options brokerages out there that are illegal and work to scam their clients. Worse still, they actually continue to succeed in doing so.

The good news is that it’s rather easy to avoid them; all it takes is a little bit of research. There are many legitimate brokerages that operate in the country, but for this post, I’m only going to recommend one: Banc de Binary.

Banc de Binary is one of the best binary options brokerages in the world. Aside from being regulated by the CySec, it offers many amazing services that improve the binary options trading experience of people. These services include binary options trading signals, providing access to hundreds of underlying assets from many different markets, and an intuitive, comprehensive trading platform. Most people who work with Banc de Binary (click this link to know more about the brokerage) end up finding financial success.

Hopefully, this post of mine proves helpful to all of my readers. For tomorrow’s post, I’m going to talk about investing in stocks. Investing in stocks may seem like something that’s very hard to get into, but it isn’t. Once you go through some basic stuff on how to do it, you’re all set to make a profit off stocks. Of course, this isn’t to say that trading stocks is very easy to do. Even the smallest mistakes in the trading of stocks can result in one losing a lot of money. Still, so long as one does their best, they’ll do great trading stocks. Anyhow, do visit my site again tomorrow to know more about these things.

 

Ensure Your Financial Stability Through Binary Options Trading

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in News | 0 comments

In today’s world, it is important for people to do everything they can to ensure that they stay financially stable. By doing so, they are able to make sure that they will be able to weather whatever financial problem that comes their way. In today’s world, one can never be too complacent with regard to their financial stability. This is because the global economy is more unstable than it ever has been. Unless one makes it a point to do everything they can to ensure that they stay financially stable, they might not be able deal with financial problems that catch them by surprise.

The good news for everyone is that today, there are so many ways of making a fair bit of extra money on the side. For this post, I am going to concentrate on one of them: binary options trading. As long as you make it a point to work with a legitimate brokerage, you can be sure that binary options trading stays a safe endeavour for you.

How does one do binary options trading anyway? To do binary options trading, people just have to create an account with a legitimate brokerage and then start dealing with options. To earn money off options, people just have to correctly guess whether the values of the assets they are for are going to increase or decrease after some time. A correct guess will always lead to people earning a fixed amount of money. When you think about these things, you realize the binary options trading really is great and easy way to earn a fair bit of money on the side.

Of course, it’s very important that people choose to work with a brokerage that is legitimate. Should they end up working with a brokerage that isn’t legitimate, they will ultimately lose all of their hard-earned money in due time. Obviously, nobody would want to get into such a situation. In my case, I do binary options trading at Banc de Binary.

So many traders from all over the world prefer trading at Banc de Binary, and this is because it is the only brokerage that is regulated by CySec. When people work with Banc de Binary, they can be sure that all of their trading activities are under the protection of the strict trading laws of the EU. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the brokerage offers amazing services such as an amazing trading platform, binary options trading signals, etc.

Hopefully, this post of mine ends up proving helpful to all of my readers who are trying to find ways of making a fair bit of money on the side. Tomorrow, I am going to talk about another form of online trading that my readers would also do well to look into. I do understand that binary options trading isn’t for everyone, so if you find that you don’t want to get into it, do visit my site again tomorrow. What I will talk about tomorrow should provide you a great alternative.

How Lack of Sleep Can Affect You Financially

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in News | 0 comments

We all know how important it is for our body to have enough sleep. It is recommended for an individual to have eight hours of sleep every night. However, due to various factors, some people find it difficult to get proper rest.

One of the common reasons why people are having difficulty sleeping is stress. The mind cannot relax, making it impossible to sleep. Physical pain is also another possible cause. Lack of sleep is not just bad for the health, but it can also have a negative effect on your finances.

Increased Medical Bills

As mentioned, not having enough sleep is not good for your health. It weakens the immune system, making you prone to sickness. If you get sick, aside from the hospital bill or fee to your doctor, you also need to pay for your medicines. This is an added expense on your budget and a costly one.

More at Risk of Accidents

Without proper sleep, it would also be difficult for you to focus, especially when driving. Many road accidents are caused by the driver not having enough sleep. You may need to spend money for the damages of the vehicle and your injuries. This may also put your life at risk.

Less Productive

Your mind would not function properly without the right amount of sleep. This could affect your productivity at work. If you fail to deliver a quality job, you may not get the promotion you need. Worse, it may cause you to lose your work.

Outsourcing the Job

If you continue to have sleepless nights, not only will you lose focus to do your work, but your physical strength as well. This may force you to hire someone to do the job for you, which of course, would cost you some cash.

Poor Decisions

Since your mind is unclear, it could affect your decision making and you may end up making bad decisions that could cost you money.

Get proper sleep to prevent these things from happening. To get more information on what is sleep, you may visit http://sleep-centre.ca/tsc/what-is-sleep/. You will also find tips on how to have a good night sleep on the site.

Tips on Saving Money When Moving Houses

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in News | 0 comments

At the end of every house rental contract, it is always a hassle to wait and see whether the contract would be renewed or cancelled. In case of the latter, the tiresome cycle of moving out and settling in a new place begins. Imagine if you could save up good money in this process and help yourself finance any other important to-do activity in your list such as a new laptop or a vacation? Inspired by Earmark, we have compiled a few tips on how you could save yourself some cash and reward yourself with a long awaited purchase. 

Move Within the Same Vicinity
Moving houses have always been costly, but moving further away in another area or town adds up to the cost. The longer the distance would be, the greater amount of fee moving companies would collect. Thus, save the cash by moving nearby as the time, effort and energy; everything would be reduced by choosing a place in the neighborhood along with lesser chances of landing in a higher rental bracket. 

Negotiate on New Rental Advance Payment
Try out your communication and negotiation skills when deciding the advance payment on your new contract. If it can be adjusted to a lower level from the advance that would be returned from your current landlords, this amount can either be saved or simply used in adjusting the moving costs without adding a dime from your own pocket. 

Adopt the Minimalist Approach
The lesser furniture and house items you would have for moving, the lesser would be the cost for re-settling in your new house. The moving caravan that would need to be hired would definitely be smaller and the helpers needed for setting the new place up would be lesser and will work for smaller time duration. For this, go on a major de-cluttering job and dispose off all uncanny and un-useful things that haven't been touched or used for the past two years. Either hold a garage sale at home for earning cash or simply get a dumpster rental on affordable terms and clean out your living space, some good dumpster rental deals can be found at http://www.beachcans.com

Handling Inheritance Money Wisely

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in News | 0 comments

So you were fortunate enough to be at the receiving end of a financial windfall when a relative left you a substantial amount in his will. Being overwhelmed can be an understatement especially if the inheritance is unexpected. Inheriting money can provide you with many financial options; however, it is like a double-edged sword. It can lead you to financial independence or you can end up being penniless. This is why it is very important to handle inheritance money wisely.

Once you get hold of the money, be careful not to go on a spending spree no matter how tempting that may be. Take a step back and assess your situation. First, make sure that there are no legal encumbrances to the will and the inheritance. You can seek legal advice from a law office that offers this type of service, such as those provided by McGlashan and Mackinnon. The firm specializes in family law Edmonton, Canada, and this site will give you an overview of what type of legal services you can avail of from a similar firm

After you have determined that you are free to use the money at your discretion, it is time to take stock of your current financial situation. If you have mortgage payments and credit card debts to settle, pay them off. The same goes for any debt you might have. Use a portion of the funds to get a good insurance. Of course, your strategy will depend on your age and how much you owe, or if you have other family members to support.

It would also be advisable to save a portion of the money as your emergency fund. This amount is equivalent to six to eight months’ worth of your family’s monthly living expenses that you should set aside for use in emergencies. This fund should be kept in liquid investments so you can withdraw them immediately when the need arises. Your financial strategy should also include funding your retirement. Place your money in investments that will make you earn a monthly income that is larger than your monthly expenses so you won’t have to worry about making ends meet when you retire.

Receiving a substantial inheritance can be a curse or a blessing; and you alone can decide in which direction you will take. However, you can be certain of a more stable financial future if you stick to a sound financial plan and use your inheritance money wisely.