• July 31, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Entrepreneurs are born, not made, but thirst for freedom is the spark that ignites.”
    — Wilson Harrell

    What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur in today’s business world? Well, there are many giants of business you could ask, but you would be hard pressed to find anyone better than Wilson Harrell. Read about a country boy who became a marketing guru and entrepreneur. He is quite simply a business legend.

    Born in Georgia, 1919, Wilson Harrell, world renowned entrepreneur and marketing guru was a man of strong conviction. In his great business journey, he lived a glamorous life all through. Not all know that Wilson was a fighter pilot in World War II and received Purple heart, Air medal with 4 oak leaves and also the President Citation.

    It all began with Wilson Harrell & Company started by Wilson himself after the war. The company distributed Kraft products to huge military PX market and in very less time the company sales reached $200 million. But Wilson had other ideas, he sold the distribution company. Then he bought Formula 409, a household cleaner product company for $30,000 and turned it around. He later sold the company for $7 million and bought 60 food brokerage companies whose total sale exceeded $500 million.

    All in all, Wilson started over 100 companies and turned around a few. He was voted America’s no.1 columnist for the year 1995 and 1996 by the American society of Business for his monthly contribution to the Success Magazine. Wilson was also the past publisher of INC. magazine.

    Along with being the Founder/Chairman of council of growing companies, nationwide organization, Wilson was also the leader and voice of entrepreneur’s movement in America. His book “For Entrepreneurs Only” was a bestseller and still one of the most admired in this genre.

    In his book, he discussed the hunters and farmers of cave man age. He reasoned from science and a variety of studies that genes are passed down and often entrepreneurs are the children of entrepreneurs. At some point thousands of years ago, entrepreneurs were the hunters of our world while the farmers tend to be employees.

    He enjoyed great success in life and died in 1997 at the age of 78 from lung cancer.

    “I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
    I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
    And now the tears subside
    I find it all so amusing
    To think-I did it all that
    And may I say
    Not in a shy way
    Oh no, oh no not me, I did it my way”

    – Source-“For Entrepreneurs Only” from Wilson Harrell.

  • July 27, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    Car Finance and Broking

    The abundance of available options today in the car finance market really makes it difficult for anyone to put their trust and money within reach of one. In the post-recession period, the market specially the investment and finance market remains to be struggling to cope up with the massive losses they incurred when the meltdown happened. After that, financing institutions and firms happen to have been a stricter with policies and regulations and that is what makes it even more difficult for individuals getting a car.

    In the part of youngsters wanting to buy a car using their own money , they seem to be more helpless with the situation simply because that they lack any credit score to back them up. This is due to financial companies fear that they will not make it to pay the loans they grab as time passes. As you see, even those people who are already working or persons who have retired find it difficult to obtain a car finance if they will not hold a trusted credit sheet.

    Come to think about the scenario if car finance brokers are not in the way. They are the who make everything in the car finance market simple for you in exchange for a commission as soon as the work has been done. This is any day far better than dealing with mounds of documentation with Greek terminologies in them and jargon which simply tangent off your head! Furthermore, car finance brokers ensures that you’ll never fall into the wrong company who unexpectedly changes rates after closing the deal with them.

    Best things about Hiring A Car Finance Broker

    – Helps save effort and time from attending long meetings and discussions with some other financial companies.

    – No seeing the bank for help often.

    – Let you rest assured that the option you select among the other options he present you with are of complete transparency.

    – Any part of the documentation you’re uneasy with or do not understand will simply be made understandable to you.

    – Helps you worry not get an ideal car finance even when you have no or bad credit score.

    – Unlike from approaching car finance alone, you’ll never be rest assured that you will get the best among the best deals offered.

    – The question of whether you will get a broker for your car finance or not all depends on you and also your money.

    The world wide web is a good place in which you can start searching for a good car finance broker. Remember, the world wide web is today’s new marketplace. After you have a good car finance broker, just be sure you arrange a meeting with the representative and proceed with all your plans of buying the dream car that you always desired to!

  • July 25, 2017 /  Trade & Franchise
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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.

  • July 19, 2017 /  Trade & Franchise
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    If you’re interested in investing in holiday franchises, then you will want to read this article. In this article we will discuss what makes holiday franchises successful, and what to look for before investing in a holiday franchise opportunity. After reading this article you should be able to assess whether or not a holiday franchise is right for you, and if so which one would be a good investment.

    Every business has a time of year where it is more profitable than any other time. Most good holiday franchises peak out during a specific holiday like Halloween, Valentine’s Day or Christmas. However, most successful holiday franchises are able to sustain business throughout the rest of the year or Elise break even with costs, or can operate profitably only a few times a year, and then close down for the rest of the season.

    Secondly, they can work in reverse. Some businesses that are very successful overall, are even more successful during the holidays. Look at UPS — it’s not specific to holidays, but during holidays when everybody’s buying gifts for loved ones across the country, they will need a way to deliver those packages. This is what makes the UPS franchise such a great holiday business. Things to consider when looking for holiday franchises is to think outside of the box.

    If you’re stuck for ideas on different holiday franchises to look at, think about what businesses complement different holidays. For example, Ms. Fields cookies are perfect for Christmas, because Santa Claus is known to eat cookies. Not only that, people like to buy cookies for gifts for Christmas. If there’s a certain holiday you’d love to have a business franchise revolve around, think of all the complementary goods that are related to the holiday. Make a list, and then analyze different franchise opportunities which coincides with that list.

    I recommend looking at Holiday Franchises as a way to add to your franchising portfolio, not for someone that is just getting started. While these franchises can give you so much success in the holiday months that is makes up for the lack of profit during the off-season, it can very risk to put all your faith in just a couple of months. For example, what if one Christmas season there was a shipping scare due to terrorism? You as the franchisor could of just lost tens, possible hundreds of thousands of dollars due to the lack of faith in the shipping industry.

    Finally, a holiday franchises is just like any other franchise. It needs to have a proven track record, a profitable business model, and the demographics in your area you to coincide with the demand for the franchise. Do your homework, and make sure you get a franchise lawyer to analyze the franchise agreement.

    In conclusion, follow the advice given in this article and you should be well on your way to finding the right holiday franchise that fits your needs perfectly.

  • July 19, 2017 /  Business Center
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    As a small business owner, it is very important to project the best of your business and impress your callers. The auto attendant VoIP phone system can make your small business sound more professional. It has extensive advanced call handling features incorporated into it to manage all your business calls efficiently and make your business look like a Fortune 500 company.

    Sphisticated Call Handling Service

    Without the support of a live telephone operator, the auto attendant can perform all call handling functions reliably and efficiently. Callers are greeted with professional sounding welcome messages. These messages can be personalized to present your business in a professional manner. Calls are managed through interactive, impressive voice responses as their calls are connected to extension lines.

    As an initial interface in call management, it is possible to connect calls to the required extensions using a menu of options including dial by extension, dial by name, dial by department or zero out to live operator. With these professional phone services offered by the virtual receptionist, the callers will feel like they are interacting with an established company.

    Useful VoIP Auto Attendant Solutions

    The auto attendant offers impressive call management features which include:

    Find-me/Follow-me call forwarding If you are traveling or in some distant location, the calls to your office will be efficiently redirected to the given cell numbers, home phones or other personal numbers. Calls to a certain phone extension will be routed through the predefined list one by one, until someone attends the call.
    Voicemail to Email If any calls are unattended, they will be automatically directed to the voice mail boxes of these phone systems. These voice messages will be further forwarded to your email account. The call forwarding system of the PBX system offers your workers a lot of independence as they can work from home or any other convenient location.
    Music on Transfer You can upload music-on-hold facility to facilitate your callers, when the calls are being transferred to a different extension.
    Features and functionalities are not just limited to these. Other functionalities include groups, conference rooms, call queues and much more. The auto attendant phone system to makes your small business sound more professional and credible.

  • July 18, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    Top water bass fishing can be some of the most exciting action you will ever have on the lake. When the fish are hitting the top, the action can be fast and furious all day long. Sometimes though, even though they are hitting the top, they are still sitting in beds of grass or lily pads.

    The Yum money hound will let you to make the most of your quality time on the lake, because it allows you to rig the lure in a weedless style.

    Not only do you lose more lures, but you have to clean your hooks on just about every cast! Cleaning hooks is not the way I like to spend my time on the lake. That’s why I bought the Yum money hound.

    There aren’t any top water, hard plastic baits that let you fish in the weeds without fear like the Yum money hound will. The great part is, the weedless feature of the bait, without sacrificing the action of a hard plastic.
    To get the most out of the bait, you will need two things: a simple razor blade, and an EWG (extra wide gap) hook.

    With the razor blade, cut carefully along the narrow bottom strip of the bait. Now rig the EWG hook through the nose, and back through the body of the bait almost like you were rigging a worm.

    These two steps will help you in two different ways. The EWG is a wide gap hook, which lets you set the hook more effectively, and will give you a better strike to catch ratio. Cutting the bottom of the bait lets the hook penetrate through the bait, into the lip of the fish much easier when you set the hook.

    You can still do well if you don’t cut the bait, but you must have the wide gap hook. Otherwise, you will be setting the hook, and losing a lot of fish during the fight.

  • July 16, 2017 /  Trade & Franchise
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    Forex trade management software is becoming a vital tool for people looking to seriously trade the currency markets. While there are now a few different applications available that will help with managing your trades, these can vary greatly from a simple spreadsheet to a more detailed and comprehensive solution. So it’s worth investigating what options are available for forex trade management software to ensure that you get something which will really maximizing your trading experience and build your skills. In particular you should look for software that will log, manage, and track your trades while also facilitating risk management strategies and performance analysis. Better quality solutions will also have advanced features such as screenshot uploads, news announcement features, integration with other platforms, price feeds, and professional trading tools.

    Forex trade management software is essentially a tool to manage your trades from conception until completion. Managing your trades effectively means clearly seeing the rationale behind a trade decision and then following it through until the position is closed in accordance with your specific trading plan. Trade management becomes particularly important as the number of your trades increases. At any one point in time you may have a large number of open positions to consider. These trades may be based on varying strategies and also have different timeframes or currency pairs.

    While a trader usually has a clear idea about why he entered a trade, and the specific goal or target for it, this can easily be forgotten or ignored when you have multiple open positions that may extend over differing periods. It is easy to lose track of your trades and your overall goals. A person’s ability to master effective trade management is what separates them from being a novice to being a successful long-term trader.

    Forex trade management software is a resource used by professional traders to enable them to invest with structure and confidence. It allows a trader to address the following:

    Rules
    Determine and utilize a set of rules, based on a specific trading plan, before entering into a trade. This can be used as a checklist to assist decision making and later position reviews.

    Reasons
    Record the particular reasons behind a position and the anticipated result or timeframe. It can also keep notes on the type of trade, charts used, and profit goals.

    Adjust
    Flexibility to analyze and then potentially adjust stops and relevant targets. This may also lead to
    splitting a trade and taking partial profits or losses.

    Review
    It is important to undertake regular review and analysis of your trading performance. This will facilitate better long-term decision making and increased confidence.

  • July 15, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    ICICI Bank has concluded the sale of its network of electronic point of sales (PoS) terminals that accept Credit Card and Debit Card payments to First Data Corporation (FDC). The bank has hived off its network of over 1.5 lakh electronic swipe machines to a separate company ICICI Merchant Services. First Data has bought an 81% stake in the company which has been valued at a little over $90 million.

    When contacted, ICICI Bank refused to comment on the transaction. The bank has, however, communicated to merchants having ICICI Bank terminals that the PoS network has been transferred to ICICI Merchant Services. First Data, along with partner banks, is keen to proliferate payment transactions not just at top retailers but also through small cities or towns in India, said Amrish Rau, country manager, First Data Corporation.

    Referring to the transaction with ICICI Bank, Mr Rau said an announcement would be made in due course. Mr Rau, who represents First Data in the country, is likely to head the new payments company. First Data is a US-based company that has been created after banks farmed out their back office processing systems into a separate company. FDC is presently owned by private equity giant KKR.

    The Reserve Bank of India has already given clearance for the deal. According to banking sources, the deal value has gone up after RBI said that merchant establishments, including grocery stores and supermarkets, could swipe customer cards and offer them cash.

    In addition to unlocking value, ICICI Bank expects that the specialised company will bring down transactions costs and also grow the payment network more efficiently. This is the first time that an Indian bank has hived off its PoS terminal network.

    So far it has been foreign banks that have outsourced these functions but their network is of much smaller scale.

    ICICI Merchant Services will earn a fee every time a credit cards or debit cards transaction is processed through the point of sale network. The fee is usually borne by the merchant and a large part of it goes to the card issuing bank. This is in lieu of the credit that the issuing bank extends to the cardholder until the end of the billing cycle. A smaller part of the commission goes to the bank owning the PoS terminal (acquiring bank) and smaller portion to the payment company Mastercard or Visa.

    Incidentally, State Bank of India has for some time expressed its intention to set up a network of half a million point of sales terminals. To build this network the bank had earlier sought partners. However, the project was shelved as the bank decided to take a more holistic approach of its payments business.

  • July 15, 2017 /  Business Center
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    Marketing is the keyword which makes businesses run, no matter what their running capital is. From huge energy companies to companies who sell sports goods, you always require a good marketing tool or a help to get your job done. Small business marketing is a tricky area and if the marketing is not proper, it can even kill your business.

    This is where Ad trackers come to bail out and rescue small businesses. Advertising a small business with an Ad tracker helps you monitor your online advertising expenditure against your actual earnings and revenues from the website, in real time. This way you can know which ads produce results for you and which do not and hence choose ads accordingly.

    This will undoubtedly help you market your small business in a better way by attracting the right traffic to your website. Let us see the other attractive ways by which you can market your small business for FREE.

    Online free video sharing sites like YouTube.

    Create a Jingle!

    Use the jingle as your caller tune!

    Ad tracking = Affiliate Marketing

    Undoubtedly, a lot of money can be made from affiliate marketing, more precisely Ad tracking. People are making money and the very fact that they are making money by launching not-so-useful sites must wake you up and get running to get affiliate marketing tools to your benefit.

    The catch lies in how smartly you choose your ads. For example, the most incentive oriented affiliate product might not bring in good revenues! It depends on the relevance of the product with your small business and also how the ad is being displayed on the site. It is not hard to imagine that flashy sites with some relevance will get clicked on first than those ad links which are in words only.

    If you can use Ad trackers, you will benefit from the software and get more worth and return for your vested business. This can be found from a service provider with some monthly fees or can be purchased with a 2-3 year license or as the product comes with. The best part is that they keep their algorithms updated by synchronizing with their main server and thereby giving you the best results. This is handy tool to organize your small business especially if youre hosting advertisements for multiple affiliate products.

    There are other ways to run a business than to just run it on pure gut feeling or intuitions. You may get lucky once, twice or even thrice, but will not be able to sustain a long run. Planning is therefore of prime importance and small business marketing with advertisement trackers can help you achieve the optimum.

  • July 14, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    Egypt’s transformation into one of the emerging economic powerhouses of the twenty-first century has been powered by a combination of smart, reformist economic policies and the hard work and innovation of the private sector. To business leaders here, success is about more than just profits.

    Egypt needs to create over 700,000 new jobs every single year, which will require average economic growth of 7% per annum,” says Hassan Abdalla, vice chairman and managing director of Arab African International Bank (AAIB), one of the nation’s leading private-sector financial institutions.

    iven the depth of the Egyptian market, he stresses the need to broaden the financial system beyond banking to include other forms of financing such as private equity funds, consumer finance companies, especially mortgage finance, leasing and venture capital. Empowering SMEs is another crucial area for invigorating the financial system. To a considerable extent, these developments are in the process, but they need to have the proper regulations to have them work effectively. This is perceived as increasingly the role to be played by the private sector and NGOs with the government role tilting towards becoming the regulator.

    Arab African International Bank is well-equipped to lead change in the Egyptian financial market. Abdalla is the CEO who leveraged the bank to become a forerunner in the Egyptian market in a record time. A visionary banker with a piercing insight partly attributed to his long experience in international financial markets in Europe and the U.S, a deep feel of the potentials of the local market and the inherent competitiveness of AAIB. “It is our deep knowledge of the market, our ability to move fast, our ability to face less risk in innovative ways, and to serve our clients with deep understanding of their needs”, he says.

    Established as the first private sector bank in Egypt in 1964, AAIB has placed itself at the centre of an exciting emerging economy through a long, successful history that has combined innovation and trusted partnerships with its customers – from individual account holders to industrial conglomerates. AAIB has posted the industry’s top growth figures for five years running as the Egyptian economy liberalizes and expands. From being the first bank to introduce a foreign currency trading desk in the 1960s to the introduction of credit cards in the 1980s and smart cards in 2003, AAIB has always ensured that its clients enjoy innovative services from a trusted local partner. The bank’s status as the leading private-sector player in Egypt has been affirmed by awards from international observers including Euromoney (“Best Bank in Egypt” for 2007) and the Financial Times, whose banking publication The Banker named AAIB Egypt’s “Bank of the Year” in 2006. International ratings agency Moody’s, in recognizing the bank’s solid prospects moving forward, upgraded its credit rating for the bank in 2006, moving it from an “A” with a positive outlook to “A+” with a stable outlook.