Articles from: September 2017

Owning A Courier Franchise A Tough, But Rewarding Opportunity

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Many people would think that owning a courier franchise is a simple, easy way to make money. Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. It’s not simply a case of collecting, shipping and delivering a bunch of parcels. If you were the only employee, driving the only vehicle, and your route was only running between two or three small towns – maybe. Different vehicles, different drivers, different locations, and franchise standards makes for a very lucrative, but challenging opportunity
A courier franchise is a very profitable business opportunity. Buying into a solid, proven company, means that you access their market leverage. The group has a track record. The group is known for its services. The group covers a wide area, offering more possibilities to the customer. The group has been branded thoroughly over the years, saving you from having to do so. Being part of a group allows you to share in business generated by other branches, setting you up for a flying start.
You have to keep in mind that the group as a whole has established a standard you will have to adhere to. You will be expected, by both the group and the public, to perform in accordance to the existing track record. Remember that high standards in service delivery is part of the group’s marketing campaign, and a fortune is spent putting that message across. The perception was created to give them an edge in the market, but you as a franchise owner have to deliver on that promise in order to retain market leverage.
As the draw card for customer acquisition is service excellence, you will have to deliver on that promise, regardless of what could go wrong. The client pays to have a task executed, and you have to resolve any situations that may arise along the way. You have to be prepared to deal with vehicle breakdowns, delays in flight schedules, people getting sick, and drivers getting stuck in traffic.
The one advantage of being in such a demanding industry, is the high profitability. The fact that so many factors contribute to management stress, means that many people pass up on this opportunity, making it even more lucrative for those getting into it. The popularity of your courier franchise service is likely to grow, as more and more people opt for the time saving convenience it offers.
The ever increasing pace of business is bound to result in even more growth for the courier industry. And as a courier franchise service, you have to “outrun” the corporate world, and deliver documents before the next meeting. Businesses have come to depend on, and became accustomed to, the quick and timely delivery service. The expectations are high, but so are the rewards. Is it for you?

Books To Help Finance Your Projects After Film Courses

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You are determined to become a filmmaker. You’ve already taken your first step: applying to film schools. In Canada and abroad, there are many choices. Your life feels ripe with possibility. But you have one fear that haunts you. You wonder if you will really have what it takes after graduation from film courses to make your dreams come true. You have plenty of ideas for movies, that’s for sure. But that doesn’t mean that you know how to finance one. Here are three book ideas to calm these kinds of fears, common amongst new applicants to film schools.

1. 43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film by John W. Cones

In this book, entertainment lawyer John Cones shares his insider knowledge gleaned from almost two decades helping independent filmmakers navigate the multifaceted world of movie financing. Although the author is based in Los Angeles – where else? – the book includes a discussion of financing from countries other than the United States, and is, therefore, appropriate for new applicants to film schools in Canada and abroad.

This book may turn up on the curriculum of your film courses, but there’s no harm in beginning your research early. Reading on your own increases the likelihood that when you do finally graduate that you will have a firm grounding in such topics as:

industry financing (What is this? It is basically funding by your peers, i.e., other, more established graduates of film schools)
investor financing
lender financing

2. The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Get Charitable Donations From Individuals in a Houseparty Setting by Morrie Warshawski

Although this book could be of use to any kind of fundraiser, it is written with filmmakers in mind. The author explains how graduates of film schools can organize a compelling event, touching on such details as:

planning committees
invitations
food and drink
presentations
thank yous

Warshawski emphasizes the importance of graduates of film courses appealing to the emotions of their potential donors, something to which their craft, fortunately, is uniquely well suited. What is the role of film schools if not to teach students how to appeal to the emotions of their audience?

3. Shaking the Money Tree, 3rd Edition: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video, also by Morrie Warshawski

In this book, Warshawski tackles that topic of supreme interest to staff and students of film schools in Canada and abroad: how to write a winning grant application. This kind of knowledge can even help students in film schools finance their productions for film courses.

If you are anxiously awaiting a wave of fateful letters from films schools in Canada and elsewhere in the world, calm your nerves by advancing your studies on your own. Who knows, it may help you finance one of your film school’s productions once you finally do get that longed for acceptance letter!

How To Gauge The Volatility Of A Stock Market Investment

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Do Your Research
You can find a great deal of information in the stock tables of your local newspaper, or your favorite financial industry publication. Those stock tables contain a wealth of information you can use to gauge the volatility of a stock market investment. Turn to the stock table in your favorite financial publication. Locate the 52-week high and low for each stock you plan to invest in.

Compare the 52-week high for the stock to the 52-week low. The difference between the 52-week high and the low is a good indicator of how volatile the stock has been over the last year, and how volatile it is likely to be in the future.

Contact the Company
Contact the investor relations department at each company and request a copy of the annual report. Some companies publish these reports online, so you might be able to find past annual reports on the company’s website. If not, check the website and find the contact information for the investor relations department.

Review the price history of the stock as shown in the annual report. A wide spread between the annual highs and lows for the stock is an indication of a highly volatile stock. A company whose share price has been more consistent has shown far less volatility.

Practice on Paper
Create a paper portfolio and track your stocks over a period of several months. List each stock on a separate line and list the daily or weekly price in each column. Tracking the stock price over time will give you a good indication of how volatile the stock is.

While nothing can totally eliminate the inherent volatility of investing in the stock market, there are a number of strategies you can use to reduce the risks of the stock market and increase your odds of finding a winning investment.

One Sure Way To Find A Reliable Loan Modification,

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Eventually you may need to pick a loan modification specialist. This can be very difficult if you don’t know what to do. One way to find a specialist is to do a little investigating, ask a few friends for advice, or consult some professionals who work in this area. Here are some guidelines.

One sure way to find a reliable loan modification specialist or modification firm is to ask people who have used the services of such professionals in the past. Personal recommendations might not give you many names. You may need to explore other avenues of finding help. There are other means of finding a loan modification specialist. Ask your local real estate broker. Due to the very nature of their business, they will know lawyers who have had experience with the procedures involved in foreclosure, financial disasters, and loan modifications.

A simple call to your local state bar association can assist you in finding a lawyer who has experience dealing with situations similar to your own. You might not be comfortable letting your lending institution know how difficult things are for you. However, a talk with the bank manager about your situation may also result in a recommendation.

A foreclosure attorney is another source of finding a loan modification specialist. Due to the nature of their business, these lawyers have dealt with loan modifications while representing their clients. They might be reluctant to offer a name, but you won’t know until you ask.

After you have done the research and found some possible loan modification specialists, narrow your list to three choices. Call the attorney or firm and ask if they would be willing to negotiate a loan modification on your behalf. Don’t jump right in to the process and start giving out personal information right away; take some time to get to know who you are hiring. Even then, never give out your mortgage ID number, driver’s license number, social security number or credit card numbers over the telephone

Pertinent Facts on Bank Owned Homes

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Bank owned homes are popular options for people who want to own properties due to their sheer number. When home owners fail to meet their mortgage obligations, the lender will begin foreclosure proceedings that will end with the ownership being transferred to the lender. And since owning homes is not really among the business operations of banks, these homes will be sold on the market at a price that completes the loan that was not paid.

Banks will try to get the best price they could for the homes they sell but they are very open to negotiations because it is more important to sell of these bank owned homes in the soonest time possible. Considered as non-performing assets, banks need to convert them into capital quickly. If buyers are cautious to avoid heavily dilapidated homes, they may be able to acquire a good home at a significantly reduced price, even at half the property’s market value.

The first method a bank would use to sell a property is through an auction at the county courthouse. If the homes do not sell through this manner they will hire a certified real property broker to sell the homes for them. The property will also be included in a multiple listing service, where more people can see the property. While most homes can only be purchased through a bank appointed broker, some banks do accept offers directly from individuals in some cases.

Making an Offer to Buy

An offer to be made to the bank should have the amount that the buyer is willing to pay, a request to inspect the home, the method the buyer will use for paying and for how long the offer is valid. After the bank receives the offer they will most likely make a counter-offer. This is usually done to satisfy the bank stakeholders that the bank tried to get a higher price for the home. At this point the buyer can make one last offer that the bank can either accept or deny.

One thing to look out for when purchasing bank owned homes is the fact that all these homes are sold as is and the bank will not pay for repairs. So when doing your inspection you should carefully assess cosmetic or structural damages and factor the cost of repairs to your offer. Otherwise buying a real estate owned property is neither complicated nor hard and buyers should not be wary of them.

What Is The Role Of A Trade Union

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Most people have heard of trade unions, especially when they appear in the news in connection with teachers’ strikes and such matters, but quite often people do not fully understand the purpose of a trade union, who they represent, and the possible benefits of belonging to a trade union. Do you have to join a trade union? Will you be penalised by your employer if you do? How can a trade union help you? This article seeks to address some of these questions and takes a brief look into the overall role of trade unions.

A trade union is a membership organisation that seeks to help and protect its members in the working environment. Although trade union representatives try to establish and maintain good working relationships with employers – and indeed between their members and those members’ employers – most trade unions are independent of any specific employer.

A trade union will seek to help its members in a whole manner of situations. They may negotiate favourable pay and working conditions for their members and discuss and advice on any big changes taking place in the working environment (such as mass redundancy). They will also talk over with their members any concerns they may have about their working environment and help them to find a solution, accompany them in disciplinary matters and at employment tribunals and provide them with legal and financial advice where needed.

Trade unions may also provide protection and representation for their members outside of the workplace. For example, they may try and place pressure on the government or public bodies to make changes which will benefit their members or may seek to promote their members’ rights and objectives in other ways.

By law, an employer cannot penalise an employee for deciding to join a trade union, deciding not to join a trade union, or deciding to leave a union of which they were previously a member. The decision is entirely up to the employee and they must not be made to feel any pressure about their decision by their employer.

In conclusion, many workers join a trade union because they believe they will be able to negotiate better pay and terms and conditions, they will have access to training for new skills, they feel confident that they will have somebody to turn to – who has their best interests in mind – who will be able to help them with any problems at work. They are also attracted by the prospect of lifelong legal and financial advice that will be made available to them. If you are interested in a joining a trade union you should look for information in your work handbook or contact the TUC for details of your local union.

Copyright (c) 2011 Robert Gray

The Indian Money Market

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The financial scenario at the global level is no more the same as perceived during the end of the year 2008 and the beginning of 2009. Things have improved for the better. Compared to other world markets, the Indian money market is recuperating fast. The panicky situation that prevented many investors to stop investing in the Indian stock market no longer exists. It is now not only Indian investors but also foreign investors and NRIs who have started investing in the Indian money market in bulk, helping the country recover faster than ever. A breath of relief is thus witnessed in the dock, bringing smiles to the lips of investors as well as companies. At one time, the disgusting financial trauma and economical stalemate did turn many bankrupt; many lost their jobs whilst many companies closed down. It will take some time for the other nations to recover.

The Indian money market has been the source of livelihood for millions of people whether it is the financial service providers or the investors themselves. Investing your hard-earned money will certainly bring you gains if you are a wise investor in the Indian stock market. To be able to trade in profitable stocks, update yourself with India market news. It is only through market news that you will know the current market conditions, which sectors are doing well, which are not, and related paraphernalia. Again it is through market news that you come to know about the performance of companies listed in the stock exchanges. But your confidence level of selecting lucrative stocks cannot be served by India market news solely. Besides, you have to be equipped with the basics of other stock market terms, should know how to view charts, view stock quotes, and more. It is only through the A-Z of knowledge of the Indian stock market that you will be able to make a mark in the money market.

Inflation has been on the rise and most investors are more interested in selling the stocks already bought rather than buying new stocks. But this is not always the scenario. Other than stocks, the Indian money market has a number of other investment options. There are a huge section of people who maintain a luxurious life by investing in the money market alone. There are also many who are involved in businesses or certain vocations and market investment is an added money-spinning venture.

Alternative Investments The Modern Way To Gain Higher Returns

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Alternative investments tend to provide to the investor a platform that enables earning of money with much fewer risks involvedand a higher ROI (return on investment). It can also be referred to as investments in hedge funds however it is all strategy related. Some alternative investment strategies may includeconvertible arbitrage, fixed income arbitrage, short bias and equity of market neutral. In most cases financial institutions are the holders of the alternative investments. Although these investments are controversial because of the lack of regulation, still economic analyst gives their views on them. They are also subject to scrutiny by politicians and sometimes lack proper disclosure.

The best thing about alternative investments is the rate of very higher returns than the traditional ones. There are many investment plans like giving by AIM (Alternative Investment Market). Established in 90s this platform has turned out to be more useful than the former Unlisted Securities Market, giving investors a chance to gain some profit and pool in the capital. AIM works for the small investors who are potentially not eligible to be listed in the stocks and gives them a free hand with respect to rules and regulations. Although there are some regulations but they do not torture the investor to increase their capital. The most important feature of AIM is that is does not stop investors by putting a check to the number of shares they can issue in the market. This facility gives investors a chance to increase their ratio in the market without much struggle. In the past few years it has also been seen that some investors with their proper time management and skills have managed to make way to enter the main market after successful results achieved in AIM. The London Stock Market has is the proud founder of AIM and had proved to be a rising star in alternative investments.

It is important to understand that investments are risky therefore wherever you invest in something it is important that care shall be taken. It must also be kept in mind that you are sure that you understand the business you are actually investing in. According to experts investing in your own business or some business that you understand is the key to success. Secondly, the management must be on its toes to make sure that a proper check is being kept on where the expenses are being done. Good investments can be done only if it is realized that the results are not hard to achieve if proper measures are taken.

Alternative Investments only require extra care as they are more risky. For instance if you are investing in some art items, you must be sure that you are actually trying to invest in the original one. To be successful in alternative investments it must be made sure that you understand what a man of ordinary diligence would do in similar circumstances.

Cashing In With A Holiday 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.

Tips On Applying A Savings Account At Pnb Bank Philippines

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Philippines National Bank (PNB) is among the largest banks in the Philippines in terms of assets. It is one of the most established bank in the country and included in the Philippine Stock Exchange.

During the American colonial period, PNB was established by the Philippine government on 1916. In 1980, it became the first universal bank in the country.

If you are thinking to apply for a bank account at PNB, you must prepare all the requirements before going to the bank to have a smooth processing of your application. It would be better if you can also apply for online or mobile banking once you applied for a new bank account.

Internet or phone banking is a good service offered by PNB since it will give you access to your account anytime and anywhere as long as there is an Internet connection. You can also pay your bills like utility bills online if you have Internet banking account.

The guide below can give you an idea on how to open a new PNB bank account. You can follow it for quick processing of your application.

1. Choose the PNB branch you would like to apply for a new bank account. It would be better to select the branch near public roads where there are many means of transportation.

2. Bring complete requirements when opening PNB bank account.

3. Prepare your money for initial deposit of your new bank account. Normally, for ATM and passbook account, the initial deposit would be P5,000 and P10,000 respectively. For applying a peso checking account, the minimum initial deposit would be P10,000.

4. Make sure to bring ball pen because sometimes there is no ball pen available at the bank. It is better to be ready than to have none.

5. Proceed directly to the new account desk when you arrived at the bank. Inform the bank officer you would like to open a new savings account. Fill up all forms and signature cards that will be given to you. Make sure you complete all the required data.

6. After finishing filling up all application forms and signature cards, handle to the bank officer you initial deposit, requirements and forms. This process may take 20 minutes or more since it will undergo checking and approval.

7. Normally, ATM or passbook will be available for pick-up to your PNB branch after 5 banking days had passed or you may ask the bank officer when it will be available to be sure.

PNB is one of the best banks in the country if you are considering to apply for a new savings account. If you want quick processing and approval of your application, remember to bring with you all requirements for opening a new bank account.

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