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Owning a coffee franchise can be a very rewarding experience, but before you sign on the dotted line and start serving hot cups of ‘joe’, there’s certain things you need to know so you can make the right decision. If you go into buying a coffee franchise blindly, you could end up making a very costly mistake.
First things first, get a reality check. You should know going in what kind of money you have to put towards a coffee franchise, you should understand your strengths and weaknesses in running a business and be very honest with yourself about how much time you’re willing to spend in your business. If you do this, you’ll be way ahead of the curve. Don’t jump into any decision. Take your time, consult with franchise experts and do your due diligence.
The attractive thing about owning a coffee franchise is the cash flow and profit margin. People are drinking coffee today like it’s going out of style and they are happily paying upwards of $3 per cup. The real cost of the coffee is under $.25. The profit margins with coffee are HUGE! On the contrary, only making a few bucks per cup isn’t going to get you a mansion in Beverly Hills. A Coffee franchise is 100% a volume business. You have to crank out thousands of cups per month to see any real income. Some of the most successful coffee franchises have drive-thrus which can make up to 70% of the revenues.
The real secret of a coffee franchise is NOT the coffee, but the atmosphere. People can get coffee anywhere, but they come to these shops because of the social element. They come to hang out, conduct business, surf the web, relax, read a book, whatever. That’s why so many coffee franchises have the relaxing and mellow look and feel to them.
However, there are things about a coffee franchise that aren’t so fun from the very start. First, the high start-up costs can be huge. Not only will you have to pay a hefty franchise fee, but then you have to get a location, you’ll have to get equipment, you’ll have inventory to get, fixed costs, variable costs, employee wages and on and on. The costs can be high. Don’t forget about the royalty fees that are based on gross revenues, not net profits.
Now even if you are financially capable of buying the coffee franchise, that won’t matter because there are more pre-qualifiers you must meet. You’re going to need a considerable net worth, a good credit history but the real challenge is that you have to get approval to buy the franchise. If they don’t like you, they won’t sell you a franchise.
Are you contemplating starting a new business? There are some things that youre definitely going to need to think about before heading down that road. Lets talk about a few very important options youll need to consider.
The most difficult part of any new business is getting it started. Youll have a lot of administrative stuff to figure out, and youll need to start getting clients right away. Youve undoubtedly heard that 80% or so of new businesses fail in the first 2 years or so. This number will fluctuate depending on the industry and where you get your numbers from, but in the end its been shown the most new businesses fail.
So why do most new businesses fail? Well, there are a couple of common reasons. One is that a new business fails to advertise like it should. So they fade into nonexistence. This ties into the second common problem which is just running out of money. There are a number of causes for this, but if you run out of money you are pretty much out of business.
Im not trying to demotivate you. But you need to be aware that there are things you can do to improve your chances. Lets look at one.
One way to give yourself a better chance of surviving as a new business is to start as a franchise instead of a brand new business. There are a couple of reasons why this is a good option. First of all, the franchise will teach you how to run their system. They already have a proven track record that will get you started right.
Another great benefit of starting a franchise is you get brand recognition. No one has heard of Bills Best Burgers, but they have heard of McDonalds, Burger King, and a number of other franchises. With all the advertising the franchise does nationally you get immediate recognition when you open your store.
You dont have to just open a franchise in the food industry. You can also open them in just about any other industry you can think of. There are franchises in electronics, batteries, ink cartridges, clothing, and tons of other industries.
So there you have it. Do you start everything from scratch or do you start a franchise? One is definitely a more expensive option, but you will have a much better chance of long term success.
Singapore is a commercial hub, currently there are 140 commercial and 80 merchant banks.It is always advisable before opening a bank account you must browse all information , what facilities different banks offers.There are several banks in singapore such as HSBC, citibank, abn amro, dbs , Standard Chartered etc.All these banks are famous for their customer services, you can choose any of the them.
Some of the well known Singapore Banks
United Overseas (UOB) : It is one of the best bank in singapore, has branches in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China.UOB provide a lots of services such as life assurance, general insurance, corporate finance, investment banking, commercial and corporate , private , personal financial services and asset management.
Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) : OCBC in Singapore was formed in the year 1932 by the merged of OCBC , Chinese Commercial Bank Limited, the Ho Hong Bank Limited and the Oversea-Chinese Bank Limited. The main aim of bank is solving the financial needs of the customers for both personal and business purposes.
Development Bank of Singapore (DBS): It is one of the top bank of singapore .DBS enjoys the top most positions in consumer banking, management of assets, securities brokerage, treasury and markets, equity and debt fund raising.It is one of the leading bank in singapore and working with a aim to solve the customer problem.
Citibank: The main branch of Citibank in Singapore is located at MacDonald House in Orchard Road. It offers full bank services and shares its ATM network with HSBC, ABN AMRO, Standard Chartered and Maybank. Citibank in Singapore is a branch of Citibank N.A of the United States.
Types of bank account in Singapore
Current accounts It is used for everyday banking. It is require a minimum balance be maintained. Interest rates paid on current accounts are mainly low
Savings accounts Basically saving accounts pay a higher rate of interest than current accounts. Savings accounts require a minimum balance to be maintained
Fixed-deposit accounts This account is used for long-term saving, with interest rates offered typically higher than either current or savings accounts.
Opening a account in singapore
In order to open a bank account you require:
1. A photocopy of your passport , it act like a Identity proof.
2.Employer’s letter : Bank only open account , if you are a resident or have an employment visa.
3.A recent phone bill
4.A copy of residence proof.
5.Initial Deposit : a intial deposit is required to deposit in the account.
Most of the banks of singapore works from 9.30 a.m to 3 p.m (Monday to friday)
9.30a.m to 11.30 on saturday.
What you get with your bank account
Services of accounts various from banks, and depending upon type of account you choose , you will recieve a cheque book, ATMcard and Network for Electronic Transfers.
Entrepreneur Facilitation Center & Development “This Incubation Park suits to IT / ITES /SERVICES SECTOR Technology Based startup, service concept based startup and any other concept / idea which required an office space to start and run the day to day operation”. We at EFC India, support the young budding entrepreneur with complete guidance on their idea or business plan, provide them with all necessary required things like office space, equipments , office, machines & fixture, manpower hunting , sanctioning loan , legal documentations etc. every bit of thing required to start their own business. EFC India is an Entrepreneur Park, where the ideas get converted into reality and fruitful business. We with our team of experts transfer knowledge and skills, help you with all new technology and market support , provide complete training on modernization and expansion of business to enhance the quality and productivity of your business. All you need generate a great idea of business and we help you shape it into reality! -WHAT WE PROVIDE-
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You business plan should not be more than 7 – 10 pages and should crisply cover the following aspects –
1. Introduction of you , your team & business that you want to start. 2.Your Target Customer Your Business Plan & Projection – business model innovation that differentiates you Your revenue model / Earnings – how will you make money, pricing etc. 3.Sales and Marketing Strategy – how do you plan to spread the word around about your solution, how would you sell it? 4. Management Team – Who are the main team members and advisors. 5. Financial projections – What are your cash-flow projections – expenses and revenues? How much money do you need to raise as investment? 6. When would you start breaking even operationally? Approx. Amount of Investment requirement ? 7. Team size / No. of people you will hire.
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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.’
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One of the most important decisions a small business owner, or any business owner for that matter makes is what bank they are going to use. Small business banking provides a wealth of financial services beyond simple deposits, check writing, and withdrawal. Many small businesses need to establish a line of credit or perhaps even take out a loan. Another one of the many services that small businesses need to setup is credit card processing, payroll services, and automatic bill pay. A small company cannot function without the proper financial setup. In order to withstand the financial needs of a successful business, the company needs to set up an account with a bank that is familiar with small business needs.
In order for a bank to attract small businesses, they need to provide aggressive attractions and a wide variety of services. The bank must offer convenience. For example, many small businesses deal with cash and coin. Therefore, they will likely make many trips to the bank to deposit and withdraw money. A bank must also offer plenty of convenient ATM locations so that the small business can have access to their account at any time of the day or night when they need it.
Many banks charge fees ranging from credit card fees to ATM charges, wire transfer fees, and many other normal fees. As a small business owner, you should not find any surprises. Therefore, do not be afraid to ask the small business bank of your choice what fees they charge so that they are not caught by surprise. Make sure and choose a bank that is upfront about their charges, one that is capable of providing you with the lowest rates, the most feasible financial options, and the best in banking service so that you can run your business smoothly and efficiently.
Small business banks must also provide excellent customer service so that when a small business owner has a problem; bankers that can guide the business owner through their problems address the problem. There are many reasons why a small business owner would experience a banking problem such as transaction issues or a forgotten PIN. That is where the small banking specialists step in and take care of your worries so that they can get you and your account straightened out.
Stop, Collaborate and Engage Small Business Communication Tools for Entrepreneurs to Navigate the Social Media Seas
Oldies but goodies…
The social media landscape has significantly changed the face of small business communication, but it does not mean previous technologies have been rendered useless. “Old” technologies, such as e-mail newsletters, instant messaging and message boards are still active and can still increase productivity (and sales!). Many entrepreneurs already have a strong understanding of these technologies and have probably used them in the past. Consider dusting off that old e-mail newsletter you belong to – you know, the one you haven’t read in 2 years – or do a quick search of what message boards are out there. You may be reminded of and surprised at how useful these seemingly out-of-date services can be.
Some you’ve probably heard of, but may not know the full power of…
LinkedIn has become the platform for business-focused social networking. By setting up a LinkedIn profile, users are able to post their work history and professional profiles for others to see. This tool presents opportunities for generating new business, reconnecting with old colleagues, and finding a job.
While many business users may have a LinkedIn profile, they may overlook the other small business communication tools LinkedIn provides. For example, LinkedIn Groups are a simple way to create an online forum where customers, prospects and industry insiders can exchange ideas. Similar to an e-mail newsletter, the Group allows invited LinkedIn users to interact with one another and for a company to communicate key messages. With some simple work on the front-end to get the group moving, an entrepreneur can then take a back-seat to let the patients run the asylum – while still maintaining his or her position as the group leader.
A wiki (rhymes with tricky) is a website that allows users to edit the content that is posted on the page; the trick to wikis is ensuring the edits are accurate. Wikipedia, for example, is an editable online encyclopedia in which users can edit the content. The reason the information remains accurate is Wikipedia has designated individuals to monitor updates.
From a business perspective, a wiki is a great small business communication tool for companies with geographically distributed offices or teams. Users can post a document or other materials on an internal wiki and allow a group to review and edit the material in one place. Beyond the team collaboration, the wiki also helps with “version control,” a problem that occurs when some users do not have the most up-to-date version of a document. Microsoft’s SharePoint offers companies the ability to make internal wikis, as well as discussion boards.
Some small business communication tools you may not have heard of…
Yammer is an enterprise microblogging service – think of it as Twitter for internal business communication. The service allows businesses to create their own internal communication channel and limit use to those who have a valid company e-mail address.
The Internet brought a radical change in the way we do everything. It has made the world smaller, and has brought people closer together through high speed connection. In fact, the Internet has made us realize that we now live in a global community and that everything we do affects the world around us.
The Internet not only changed the way we live, but it has changed entrepreneurs’ home businesses too.
Due to the fact that the Internet has brought the world closer together,every business has the potential for a global market. That means that the Internet has made it possible for entrepreneurs’ home businesses to have customers far away from home.
In the past “home business” meant that an entrepreneur would have to get customers from his or her immediate community. Your market was limited,but now you can get your enterprise out of the house and into the world.
No wonder that the big companies of today had to work hard in order to get out of their homes. Many of the today’s big corporations often started as home-based business.
Many entrepreneurs actually take their business to the Internet,because the Internet helps people shorten the time they have to wait until their business gets off the ground. It helps entrepreneurs’ home businesses get the push it needs to provide a global market. The Internet actually allows you to have the whole world as a target.
More and more people are opening up on-line businesses because of the simple fact that they get to make money easier this way. Today’s entrepreneurs’ home businesses actually mean that the lucky businessmen actually get to stay at home while they make their cash, because of the Internet.
Keep in mind that entrepreneurs are the richest people in the world. Professionals, lawyers, doctors, may make a lot of money, executives may have big salaries, but entrepreneurs pay these people for their services. So who do you think is really at the top of the chain?
With the Internet, you can have all the information you need at your fingertips. This means that you virtually have the whole world at the palm of your hand.
Entrepreneurs now have access to every piece of information that can affect their business. We all know how attentive one must be of things that one cannot control. The market is a very unpredictable factor in business, with people changing their preferences all the time. Through the Internet, one can be prepared for any possible events.
A simple search on the Internet allows you to take a closer look at competition. What sets those businesses apart? What is the competition’s weakness? How can you get ahead in the market?
Because the Internet also allows you access to people, you can get expert advice quickly, therefore you can reach important contacts and make business decisions faster. Entrepreneurs’ home businesses prosper because the Internet allows these businesses to have the best of help.
Presently there are a surprisingly large amount of web users that make money blogging. Some blog owners simply like to blog due to their passion and make use of the supplemental revenue to pay the site hosting fees, while some other webmasters are more serious in supplying good quality content material so they can keep generating income month after month. Numerous conditions must be satisfied to get paid for writing for your site, so don’t think about quitting your regular job just yet.
In the event that you do not maintain your very own blog as yet, realize that it’s going to take time to make money blogging. You will need to figure out a good topic for your weblog that you are convinced can pull in an audience. Then you have to think of a design and style for that blog site and supply it with content material. Luckily, establishing a blog is simple and there are plenty of free blog templates to pick.
Advertising networks such as the ones showing on Yahoo allows you to place promotional advertisements on your site so income can be earned when your visitors click the adverts. The advertisements shown should seamlessly mirror the content showcased on your blog. That’s the most desirable approach to pull in the people that are more prone to click on the ads. You will find lots of blogs to look at for inspiration, and they are completely supported by ad earnings. As long as your ads don’t look too intrusive, your web visitors really should be happy.
Also you can make money blogging by looking for a website that’s willing to pay you to do some creative writing jobs specifically for their website. The appeal to this is the fact that you don’t have to rely on other people to visit your adverts. Virtually all blog managers are going to compensate you the minute you complete your article and it gets okayed. Private internet sites are a fantastic resource for locating these kinds of jobs mainly because numerous new website managers that badly have to have content material make an effort to seek quality freelancers.
The awesome aspect surrounding the whole idea to make money blogging is that you could concentrate on numerous strategies, as long as you have got the time. You could manage your own blog and provide content material to other blogging sites also. The truth is, writing blog posts for other sites is an awesome strategy to bring in some cash flow which you can later use in promoting your own personal blog site. After more individuals are aware of your blog, your financial investment will pay off.
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According to the NY Times, one of the ten reasons small businesses fail is due to improper or lack of accounting. Corporations spend a significant amount of money and hire accountants to report on the status of the company and maintain day to day operations. Yet, many small businesses end up failing to maintain proper accounting.
Accounting Helps with Operating Your Business
Proper Accounting helps pay employees and vendors; helps with customer invoicing, helps post payments; tracks your business assets and liabilities, and most importantly, it calculates any profits and losses. Small businesses cannot operate if they can not pay their employees or ignore vendors bills and continue receiving materials for their products. Often, those functions are ignored by small businesses due to lack of time thus resulting to work stoppages.
Accounting Provides Feedback
At the end of every period, may it be monthly or yearly, as small business owners, you have some idea of how you performed and accounting provides you the validation you need. It will tell you if you made a profit or loss. If you happen to have a loss, it will determine where your biggest expenses are coming from and if you did make a profit and still left with a small cash balance, it will probably tell you which customers havent paid and which customers are now delinquent. Small businesses fail when what they think is not true and this is the most important reason why small businesses need accounting.
Accounting Helps Comply With Legal and Contractual Obligations
The IRS, other government agencies, and banking covenants require businesses to provide a detailed accounting of their revenue and expenses. Depending on the size and entity type, it also requires you to have a balance sheet or listing of assets, liabilities, and equity. Accounting provides you with that information easily. It provides business owners the right amount of withholding, deductions, and back-up just incase they get audited.
Accounting Provides Non-Financial Insights
Many small businesses fail to realize that accounting is not just financial information. It has information on timing, customer information, employee information, and other information that may not necessarily be part of your financials. For example. a key non-financial trend that small business could pay attention to is their customer demographics, you can identify what your customers age, location, and how they order products and services and you can zone in on advertising to that demographics thus increasing revenue and could lead to increased profit. Another, key non-financial trend small business can pay attention to is monthly sales figures, when a small business realize that a continuous trend of slow monthly per year. A small business could either ramp-up advertising 30 days before as anticipation of the slow month or they could plan a family vacation.