• December 30, 2016 /  Banking & Money
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    When you are building your own custom-built dream home, there are many things that you need to consider. One of the most important aspects of the process is finding the right home builders for your project.

    The first thing you need to do when you meet with potential contractors is to make them aware of what your needs are. Some have certain areas and styles that they specialize in, such as price range and style, which can be seen in a portfolio that can be viewed in a meeting, or in a model home that you can tour. During this initial meeting, you should be able to learn about the company’s experience in the industry.

    Another thing you need to look for when you are considering home builders for your new custom residence is the satisfaction of past customers. Most contractors have referral lists and references that they will gladly share with you because they want to earn your business. Definitely review them and ask these former customers the important questions, such as if they would hire them for a project again, and why or why not.

    Thirdly, you want to make sure that they are insured. This is important because if someone on the crew is not insured and injures themselves, your insurance will end up covering it, therefore, costing you more money.

    Good home builders will also have a good warranty and offer top customer service to make customers want to hire them again. This warranty should include the roof, structure, and other major parts of the home. The contractor should offer fast and friendly service if there is a problem and should be able to explain how to properly maintain the home.

    Next, you want to make sure that your builder has enough of a good reputation to ensure that your home will not lose resale value. Some loss cannot be helped in a bad economy. However, a home built by a reputable contractor will keep a higher value.

    Finally, you want to make sure that your contractor is involved in the community in some way. By doing this, you know that it is not a “fly by night”, company and that they truly are a part of the community, because they care.

    Things to remember when you are choosing your home builders are that you are dealing with friendly people, they have a good reputation, and they provide quality work for a reasonable price. Dealing with the right people will make you a happy and loyal customer for years to come.

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  • December 29, 2016 /  Trade & Franchise
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    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.

  • December 28, 2016 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Before a doctor diagnoses a specific disease, his patient must undergo a series of laboratory exams and assessments. He has to know the history of his patient and how lifestyle affected his present health problem. As results come in, that would be an indication of the time when a physician gives specific drugs and therapies for maintenance. This will eventually contribute to the level of optimum health for that individual. If all else fails, the process will be repeated again.

    Similar to a doctor, what the above mentioned situation has stated, an entrepreneur’s responsibility would be pretty much the same. It’s just that, he should see his customers as his patients (not literally)and what they must have to survive a present predicament or a need. He must follow certain steps before doing anything irrational that could contribute to the downfall of his business. He should have certain characteristics innate in his personality for if he lacks one of these, he’s most probably doomed to fail.

    Entrepreneurship is collectively defined as exhibiting one’s vision, taking action, and pursuing that vision as a goal to be achieved in life as service to reality. In the meaningless definition, it’s getting your butt out of that couch and doing something rather than fulfilling your life’s destiny of being a couch potato. Stated below are some of the distinct attitudes an entrepreneur should positively have:

    Optimism – is foreseeing things in a positive way notwithstanding any circumstances that may hinder progress. The assertiveness of an individual depends on on e’s knowledge of how to handle a difficult situation

    Creativity – is thinking outside the box. Expanding one’s mind of what is beyond the ordinary through fine research and collection of data.

    Stability – more so mental, social or emotional, a leader must possess a stable life which means he could handle tough situations during tough times

    Charismatic – intelligence of communicating with different walks of life.

    Risk-taker – as someone beginning their own dream, one should be stern and must have the guts to take the big leap of plunging into their own doom or success. One should not be afraid of taking chances when opportunity strikes.

    Energetic – willing to do whatever it takes to reach to the finish line. The inner drive must always be at its highest level happy to work overtime. His or her enthusiasm must prevail the next best thing.

    Time bound – like a written report in a newspaper, an entrepreneur must be on top of things,by looking at our past, we could predict our future.

    Small businesses, in time, would turn out big if the scope of management exceeds what is expected. So it is necessary for a beginner to be positive about his endeavors. He must be very observant of what his environment lacks and needs.
    Think big! Take Action!!!!. Make your business dreams come true.

  • December 28, 2016 /  Banking & Money
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    Two major topics discussed in the Reserve Banks 39-page September Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) are inflation and interest rates. In June, the Bank forecasted inflation to be 4.5% this year. The latest forecast from the Bank expects inflation to be 0.7% lower at 3.8%. Additionally, the Banks 2011 inflation forecast has been reduced from 2.9% to 2.4%.

    The lower inflation forecasts are not out of the blue given the lower economic growth projections announced by the Reserve Bank. Factors attributable to the muted inflation pressures include: weaker consumer demand, basically non-existent lending growth, unemployment figures at over 5%, reductions in house prices and deleveraging.

    The Bank stated that it will look through the impact on inflation as a result of the increase in GST, the Emissions Trading Scheme, plus other related tax changes. The Bank forecasts that an additional 2.7% will be added to inflation as a result of these former factors, with the Consumer Price Index crowning at 4.8% in June 2011. Taking aside these factors, the underlying inflation rate would be 2.1%.

    It is important to note the following stern warning delivered by the Bank in the September MPS. If the factors mentioned above begin to influence individuals behaviour, then the Bank will move quickly to increase interest rates. Price setting will be monitored, as will wage negotiations and surveys of inflationary expectations to gauge if there is evidence that the bump in inflation is becoming ingrained. If this is the case, it can be expected that fast and material increases in the Official Cash Rate (OCR) will follow.

    Regarding interest rates, the theme is the same as with economic growth and inflation lower for longer. Unlike the June MPS, the Bank now expects interest rates to rise a lot more slowly. This links back to the Banks cuts to GDP and inflation estimates. The June MPS forecasted interest rates to rise 3.1 % over the next two years, up from the then current level of 3.0% to 6.1% by the end of 2012.

    According to the September MPS, the Bank now estimates interest rates to rise by only half as much. 90-day bank bills are forecast to increase from their current 3.2% to be 4.1% in December 2011 an increase of just 1.4%.

    If you have a floating mortgage, this reduction in the increase of estimated interest rates will be good news. Although, as the Bank does point out in the September MPS, it expects to increase the OCR over the next few years, the pace and extent of these increases will be lower than forecast in the June MPS.

  • December 27, 2016 /  Business Center
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    In small business computer consulting, $100 an hour can be a reasonable and livable rate. Why can setting your rates at $100 an hour make all the difference in the world?

    Take the $100 an hour and multiply it by 1,500 hours a year. This is reflecting a 75% utilization rate; or 75% of a typical forty hour work week as billable time. Now youre at $150,000 a year gross.

    Salary and Affordability

    As a small business computer consulting firm, you will want to take a third of the gross and plow it into sales and marketing. Therefore you can afford a $40,000 base salary for your sales account executive. So, of that one third of your gross small business computer consulting income, $40,000 can go to the base salary and $10,000 can go to related marketing expenses.

    Additionally, one third will take care of taxes, insurance and overhead items for the most part, and you have a third of it or $50,000 left to pay a technical staff salary.

    Surpassing $100 an Hour

    You may be considering exceeding a rate of $100 an hour for your small business computer consulting firm. At that point, you can hit what we call the not-so-imaginary-hourly-billing-rate ceiling.

    Needless to say, if your small business computer consulting clients are paying $110 to $125 an hour, it gets even easier to be able to afford really bright, motivated, highly qualified sales and technical staff.

    Higher Rates Equal Bigger Businesses

    However, if you want to charge above $100 an hour in your small business computer consulting firm, youll almost always need to move above and beyond sweet spot small business clients into really large small businesses, medium size businesses and enterprise-sized accounts that require a different business model and technical skill set.

    Once you do that, youre going to be operating under a completely different type of business model. And you will need even more polished and seasoned salespeople to be able to handle those accounts.

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  • December 27, 2016 /  Finance & Invesment
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    Making an investment is an extremely important decision, not just for business houses but also for individuals. It is crucial that investors consider a few things before they make their investment decision for certain. Market factors are very important and they should be given prime consideration, as they define the future of your investments.

    As the global markets are still recovering from the hard-hitting subprime crisis of 2008, taking market factors into consideration have never been so important ever before. It is also necessary that investors consider their long-term goals and not just short-term interests before making an investment. This helps with avoiding a bad or rash investment decision. Let us have a look at some of the important points that demand consideration at the time of an investment:

    1. Having an emergency repository of funds: It is a given that all investors must compulsorily have an emergency fund of sorts to help them cope with future exigencies, such as sudden falls in the market, unemployment, and so on. This emergency fund can be built using a portion of the monthly salary over a considerable period of time or alternatively, channeling a large part of the same towards building the fund over a lesser period of time. This would depend on personal choices and financial ability, etc.

    2. Assessing ones financial position: Before entering the world of investing, it is extremely important that potential investors take time and conduct an assessment of their financial position. This step is mainly to help potential investors understand their financial risk-taking capacity and also their plan-goal compatibility, while taking the market conditions into consideration.

    3. Pre-caution from fraud: Given that the markets are still only just recovering, it is not rare to find fraudulent practitioners in the world of finance and investment. Therefore, it is always advisable to be on the alert for fraud. One way to avoid entering into deals with fraudulent companies is by investigating their authenticity through research, and also checking with friends and family who are also aware of and are engaged in investment.

    4. Types of assets and spreading investment risk: Out of stocks, bonds and cash, seldom does one see the simultaneous rise of all three types of assets at the same time. Therefore, it is best if the investor spreads his or her risk and decides to invest in more than one type. That way, in the event that the value of your investment in one type falls, the investment in the other is still available to compensate or fall back on.

  • December 26, 2016 /  Banking & Money
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    This article explores poker tactics and develops ideas for making money from using online poker sites and poker forums such as WassOnline.com. It also details how no deposit poker bonus and poker freerolls work and how you can gain entry.

    The popularity of poker has been increasing by leaps and bounds in recent years. Much of it can be attributed to its easy accessibility through the World Wide Web. People can sit in their living rooms and log in on any of the hundreds of sites dedicated to online poker and start playing. There are also free roll poker games being played online everyday which require no entry fee and the players are not at any risk to lose their own money. The amount of money involved in online poker is phenomenal and players can win millions of dollars from a single game. That brings us to the question: how easy is it to win money playing poker online?

    Free roll poker may not offer great prize money, but normal online poker can take you from rags to riches. Playing online is completely different from playing in a real room with real people. People who dont do well in the traditional setting, have a greater chance of doing well online. This may be because of the anonymity that the internet offers.

    If you are planning to win a considerable amount of money through online poker, remember that learning how to play poker is just the beginning. The good thing is, online you are not distracted by the drinking, shouting and lights of a live joint and your focus is undiluted. You can concentrate totally on the game. Secondly, strategy is important. But sticking to it is more so. You have to understand when it will be profitable for you to go all in and the odds you have of clearing the pot. Having fun and winning is good, but dont put in more money than you can afford. If you want to be a pro, there are numerous online poker strategy guides available to help you become one. They provide tips and hints of how you can improve your game thus increasing your chances of winning.

    The increase in the number of tournaments being played online each year is mind boggling. Millions of dollars are being betted on. With such a huge amount of money involved, there will always be someone who is better at the game than you. There is always room for improvement. So, brush up on your skills and get ready to win money sitting right at home!

  • December 26, 2016 /  Banking & Money
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    More and more people are turning to blogs to make money online.

    How can you make money from blogging?

    There are several ways that you can make money from blogs.

    1)Google Adsense

    You can make money by placing Google Adsense in your blogs. First register with Google Adsense and then place their codes on your blogs. Google Adsense will place related advertisement based on your content of your blogs. When people click on your Google Adsenses advertisement, you will make money.

    2)Affiliate marketing in your blogs

    Join as an affiliate marketer for example in Clickbank, Amazon Associates or Commission Junction .Find a few products that you believe are useful and are able to help people to solve their problems. Make sure that you select products that are related to the topic of your blogs. Write a review on those products and promote them in your blogs. When people click on your affiliate links , you will make money when they purchase the products.

    3)Private Forums

    You can set up a private forums where members need to pay a single or recurring fees to join. However to create a successful private forums site, you need to provide real values to members as there are many free informations online and be an expert on that product or service.

    4)Write for other bloggers

    Blogging is a time consuming work. Some bloggers will employed other people to write their post for them. You can get pay for a flat fee for each article that you write for them. Some bloggers are willing to share with you a portion of their revenue earned from the advertisements display on your articles.

    5)Pay perpost blogging

    Pay perpost blogging means that the company will pay you to review their products or their services on your blogs. You can register with some sites for examples payperpost.com,sponsoredreviews.com and reviewme.com. If your blogs is famous then you can charge the payperpost sites higher as more readers will be reading about the product in your blogs.

    6)Sell your own product or services

    If you have your own product or services, promote them in your blogs. One of the products that you can sell online is your own ebooks. If you provide services, give them your email address or phone number so that they can contact you personally.

    7)Ask for Donation

    Do not be afraid or shy to ask for donations from their readers. Allow your readers to contribute if they wish. You can use Paypal Donations, Amazon Payments or snail mail to enable collection from your readers. You can choose to received in any form of currency you prefer depending on the system that you are using.

    Try any of the methods mentioned above in your blog. Be patient and watch your money grow.

  • December 25, 2016 /  Trade & Franchise
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    Interface Financial is not only about a unique invoice discounting system; it is also about a franchise opportunity for you! The opportunity that IFG wants to provide home workers with is unmatchable. Not only will franchisees get superb returns on their capital but they will also be able to expand and grow their franchise at their own convenience with little marketing costs. IFG will continuously provide you with plenty of support and guidance which will provide you with guaranteed success as Interface Financials will let you in onto two decades of business secrets!

    The marketplace for invoice discounting is a part of the financial services of factory. This is one of the markets which continue to grow at a healthy rate irrespective of the world wide recession. The lower end of the sales volume scale, which happens to be Interfaces unique market niche, has been growing healthily for quite some time. Furthermore, Interface has been successful in working with smaller newly emerging businesses. Hence there is absolutely no need for you to worry about the market situation of your to-be-born franchise.

    On the other hand, are you starting to wonder about how competent you are to become a part of IFG? Maybe you are concerned about your lack of a financial background; worry not! IFG will provide all its franchisees with high quality training by means of self-study, field training, formal training and other web-based training modules. In addition to this there will also be an IFG coaching program which will ensure that you leave the program with the ability only to succeed!

    There are plenty of more reasons why you should join hands with Interface. After all, IFG has always made its way into the top of the Entrepreneur Magazines Franchise 500 rating list, Americas Top Global franchise rankings and Home Based franchise ranking. The Franchise Research Institute has also classified Interface as a World Class Franchise.

    All this is just an investment away. Start right away and become a part of a key financial service industry. Do not let yourself work for money; within the convenience of your home and with superb returns for a small startup, let money work for you! Join IFG today to become part of a franchise which is one of the best of the best.

  • December 25, 2016 /  Finance & Invesment
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    The definition of finance is the provision of funds or loan supplied to an individual or company. Often this term is used for the study of economics and how money is controlled. It can be also defined as the management of funds and capital required by a business and private activities. Management of finance has also developed into a specialized branch within the financial sector and is carried out by finance managers.

    Managing this involves dealing with the optimization and allocation of funds to various areas either by borrowing or by using those available from internal resources. The word Optimizing may sound strange but it refers to taking measures that minimize the cost of financing while simultaneously attempting to maximize the profits out of the employed finance. Bad debts are poor finance management where rules have not been followed; the result of this is depressed markets, low production and a cash crisis. It is for this very reason that finance managers are very careful with finance they agree too and where it is funded from.

    It is not uncommon to hear finance managers referred to as bean counters as they are looking at immediate returns and initial costs against the potential at a later stage. Finance managers are the pessimists whereas sales managers are the optimists who look to the future and not to the past! Often though, problems occur with small businesses who fail to see the distinction between a business loan and a personal one. Most lenders will cancel the loan if they feel they have been deceived this way because they are unsure what the money is to be invested in.

    Hopefully by educating the small (and large) business owners of their fiscal responsibilities they may build the basis of an improved company in the future. Small businesses can be very flexible, however, and call upon friends, other businesses, family members, even their own bank for finance.

    Finance managers can help improve their company’s profits by using external sources which also lessens the risk on them at the same time. The famous comedian Bob Hope best summed up the subject when he once said; a bank is a place that will lend you money but only if you can prove that you don’t need it.