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What Are the Benefits of Restaurant Franchise Investments

The restaurant industry as a whole is one of the toughest things to get into. While the failure rate is high, it is not so much the industry as it is the people that are investing in it. Many think it will be fun and delve into their own restaurant without doing the proper research or having the proper knowledge. It would not matter what industry they were going in, they would fail. Because of the competitive market, franchises are some of the safest bets in today’s economic market. Here are a few benefits of restaurant franchise operations.

Brand Recognition – because money is so tight for so many people these days, people want to know what they are getting for their dollar. Someone is more likely to go to McDonald’s for a burger than they would Joe’s Burger Shack simply because they know the product. Do not ever underestimate name recognition in this niche.

Advertising – while it is up to the individual owners to do their own local advertising, restaurant franchises benefit from the national advertising that is done by the main corporation. This will continue to keep that brand in the focus and may be responsible for people getting off of their couch or stopping by on their way home from work.

Better Chance of Success – franchises as a whole are far more successful than Mom and Pop style restaurants. The amount of research that goes into settling on a location is staggering and companies like McDonald’s, Burger King, Outback and Houlihan’s will spend more money doing demographic studies than most people have in their overall budget. They want to make sure that the location will be successful before it ever opens its doors.

Training – when a Mom and Pop restaurant is opened, all training and knowledge is the sole responsibility of the owner. When opening a franchise, the owner will more than likely have had to work in a restaurant for at least a year and will receive training about every aspect of the business from the corporate trainers. This education will be invaluable towards the success of the restaurant.

Financing – getting a loan is never an easy process, but when opening a franchise, it is much less difficult. The banks will generally be more comfortable going with a proven model. There may also be the option to borrow directly from the restaurant corporation itself. In many cases, they will put up some investment money and raise the franchise fee as their interest rate. There are plenty of options to pursue.

Product Control – a normal restaurant will have to set up all of their contracts with vendors and if the owner does not know what they are doing, this can be a huge area of loss as they will get everything that they can out of someone given the opportunity. Most franchises have approved suppliers that can be purchased off of and prices are more or less negotiated already. Everyone is paying the same thing and the corporation monitors the quality control. This is a huge burden that is off of the owners shoulders.

Restaurants get a very bad rap in the business world, but this is more because people that open them have no idea what the industry really is. The amount of work that goes into opening and operating a successful restaurant is fairly significant. Opening a franchise will give you more training and a proven model of success to help you succeed in an industry where most people fail.

Can a Stay at Home Mom Really Make a Full Time Living with a Home Based Business?

In my eight years of working with the Home Based Business industry, I have spoken with hundreds, if not thousands of women. Before I even had children of my own, I learned that a lot of moms are looking for a way to make money from home, maybe you can relate to one of these two categories…

1) As a mom, you are able to stay home with your kids, which is great! However you feel a sense of longing to do something more with your day. Something that would allow you to use your gifts and talents from home. Something that would not take you away from the kids, but would enable you to earn money from home!

2) Or two, you do not have a choice; you have to work full-time or maybe even multiple jobs. You would do anything to be home with your kids more and still make a great income from home at the same time!

Yet you hear about all those ‘Home Based Businesses’ and sometimes you have to wonder, are they real? Can I really make money from home? Will those people really help me learn how to make money? The answer is yes and no. Yes there are real (good) companies out there that will work with you, teach you and assist you to build a business from home. BUT beware; some companies are not on the up and up. You deserve to know which is which!

While the following is not an exhaustive list, you will find several valuable resources that will be helpful in your research for a solid, legitimate Home Based Business idea. I am not directly affiliated with any of the following resources; however I have found them helpful and referred many people to them over the years:

Direct Selling Association — here you can learn the history of the home based business, statistics on the industry, a list of what to consider when assessing any given company. They will even help you directly to evaluate companies

Home Business Association — if you are more interested in a ‘job’ you can do from home, this site offers many links to companies looking for people to do work from home. Know this, while most of these opportunities are real, they won’t necessarily make you a full-time living from home; maybe a few hundred dollars per month, which can be great if that is all you are looking for. However, if you are looking for a way to earn several thousand dollars per month or more, there are better ways to do it, with a solid Direct Sales company or some affiliate programs and other Internet based companies

Visit MoneyMakingMommy, yet another reliable home business idea web site, if you are looking for a ‘job’ you can do from home.

MLMwatchdog, is an MLM Company Scam Review site. It is always a good idea to do your due diligence before joining any company or home based business program. MLM watchdog has been a valid resource over the years to provide the latest MLM scam reviews. It is also a good idea to crosscheck this site with any companies you’re strongly considering before investing your money and time.

Success to you in your search for a Home Based Business; hopefully the resources I listed will shed some light on what to look for and what to avoid. If they can save you from throwing your time and money away on a scam and empower you to make an informed decision about what business you choose, I will be a happy camper! It warms my heart to see a mom be able to stay home with her children, to be a part of their lives and make a great living from home on top of it! You can have it all!

Online English Training For Fortune 1000 Companies – Investment For the Future

Online English training for Fortune 1000 companies has undergone a complete metamorphosis in the last five years. The importance of effective English communication skills has gone from a perk, offered to a few top performers to a basic skill requirement. In the past, Executive Management staff and a small percentage of middle level managers had enough vocabulary and aptitude to be considered proficient. Today, if an employee wishes to advance his or her career, regardless of focus or current level, solid business English skills are a requirement. A high-speed Internet connection is the only requirement to get started in many programs.

Corporations understand that providing superior, state of the art, training courses makes the difference between providing mediocre quality and delivering world-class service. Online English training for Fortune 1000 companies has become a necessary investment expanding business horizons and increasing profitability. Despite the current state of the economy, many firms see this as a necessary investment for their futures. This focus on becoming proficient in English is not limited to corporations. Governments and schools are finding that to be successful in the world market and to understand different perspectives on local economies, English is an essential skill.

Now that proficiency in English is considered a mainstay to everyday corporate life, online English training for Fortune 1000 companies has flourished into a high demand, very competitive business. Technology has provided the perfect platform to expand its reach beyond the traditional classroom setting. The language training of the past was prohibitively expensive for some. Recent advancements in digital recordings, high-speed Internet connections and high-definition video quality make it more easily affordable. The mechanism by which the corporation can track progress by location and individual has been simplified. They can follow a student’s progress by components at daily, weekly and monthly intervals.

When providing online English training for Fortune 1000 companies, courses can be structured in many ways, based on budget, time-constraint and focus. Course content may include case studies that can provide realistic situations in a specific industry to help extend vocabulary and conversational comprehension. Individual coaching provides support to focus on individual areas that need additional work. Regardless of the structure, the training should be results oriented. The topics must be interesting and pertinent to the business.