Business Do’s and Don’ts for a Prosperous Startup

Everyone has a dream — it’s the one thing they would rather be doing more than anything else (and are sure they could succeed at). Yet, it’s something entirely different from what it is they do to pay the bills.

What many fail to understand, however, is that enthusiasm for a product or service may not be enough to guarantee success when starting a business.

Top 5 Weird Junk Discoveries

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – We live in a society where people buy and collect a lot of stuff. Letting go has almost become a cliché. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Founder and CEO Brian Scudamore says he’s always amazed by the odd junk people pay his company to pick up. Recently 1-800-GOT-JUNK? compiled a list of the strangest items, what they call “weird junk.” These items round out the Top 5:
5. Garage full of garden gnomes. This collection was found after some tenants had moved out of a house in Minnesota. Evidently, their extended garden gnome family didn’t make the cut.
“My initial reaction was that her teenage kids must have stolen every garden gnome in town,” said Anthony Stamson, member of the stunned cleanup crew.
4. Boxes of brand new electronic accessories. A product design office was closing in South Carolina, and they junked several truckloads full of brand new accessories for iPods, iPads, iPhones, as well as entire cappuccino machines, smart phones, HD projection TVs and more. The franchise was able to find new homes for most of the items through local charities.
3. A mortician’s closet. This oddity emerged from a California storage unit that had been abandoned — a closet used for storing dead bodies, as seen in a morgue.
“Once I realized what it was used for, I felt creeped out but also puzzled. Why was it in an abandoned storage container?” says Flo Murray, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise partner.
2. Taxidermy animals. Finding mounted animals isn’t too strange. However, an albino stuffed cobra? That’s a little odd. A stuffed baboon? Pretty unusual. A two-headed kitten fetus in a formaldehyde jar? Now things can’t get much weirder than that — especially hidden in a room in a San Francisco retirement home.
1. Frozen human stem cells. This is it, the winner of weird. The 1-800-GOT-JUNK? crew in Dallas was cleaning out the home of a family that was moving out of the country. The freezer was full of cuts of meat, which the homeowner told the truck team members they could share amongst them. Little did franchise partner Peggy Lamy realize when she froze the items that a green tea box amongst the bags contained human stem cells belonging to the family’s deceased father. The daughter phoned days later, emotional and panicked. “We made arrangements to meet them shortly after that to return the precious cells,” explains Lamy. “Strangely, the family did not turn up.” Whatever happened to the green tea box? Well it remains in the Lamy’s freezer as a great conversation piece.
For more junk-removal information, go to 1800gotjunk.com.

Make the Right Moves With Your Start-Up Business

Maybe it’s something you’ve been dying to do for years. Or maybe – like so many others these days – the idea of starting your own business only suddenly became attractive after you’d either lost your job or felt about as secure as a politician caught sexting in the one you now have.

Whatever the reason, know that while your passion for your product or service may be your best secret weapon – “The Wall Street Journal Complete Small Business Guidebook” says it’s “often the difference that hooks customers, lands deals and attracts investors” – that alone won’t guarantee success.

Junk Removal Company Targets Greener Techniques

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Stuff happens. We all have it. Too much of it in fact, if you believe the late George Carlin.
It starts slowly (at first), but over time seems to manifest into unmanageable (and sometimes unfathomable) piles to the point that you need more than good friends, a pick-up truck and a free weekend.
Enter 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. The Vancouver-based franchise success story has built its 22-year reputation on not only giving people their space back, but doing so in such a way that the carbon footprint left on Mother Earth is light — an important point for folks who need the room but not the guilt.
“At 1-800-GOT-JUNK? we’ve found that many customers assume their junk will wind up in the landfill, which is not always the case at all,” said Brian Scudamore, founder and chief executive officer.
In fact, Scudamore prides himself on the fact that more than 60 percent of customers’ junk doesn’t see the light of the local dump, but rather gets diverted to recycling centers, second-hand stores and charitable organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity that will hand-sort the junk for resell. There are even some places where the junk is converted into renewable energy sources. Scudamore hopes to raise this percentage to 75 percent by 2014.
“We’ve really stepped up our focus on environmental sustainability in response to the demands of our customers,” said Scudamore. “For every job we do, we have the tracking and reporting tools to share with customers exactly what we collect and how we dispose of it,” he added.
To make people feel good about where their “stuff” is going, Scudamore uses an in-field Environmental Tracking System that allows franchise partners to educate the customer about what happens to their junk once it’s taken away.
“Junk removal is a competitive business, and in order to maintain our advantage, we have to implement environmental best practices, then continue to raise the bar,” he said.
For more information about 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and its franchise opportunities, visit www.1800gotjunk.com/ca_en/franchise/franchise_stage_1.aspx.

Ease Your Business Load: Join a Service-Based Franchise!

Working professionals may want to start their own business but fear their chances of success amidst all the economic uncertainty. While understandable, this fear can be assuaged. Diving into the business world is made a little easier by taking the service-based franchise  route.

Not everyone starts out knowing how to make an independent business thrive, whereas purchasing a pre-established franchise tends to be far less challenging. There is a certain amount of risk in all business endeavors. However, service-based franchises in particular require less overhead and initial investment, while offering the support of tried-and-true systems. Since the majority of these sorts of franchises don’t require physical locations, the pressure of finding a perfect location, retail space or facility is lessened. This can also eliminate lease contracts and property expenses.

Break Into Business With a Franchise

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Many Americans dream of entering the business world, but don’t know how to get started. Giving up one job to start from the bottom in another sector isn’t always realistic, and those with little experience might not know how to run a solvent business. For them, buying a franchise could be the best opportunity available.

Many franchises promise little risk — one oft-cited statistic is that 95 percent of franchises succeed, while 90 percent of independent businesses fail. But this statement rings false. In fact, the International Franchise Association (IFA) asked franchises to stop using this misleading statistic in 2005. There is a risk in starting any business, even a new franchise location.

But that doesn’t mean that franchises don’t succeed. According to the IFA, franchises operated 909,253 establishments, provided 11 million jobs and contributed $278.6 billion in payroll between 2001 and 2005, the last year for which information is available.

According to FranchiseMart/Biz1Brokers, a business that matches prospects with franchise opportunities, franchises work best for people with some start-up money, but little or no business experience. The franchisee can take advantage of the franchise’s proven business methodology, training and management support to learn how to run their business successfully. Franchises also offer greater exposure, thanks to national media campaigns, and cost sharing that can lower overhead. All in all, franchises offer greater security to the first-time business person, especially in today’s rough economy.

Would-be franchises should look for franchises that offer thorough training and continuous support. For example, United Franchise Group, which owns multiple franchises, including Signarama, Billboard Connection, Plan Ahead Events and Embroid Me, enrolls its franchisees in a mentorship program, so new franchisees can get advice from successful franchise owners. Proven marketing, a good success rate and a strong brand also indicate a franchise that’s worth an investment.

Of course, finding the right franchise is the first step towards success. Those interested in buying a franchise should look at businesses that suit their skills, personality traits and budget.

For more information, visit www.unitedfranchisegroup.com.

Break Into Business With a Franchise

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Want Your Own Business? Consider a Franchise

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Entrepreneurs hoping to become their own boss know that it can be difficult to get a leg up in the business world. But there are ways to improve the chances of success. For example, purchasing a franchise allows Americans to enjoy the freedom of business ownership with fewer risks.

United Franchise Group (www.unitedfranchisegroup.com), which encompasses successful franchises such as Signarama, EmbroidMe, Billboard Connection and Plan Ahead Events, exemplifies some of the benefits of purchasing a franchise.

* Franchises provide proven business models. With a first business, it stands to reason that your business model will need adjustments. But when you purchase a franchise, you buy a business that knows how to operate. Franchises have a track record of success.

* Franchises come with built-in name recognition. Any successful franchise has spent years building its brand name and gaining public recognition. That means that the public immediately trusts new franchise locations. Instead of spending time and energy just getting the word out, you can devote yourself to running your business.

* Franchises offer financial advantages. Franchises can buy items in bulk, reducing costs for individual locations. Additionally, banks may be more willing to provide funding for a franchise than an independent business.

* Franchises offer training and support. For example, UFG employs a group of trained support specialists who travel to stores around the world to assist in everything from basic operation to business development. UFG also uses a mentorship program to help new franchisees. The company selects highly successful franchisees to advise new stores on opening, technical questions and other issues, as well as to provide motivation.

If owning a business sounds attractive, buying a franchise might just be the way to go. But it’s important to do your research. For additional facts about UFG, visit www.unitedfranchisegroup.com.

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