Real Estate Investing Tactics – Using Post-It Notes

Post it notes can convey your message in a clear and easy way, You can get them pre-printed with your “I BUY HOUSES” magic words and your simple contact information such as phone number or website and distribute them quickly to a mass group with little effort. One of the best ways to get them out is to use kids from the neighborhoods. You can usually get them to do the work relatively cheap paying 10-15 cents per post it that they stick. You can literally get hundreds of post its put out in a day this way. It takes about 2 seconds to put the post it on the door and move on to the next house.

What’s nice to know and good to remember about post it notes is that your going to get calls almost immediately, some of those calls are going to come from angry people and people who have no idea why you put the note out or what you do. But, a good number of calls are going to come from people who legitimately want to talk to you more about your services.

The best thing to do is to send the calls to your voice mail system where they can be directed to your website to learn more and to get your personal contact info or even better become part of your opt-in list o that you can be the one who initiates contact with them in a personal way. You could also have a pre-meeting survey on your site so that you could learn a little about their current financing before you initiate contact. This allows you to come into the first contact fully prepared with realistic ways you can help them in a personal way to handle their unique situation.

Post it notes are also very economical. Done right they are a very targeted way of getting contact with your potential sellers and with an average out of pocket of $0.10-$0.13 per post-it you can be assured of getting big impact with the market you want to deal in with very little investment on your end. When combined with a small payment per note to the kids who you get to put them out the total cost per note is usually less than $0.25. That’s Right you are making contact with 4 potential motivated sellers for a dollar. Post its come in a variety of sizes, colors and designs which will let you customize the impact to your customers to match the other exposure media you use in your business image package.

It is recommended highly that you direct the call traffic from thee to an automated call system as their is going to be LOTS of call traffic both positive, and negative from these campaigns. Using an automated system will allow you to keep the cost down and handle the direction of the traffic in such a way that you do not get lost in the wave of contacts which will be heading your way.

Home Based Franchises – A Whole World of Opportunities For Your Own Business

If you’re looking for a way to start a business out of your own house but aren’t sure what you could do to become an entrepreneur, you may want to consider some home based franchise opportunities. These are ways for you to enter into a ready made operation with less risk and more profit potential if you’re interested in working from home.

Before you make a decision to jump into this option, you’ll want to learn a little bit more about what’s available for you. However, we should start at the beginning.

What is a Franchise?

Before you can decide if his is how you want to start working from home, you need to understand what a franchise is. Most of us have spent money at a franchise before. If you’ve ever bought a Happy Meal or a Subway Sub then you’ve been to a franchise operation.

Although these are not home based franchise opportunities, they are examples of franchises that have been operating for a long time and doing quite well. They are proof that franchises can be big money makers not just for the head of the company but for the individual owners of the restaurants.

How Does A Franchise Work?

Basically, here’s how a franchise starts. Company A opens its doors in one location. The company has a great service or product, as well as an effective marketing plan, which makes it successful at that location.

Maybe the owners of Company A decide to add a few more locations in their community and those also do well. It’s clear that people in other parts of the country would also be interested in what Company A is selling but they don’t want to be responsible for all of the locations in all parts of the country.

Instead, they make a deal with Person B who is looking for a way to start a business but aren’t sure what to sell. They create a partnership. Person B agrees to open up a location for Company A. In exchange, Company A supplies the business and marketing plans, as well as the product or service being sold.

Of course, Company A doesn’t do all this for free out of the kindness of their heart. Person A is usually charged some upfront fees for the service (this would vary from company to company) and must give a portion of their profits back to Company A regularly.

Of course, the benefits are clear. Person B is going to get a great deal with a ready-made company that could literally start making profits immediately. Company A gets a stream of income and is able to spread their company around the country easily. It’s a win-win deal for everyone involved.

Working from Home Franchise Options

A work from home franchise is essentially still a business, but one that you can run from your home based office or one that does not require investment in commercial premises. Although if the venture really takes off, then sometimes renting an office can be an option.

If you’re interested in starting a franchise from your home, you may be surprised at how many different choices are available. Below are a few ideas that are worth considering.

Local Directories and Magazines

These are essentially either a written publication or an on-line directory. Revenue is generated from these types of franchise predominantly from advertising.

It is entirely possible to start your own on-line directory but unless you are prepared to do a significant amount of software configuration it is probably best to purchase a franchise for this so you can concentrate on income generation as opposed to development

Education and Learning Franchises.

Ideal if you are keen on education. With these typically you will be selling online courses for either children or adults or even both. Overheads are low but you will need to be happy contacting cold customers or concentrating on generating referrals.

Training, marketing material and brand name normally form part of this home based franchise opportunity from the likes of ComputerXplorers for example.

Cleaning Franchises.

There is a whole host of home based opportunities in this market across a broad spectrum of industries.

This could range from home and office cleaning opportunities for example Merry Maids. The key here is to realize that you won’t be doing the cleaning but would be developing and winning cleaning contracts and then recruiting employees to fulfil the contracts. Your income is the difference between the contract rate per hour or job and the employee rate.

Automotive Franchises.

Another huge market for the home based entrepreneur is the automotive field. Franchises here will require a certain amount of mobility so would not be suitable for a stay at home mom for example unless they were employing a managerial strategy and outsourcing or recruiting.

Typically automotive franchises could include bumper repair, dent removal, mobile valeting and windscreen replacement to name but a few.

The list of home based franchise opportunities is almost endless and if you are a true entrepreneur there is no reason why you cannot find one that is suitable for almost anyone if you want you own business bad enough

Just make sure you do your research and know what you’re getting involved in before you make the commitment. Then you’re going to be on your way to becoming a successful working from home entrepreneur.

Why Do I Need a Business Continuity Plan?

Last summer in the UK we saw extensive area flooding, local flash floods, even sewage coming up the toilets and drains to catch out the people who had barricaded themselves in with sandbags. We all saw these dreadful images on television affecting homes and businesses. Some of the events had an indirect effect on business in that employees either could not get into work or stayed at home to safeguard their homes.

We saw the epic battle to save an electricity sub-station near Tewkesbury whilst we saw the flood waters overcome the water treatment plant in the same area leaving thousands of homes without drinking water for a couple of weeks. How do you run a business without electricity?

This is the stuff of nightmares and needs to be taken on board when thinking about the continuity of your business; you know that business that you put your life and soul into, that business that pays the mortgage for you and your employees. So why is it so many businesses fail following a disaster such as the recent floods. It’s not just the floods; the massive explosion at the Buncefield fuel depot in December 2005 also destroyed a number of unrelated businesses and caused structural damage to dozens of others. Do you have the ability to recover from just such an event?

They fail simply because little or no provision has been made for Business Continuity Planning (BCP), some business’s who do look at BCP sometimes grossly underestimate the worst case, others consider a weekly back-up tape lodged with a neighbouring business or stored at the home will get them by.

Sadly all too often this is insufficient to rebuild a business, insurance is essential but it can take too long and in the meantime your productivity/output has fallen, your customers have gone elsewhere and potentially so have your staff.

If you are involved in a disaster which also affects other businesses you will find it very difficult to obtain services such as roofers, builders, electricians, de-humidifier suppliers etc, because everybody else is demanding them. A properly thought out BCP will have addressed various options to help you recover, for example subscribing to a drying and restoration service as a Priority User will help tremendously as will, for example; establishing a dormant contract with emergency premises accommodation provider.

I must stress these are only examples to get you thinking, you will not know what is appropriate until you have reviewed your business process, understood what you need to keep going, understand how much downtime will cost you and work out what you can do about it.

So far I’ve outlined topical disasters to help you think about BCP. You need an open mind when thinking about BCP, always look at all of the possible events and the ramifications. Try this one: it’s 2.30pm on a week day afternoon, the fire alarm is sounded, there is some smoke and you all evacuate safely, it’s raining and very cold. The Fire Brigade arrives and the senior fire officer advises you that you cannot re-enter your premises for the rest of the week. Question – what do you do with all your staff, some of whom have no purses, wallets, car keys or outdoor clothing with them? Think about it, as the employer you are responsible for your staff at work. Your BCP should cover this situation; if it does not then I suggest that it should.

Investing in a BCP is essential and communicating that you have a well maintained and exercised BCP in place with your staff, customers, shareholders, accountant and your banker will go a long way in building confidence in your business, you might even sleep through the next gale.

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