Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Getting the Most Out of a Franchise Consultant


        The premier issue of The Franchise Tribune came out in March.  The publisher, Marc Stephens, wrote an article titled “Getting the Most Out of a Franchise Consultant.”  I would like to reprint it.

        The number of franchise consultants has grown tremendously in the last decade.  An industry that used to have less than 100 active consultants in the early 2000s now exceeds 2,000 in the US alone.
          Often referred to as brokers, consultants, coaches, and advisors, their business model is pretty much the same.  They work with prospective franchise investors to identify and explore potential opportunities, and if their client invests in one of their suggested franchises the franchisor pays them a finder’s fee.  It’s basically what a recruiter does in the employment industry, but focused on franchising.  Since the franchisor actually pays the consultant, generally their services are free to you, the opportunity seeker. 
          Some consultants represent a few franchise brands while others represent hundreds of brands.   A good franchise consultant can not only help you explore and research potential opportunities – they can also assist with other steps in the process such as:
·       Determining what is not available in your market or territory.
·       Help you identify your strengths, weaknesses, goals, and more to better align you with business models and industries.
·       Help explain some of the rules and procedures in franchising.
·       Introduce you to ideas you may have never known existed.
·       Handle some of the tedious legwork that tends to come with franchise research.
·       Get you preferential treatment from the franchisors.
·       Introduce you to a range of funding options that are commonly used in franchising. 

          So the question begs...Should you work with a franchise consultant or broker?  The answer is simple:  Yes, after all what do you have to lose?  The services are no cost to you, and you are under no obligation to invest at all.  A common question is, do you pay for more for your franchise since they are paying the broker?  No.  Franchise fees are pretty much set in stone, regardless of how you find them.
          When working with your consultant, be open and frank with them.  The more you can share with them the better they can assist you.  A good consultant is not going to share your information with a franchisor or lending partner without your explicit permission, so don’t be shy.  Two very common elements of successful franchise consultants are that they simply love franchising and enjoy helping others achieve their goals.  
          Let your consultant go to work for you; I think you will find it to be a worthwhile investment of your time. – Marc Stephens

          I know most clients I have worked with say they found and invested in opportunities they never would have discovered on their own.  Learn more at BusinessFits.com and read my book, Business Fits: How to find the right business for you!

“Trump did not bring division.  Division brought Trump.
If you don’t see that, then you’re part of the problem.”
Ava Armstrong

God bless President Trump and guide him to make America great again.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Son of a Sharecropper


        Elijah Cummings is a US Congressman from Maryland.  He is the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Cummings is black and recently made a comment that he knows how racism feels because he is the son of a sharecropper.  He made is sound like he had ascended from the swamp in spite of overwhelming obstacles.  I think he has descended to the Washington DC swamp.
        I was raised on farms in Iowa.  My father was a sharecropper.  A sharecropper is someone who farms land that is owned by someone else for a percentage of the crop.  This is usually a 50/50 split.  The other way someone can farm land they do not own is to pay an annual cash rent. 
        Being a sharecropper was and is an honorable profession.  A sharecropper will never get rich, but they are honest hardworking people who provider for their families. 
        I am grateful for being raised on a farm.  My parents taught me to be honest, ethical, moral, and hard working.  I was taught a man’s word was his bond.  My father farmed one farm I was raised on for 16 years.  The only agreement for 14 of those years was a handshake with the landlord.  I wish we had more politicians who keep their word.  President Trump is one of the few who does.
        Dad and I were working late one summer night when I was about 13.  I was complaining, and my Dad got tired of hearing it.  He told me that he did not have money to send me to college or start me in business or farming.  But, he said I was smart enough to learn to do a job if I knew how to work, and he could teach me how to work.  I did not think this was too good a deal at the time, but was thankful for it in later years. 
        President Trump is another person who knows how to work.  I have no idea how anyone his age can keep up his pace.  The left says the White House is in chaos.  Of course it is.  No one can keep up with him. 
        I heard someone criticize his executive time and imply he was not working.  This is time when he does not have meetings scheduled.  This is time for reading, planning, phone calls, and unscheduled meetings with White House staff. 
        Anyone who has ever worked in government or the corporate world knows how unproductive many meetings are.  We have made statements like, “How can I get my work done when I am in meetings all the time?”
        President Trump knows how to work, negotiate, and motivate.  He keeps his word and has done more in the last two years than the last four Presidents did in 28 years. 
        I can certainly see why the deep state, Democrats, and RINOS hate Trump.  He actually works for the American people and not the political elite. 

“Trump did not bring division.  Division brought Trump.
If you don’t see that, then you’re part of the problem.”
Ava Armstrong

God bless President Trump and guide him to make America great again.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Liberty Valance


        The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is one of my favorite movies, and is an American classic.  It stars John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Lee Marvin.   What a great cast.  It was directed by John Ford and shot in black and white. 
        At the end of the movie, the editor of the newspaper says, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”  Our media today has gone even farther.  They ignore the facts and print the lie when it fits their political agenda. 
        Nancy Pelosi once explained how it works in an interview.  She would get a liberal to present a lie to the lame-stream media as a confidential source.  The media seldom asked for confirmation, but in the rare case they did, a second source would be provided to confirm the lie.  The media would report the lie.  Now the liberal left could quote the media and the lie would be accepted as fact.  
        The media also jumps to conclusions with any story that fits their agenda.  They don’t wait for the facts to come out.  Forget the constitutional guarantees of due process and innocent until proven guilty. 
        Trump correctly accuses most of the media of reporting fake news, but he respects the freedom of the press.  President Lincoln shut down 200 newspapers that he didn’t agree with.  FDR had a Council of Propaganda to control the media.  Trump just tweets and calls them out for their lies.  The media does need to be held accountable for libel suits.    
        Thank God for FOX news.  If it were not for FOX, the public would have no way to get true and balanced news.  There is nothing the left would like better than to put FOX News out of business.
        There is a genre in fiction called alternative universe.  Many liberals seem to accept alternative realities rather than facts.  Many would rather believe a comedian than know the actual facts.  
        Political correctness is an anti-free-speech tool.  It is one way the left attempts to restrict free speech.  We see students shunned and attacked on college campuses for expressing conservative ideas.  Employees are fired for expressing conservative ideas.  These restrictions of free speech must stop. 
        Repeating a lie often enough does not make it true.  The media should report the facts and not the legend.

“Trump did not bring division.  Division brought Trump.
If you don’t see that, then you’re part of the problem.”
Ava Armstrong

God bless President Trump and guide him to make America great again.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

AOC


        Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a U.S. congresswoman representing the eastern part of the Bronx and portions of north-central Queens in New York City.  She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and advocates progressive policies like:
·       Green New Deal
·       Medicare for All
·       Open borders
·       Abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
·       Free college for everyone
·       A 70% tax rate for the rich
·       Eliminating farting cows

        AOC is a socialist, but seems to have no idea how socialism works or the dismal failure of socialism historically.  She seems to be unaware of how socialism took Venezuela from the richest country on South America to people starving ten years later.
        She graduated cum laude from Boston Collage in 2011 with majors in international relations and economics.  She needs to get her money back.  She clearly has no understanding of basic economics or international relations.     
        It is impossible for any socialist country with open borders to survive.  Socialist countries always fail.  They take, take, and take until everyone is living in poverty except the government officials who live in luxury.  Complete government control leads to corruption, and eventually, dictators.  It usually requires bloodshed to return to some form of democracy.  Don’t buy the B.S. argument that they are talking Democratic Socialism.  There is no difference.
        AOC is constantly on the news and I can see why.  She is a joke.  Saturday Night Live can’t compete with her.  She wants big government to control every aspect of our lives.  I hope this is not where the Democratic Party is headed. 

 “Trump did not bring division.  Division brought Trump.
If you don’t see that, then you’re part of the problem.”
Ava Armstrong

God bless President Trump and guide him to make America great again.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ship of Fools


        I highly recommend Tucker Carlson’s book Ship of Fools.  Carlson explains “How a selfish ruling class is bringing America to the brink of a revolution.”
        Carlson exposes the ruling class.  That is what I often refer to as the political elite which includes:
·       The deep state
·       Unelected bureaucrats
·       Big money
·       The swamp
·       The Washington establishment
·       Career Republicans in Name Only or (RINOs )
·       Career Democrats

        In the past the political elite cared about individual freedom and liberty.  Now they only care about maintaining their power. 
        The tech giants like Face book and Amazon have become the countries new oligarchs, but they don’t create jobs like the old giants of industry.
        The political elite want open border’s because they want to “Import a Serf Class” which will keep wages down and who will vote for them. 
        A globalist agenda is financially beneficial to the ruling class.  They also talk peace and promote wars because it makes them money.
        Free speech is a problem for the political elite.  That is why they work to control education and the media.  Promoting political correctness is also one of their successful tools.
        America used to be the melting pot of the world.  Now politicians divide the country in every way imaginable.  They use race, sex, religion and anything else they can think of to divide the country.  The only thing that can’t be supported in any way is a straight, white, Christian, male.  They are proclaimed evil.
        The feminist movement has reached a point where it is no longer helping women.  It is hurting women and men alike.  The political elite don’t promote marriage, because   Democrats know single woman tend to vote Democrat.  
        Environmentalists have totally gone off the rails.  There was a time they cared about clean air, clean water, garbage, and protecting wildlife.  Those days are gone.  Birds are killed by the thousands by wind farms.  Some of our city streets are covered with garbage, needles, and human feces.  On some beaches, garbage cans been removed because it was too expensive to pick up the garbage.  It is cheaper just to let everyone litter the beach.
        Environmentalists now are only concerned with climate change.  This makes sense because they will never be out of a job since it is a problem that can’t be fixed by humans.  Scientific studies are “parameterized” to produce the desired results.  The political elite love the issue of climate change because it is an excellent means to redistribute wealth and increase their wealth and power.
        Tucker explains why Donald Trump’s election is so threatening to them.  Trump wants to represent ALL of America and take power away from the ruling class. 
        Read the book.  I learned a lot from it.

 “Trump did not bring division.  Division brought Trump.
If you don’t see that, then you’re part of the problem.”
Ava Armstrong

God bless President Trump and guide him to make America great again.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Can Mueller End The Investigation?


        The Mueller Special Council Investigation has been ongoing for what seems like years with nothing to show President Trump ever did anything wrong.  We keep hearing it is coming to an end, but it never happens. 
        The stated objective was to investigate Trump’s collusion with Russia.  There was none.  There was collusion with Russia by the Hillary campaign and Democratic National Committee to produce the fake dossier.  That fact does not interest anyone on the Mueller team.  The Mueller special council is totally made up of Democrats and Hillary supporters, which explains why there is no investigation of Clinton’s collusion with Russia.   
        Four members of the Mueller team were personally involved in fraud on the FISA Court.  Two of these have been removed.  Previously, Mueller had personally been investigated for at least 75 frauds on the FISA Court.  How can a biased group like this be objective? 
        Andrew Weissmann is Mueller’s right hand man.  Weissmann was involved in the ENRON and Arthur Anderson Accounting investigations.  Arthur Anderson was put out of business in spite of the fact that the company was later proved totally innocent.  Weissmann and Mueller’s conduct during these investigations should have led to disbarment at the very least. 
            Weissmann and Mueller like to indict people with bogus charges using threats of maximum penalties to force them to turn on their associates.  People often say anything to make a deal. 
        The SWAT team raids on Michael Cohen and Roger Stone are clearly the work of Weissmann.  He used these police state tactics for intimidation and headlines.  Criminal leaks often alert the media.  CNN was in place with their cameras set up one hour before the raid on Stone.  I don’t think that was by chance. 
        Weissmann is sometimes referred to as Mueller’s “Pit Bull.”  I find that very offensive and disrespectful to any dogs in the pit bull family.  There is a reason Staffordshire Terriers are called nanny dogs in England.  They may be the most loving breed of dogs.  To compare them to scum like Weissmann is just wrong. 
        If Mueller shuts down the investigation, he is admitting failure to the liberal left and the deep state that gave him the assignment.  He may also be concerned about criminal prosecution for his conduct during the investigation once he shuts it down.  Mueller has no choice but to keep the investigation running as long as possible, and hope for the Democrats to take total control in 2020.

 “Trump did not bring division.  Division brought Trump.
If you don’t see that, then you’re part of the problem.”
Ava Armstrong

God bless President Trump and guide him to make America great again.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

History & Future of Health Care


        There was a time when there was no medical insurance.  Towns had family doctors.  There were no hospitals.  Sick people stayed at home and were nursed by family, and doctors made house calls.
        Some doctors had nurses and rooms for critically ill or injured patients.  Doctors with medical specialties were located in larger cities with more rooms and staff. 
        There was no insurance so people paid for their own health care. If they were poor, the doctor would have to wait for payment or barter.  The doctor did not always get paid, but seldom withheld care from anyone.
        Sometimes the doctor was paid with eggs, meat, or firewood, but most people tried to pay the doctor with cash.  Medical doctors were the more affluent and respected members of the community. 
        Eventually hospitals were built to care for the sick.  They did provide a service, but were not profitable.  In order to keep the doors open, they started to ask people to pre-pay for their hospital stay.  It worked. 
        Insurance companies recognized a new market.  They sold the public on the security and convenience, and they sold the medical providers on reliable payment.  I blogged about this on March 8, 2012.  The title was The Greatest Marketing Job Ever in the US.
        Unionized industries promoted offering employees medical insurance because it was cheaper than giving them wage increases.  They were not farsighted enough to see how this could bite them in the future. 
        Medical insurance providers increased costs due to increased paperwork and patients no longer asked about cost.  When the government got involved costs increased.
        Patient care changed.  People had to get pre-approvals from their insurance provider for some services. They were often restricted on their choice of doctors.  Doctors began to run unnecessary tests to protect themselves from lawsuits.  Health care decisions were no longer between the Doctor and the patient. 
        Health care providers jacked up prices and then discounted to the insurance company.  This was unfair to any individual who had no medical insurance.  With medical insurance, health care costs are five times as high as if there was no medical insurance. 
        It drives me crazy when I hear politicians interchange the terms health care and medical insurance.  They are two separate and distinct things.  Government keeps trying to fix a problem that was caused by insurance with insurance.  
        How do we fix it?  The only solution is to encourage true major medical insurance, and health care savings plans.  It should be illegal for any health care provider to have any direct contact with an insurance company.  We also need tort reform to prevent frivolous law suits.  Heath care costs can and would be reduced by 50% to 80%.
        Unfortunately, this will probably never happen.  We have gone down a path of no return.  Any rational person knew that Obama Care could never work.  It was a step down the path to single-payer or Medicare-for-all which will also not work in the long run.  The last step is government provided health care, which will mean higher taxes and lower quality health care.  Not a bright future, but definitely where the country is going. 

“Trump did not bring division.  Division brought Trump.
If you don’t see that, then you’re part of the problem.”
Ava Armstrong

God bless President Trump and guide him to make America great again.