Articles from: May 2017

Health Care For Canadian Entrepreneurs The Most Sensible Option Is A Best Kept Secret

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The Shocking Truth is that you will only realize 70% of the value of a traditional health plan.

The reality is that for the small businesses (especially the sole owner type), monthly health benefit plans are designed to yield around 30% in profit for the Providers when it comes to routine health care expenses. On average, for a small business, you will only get out 70% of the premiums you put in – the traditional monthly plans are designed that way. And, if you claim more in one year, your premiums or limitations will normally increase to maintain that 70/30 ratio.

A Health Spending Account is a great alternative for entrepreneurs.

In contrast, a Health Spending Account (HSA) is far more cost effective for these routine health care expenses, without the artificial percentage and coverage limitations imposed by the insurance carriers. For example, most monthly health plans cover 80% for routine cleaning, up to a fixed annual limit per person. HSA’s have no percentage limits imposed – 100% is covered.

Monthly health plans typically cover only certain services. Few monthly plans cover things like glasses, massage therapy, orthotics, contacts, laser eye surgery, etc. A Health Spending Account allow entrepreneurs’ and their dependents to gain access to a full spectrum of health care services.

The final good news is that Revenue Canada (CRA) allows incorporated Canadian businesses to write-off 100% of the costs of a Health Spending Account, and all claim reimbursements to employees (and dependents) are completely tax-free.

Is it any wonder that today the majority of small Canadian incorporated businesses are now looking at a Health Spending Account, as either their primary, or secondary form of health coverage.

The bottom-line is that it is more economical to cover the routine costs, and the broader range of health care services through a Health Spending Account. In these situations, the monthly benefits plans are more restrictive, more costly and far less flexible.

Making Informed Investment Decisions

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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.

Entrepreneur Spirit 3

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Some people think becoming an entrepreneur is so difficult. They often think that to be an entrepreneur, money is the main factor. Actually, there is something else such as mental preparation that plays an important role.

Some people choose to be entrepreneurs because they do not want to suffer tight competition in the workforce, to have the desire for unlimited earnings, to have the freedom to determine their own destiny, and to be more independent or to have extra satisfaction on their personal achievement.

In the early stages of becoming entrepreneurs, however, people should realize that their income can be less than before, no more company allowances. Not mentioning that they have to work harder and longer hours, with the responsibility of employing their workers.

Moreover, they should cope with critics from their environment about how stupid they are for letting go such a good job with good payments and benefits.

People should have more than one income source, but by being entrepreneurs, they are working for themselves, and they alone will determine how much they want to earn and how.

Tips for new entrepreneurs:
Start with a low working capital, so people can minimize their potential loss that may occur.
The other advantage is to train to survive in the new business with minimum facilities.
Be flexible; entrepreneurs should revise their business concept with current trends and economical conditions.
It is recommended to have a mentor who can share knowledge and give advises on critical points.
Start with your hobbies.
By doing so, hopefully they can cope with the frustration and do not give up when they have to deal with difficulties.
Sometimes it is a good idea to do a completely new business idea that might bring less competitors.

Starting a new business needs capital. It is a safe way to use their own savings, because they do not have to pay interests or risk their assets when taking business loans from a local bank.

Avoiding interests should be considered since it is hard for a new business to gain profits during its first months of operation. It can take their breath away to pay high interests.

For people with a strong network, they can look for partners to cooperate with, so they also can share the capital.

Having a business does not mean that people will earn profits right away. Entrepreneurs should think about getting loyal customers and give them competitive services.

After a business has been developed, entrepreneurs might need employees. it is important to put honesty as the first criteria. It is a fact that honest people become rare nowadays, and you do not want to be cheated by your employees.

Last but not least, entrepreneurs should understand that running a business is a process. There will be some critical moments before they can earn a stable profit.

Differences Between Starting From Scratch And A 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.

Small Business Bank – How Specialized Banking Works for You

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If you’re opening a small business, you need a small business bank, pure and simple. Using your regular bank won’t net you the benefits that a specialized banking account can come with. No matter who you choose as a host for your banking needs, you always need to open a new account for a business. Never use your personal bank account as this can make it next to impossible to discern your business income and expenses from more personal sources. Always choose a new account, and look for a specialized bank whenever possible. The right bank will have a deep understanding of your business needs.

One of the most important features of a small business bank is an assortment of affordable banking solutions. Money is usually tight when you’re starting out. You don’t want to have a high minimum amount on your account that you can’t possibly sustain. If you need to make a large withdrawal for business purposes, you should know that you can do so without jeopardizing your bank account. It’s also important that you’re able to make deposits and withdrawals without a lot of fees. The right business bank will work with you so that you can maximize your profits early on.

Small businesses today are far different than what they were in the past. A mom and pop shop used to be a brick and mortar store with an easily-defined address and actual location. Today, many businesses are run online. You could be running your business from locations all over the country, or all over the globe. You can’t always work with the bank down the street. You need a small business bank that will go with you everywhere you happen to be. Online banking, mobile banking, and more are essential for a business banking account. You don’t want to be tied down to one location, and with the right account you won’t be.

When you’re getting ready to open a new banking account for your business, it’s important to take the time to do your research. Look into a variety of banking opportunities to find the small business bank that’s right for you. When you look at other offers, you’re sure to notice where the best deal really lies. It’s important to understand what’s out there so you don’t get sucked into the first well-worded advertisement you see. Compare your options and look for a small business banking account that provides all the services, benefits, and convenience you need to make your company a success.

Are Online Quick Money Makers Possible

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With such an ever-growing number of people who decide to chance their arm at an online business, it is becoming increasingly difficult to think of something new. However, there are also more and more potential customers in a world-wide market that is expanding even into places like Africa. Moreover, there are needs that people have nowadays that they didn’t have a few decades ago. Back in the time when the man of the house went to work and his wife, cooked, cleaned and took care of the kids, there wasn’t much of a market for things like, car modifying, multi-level marketing of correctable marker pens, children’s hair washing chairs and other such products and services that people are now convinced they couldn’t live without. Therefore, new ideas of what may appear crazy and unmarketable products or services might just make a millionaire out of someone. And, who wants to wait for years to become rich?

Quick money makers are possible in an infinite number of ways, so long as the person or people keep an open mind and are prepared to work hard on promoting and continually searching for customers for what they want to sell. It probably goes without saying that the most popular way nowadays and the most successful is to get the product or service online, in order to have maybe more than one billion prospective customers. However, it is also worth bearing in mind that what is good can also be bad. Consider this; once your new and great idea is out there, it is available not only for customers to see, but also others, who may want to steal it. So, if you have a new idea to earn money quickly, and not on a huge scale, there is a certain amount of sense in keeping it as far away from the good-old World Wide Web as possible. But limiting your chances of becoming a victim of your own success is definitely going to reduce the potential money earned.

The decision needs to be made right at the beginning of a new business venture on whether or not to ‘go online.’ It goes without saying that deciding afterwards that one should not have marketed your quick money maker on the web is a mistake. However, changing one’s mind in the other direction is far less damaging. The moral of the story is, ‘think big and you may win or lose big, but thinking small may be safe but hardly very profitable.’ There are people out there who, in a year or less from now, could be depending on your creation, invention or new product or service.

Financial Exploitation The Undetected Abuse To Seniors Part 1

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Undetected or Unreported?

For all types of elder abuse: for every reported case, there are 23.5 unreported cases.

For financial exploitation: for every reported case, there are 43.9 unreported ones.

For neglect cases: for every case undergoing investigation, there 57.2 unreported cases.

The New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study was the second-largest study ever conducted on elder abuse and the first one conducted on a statewide scope. Although the studys contents have not yet been released by New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the grim figures above were presented during a recent conference.

Scarier still, is the implication that the incidences of abuse may actually be even higher since the study excluded older persons who were unable to participate in telephone surveys.

Surprisingly, the most commonly reported was emotional abuse, followed by physical abuse; however, financial exploitation seemed to be the most prevalent form of elder mistreatment.

If previously undetected, how do we know if its occurring at all? And what can you do to stop it?

Prevention

Monitor Financial Activity. Look for these things:

Unusual activity based on ability, e.g. ATM use by a physically impaired person
Unexpected new withdrawals in round numbers ($50, $100, $1,000, etc.)
Withdrawals from a savings account or from checking accounts despite of penalties
Increased financial activity on bank statements
Requests to change account beneficiaries or issuance of authorizations
Elder showing signs of confusion related to finances
Property title changes or re-financing reports

Monitor Inheritance and Wills. Watch out for:

Changes in Power of Attorney or Durable Power of Attorney
Will or trust modifications when the elderly is incapable of requesting changes
Requesting will or trust changes that are in favor of a much younger friend

Caregivers should take note of these unusual behaviors:

Avoidance of discussion of financial matters that were once routine
Elderly showing signs of depression
Caregiver says the elderly wants to avoid calls and visits
Caregiver seeming to be overly concerned with financial matters
Caregiver speaking for the elder even when the elder is around
Perform background check if the caregiver has other means of support other than the elders income

Where to Get Support

For more resources related to elder abuse, you can contact the APS Network. You can find the appropriate contact numbers to call by clicking on the Report Abuse button on their website and then choosing your state.

If you require immediate legal assistance, you can contact local attorneys with years of expertise in elder law. For example, in Indianapolis City, you can reach out to Applegate-Harden Law Firm.

Small Business Development And Marketing Strategies

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Since most small businesses have suffered during the past several years due to declining sales generally caused by a chaotic economy, it should be helpful to explore the most practical and realistic marketing strategies available to them. Improving business development efforts is desirable during any financial and economic environment, but there are extra benefits to doing so when sales have declined for whatever reason. Because a typical small business owner does not have the luxury of choosing from many strategies available to larger companies, the marketing improvement process for small businesses is necessarily restricted to a relatively short list of business development alternatives. While the choices will vary from case to case, here are three marketing and business development strategies which will often be considered by small businesses:

* Advertising
* Increasing sales staff
* Business proposals

For most smaller companies, declining revenues have led to some financial challenges and the need to reduce operating expenses already. Therefore it is likely that a common limitation and goal in any marketing decision will be to keep the costs reasonable. When dealing with limited funds, small business owners should evaluate which marketing strategy is the most cost effective method. Business proposal writing usually emerges as the leading choice for small companies when cost effectiveness is taken into account.

There are several kinds of business proposals, and not all of them will be realistic options for each company. Here are the two business proposal types which are likely to be worth reviewing closely:

* Formal proposal solicitations
* Informal and unsolicited proposals

Of these two types, the second (unsolicited and informal proposals) usually deserves the most attention by small businesses. Formally solicited proposals are typically announced by a Request for Proposal (RFP) process and are subject to more public awareness and competition by other companies. Depending on competitive circumstances, it is certainly possible that responding to an RFP might be well-suited to some small business situations. In other words, look carefully before deciding to ignore the RFP possibility.

An informal or unsolicited proposal process potentially offers the most freedom for a small business. Timing is frequently a major problem for an RFP because the company or government agency issuing it determines in advance when it will publish the Request for Proposal and in turn will also determine the deadlines for responses. The timing for unsolicited and informal proposals is effectively under the complete control of the small business which is preparing a proposal. The combination of reduced competition and scheduling flexibility usually makes this a compelling approach to business development and proposals.

Discover the Resources Especially Created for a Woman Entrepreneur

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Did you know there is a whole list of resources specifically created for women who want to start their own business? This means there is available help for anyone wanting to open a bakery, clothing store, or even a veterinarian office. Resources can be things such as mentors, women’s business organizations, loans, and grants. These have all been created to help a woman entrepreneur become successful in a sometimes difficult business world.

This means you need to have all of your business plans nailed down, especially before looking for financial help. The loan officer at the bank will want to know how money will be made, materials purchased, and how advertising will take place. They want you to succeed, but at the same time, they won’t loan money to just anyone – male or female.

At the beginning, if you are struggling to get your business off the ground, look for a business mentor who can go over your notes. They can tweak parts and provide suggestions, especially since they have already been in your place. Another suggestion is to apply for loans and grants especially designed to help a woman entrepreneur succeed in the business world.

There are several places where you can apply for loans and grants. One is the Small Business Association, as they often provide help to any business that has considerable potential. This means going through their list of funding opportunities and applying for the appropriate loans. There are also federal grants, specifically created to help a minority-owned company, which includes women. There are also women grants available.

Other options available for a woman entrepreneur is funding through private sector grants and loans or women’s business organizations. Make sure to research which opportunities fit your need the most. Then start making your dreams come true.

Want to know more about woman entrepreneur? Find insight, inspiration, and tips on how to make money doing what you love at this blog: womanzworld.com

Business Startup Loans – Funds to sustain your trade

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Now in this new era every individual has a scope of starting a new trade for extra earning. Not every person can be eligible as you need a good cash flow to run any trade. Business startup loans is good solution to start your own new business without any hesitation. This facility is meant for industrialists who need simple and fast funds to start their business.

The applicant can avail this facility is he/she wants to on a large scale, then long term advance would suite the most. They are those finances which prove to be useful for the purpose of opening a new industry or company. This scheme is really beneficial for people who are not able to arrange funds for the opening of a new company or industry.

These advances are categorized into the secured and unsecured form.If the applicant wants to apply for a secured from of credit they will have to place security against the loan sum taken. Thus, they will carry a reasonably lower rate of interest as the lenders risk is protected. In case of the failure of the payment by the applicant lender will recognize the security and pick up the amount of the funds.

The unsecured category does not stipulate any security. Therefore, it carries a moderately higher rate of interest as the lenders risk in dealing with you is extra. However, the applicant does not have to worry about losing their possessions as they do not place any security in this form of recognition.

In the normal procedure, the submission process is very simple and fast. The candidate needs to fill a relevance form giving all the essential details. The applicant must ensure that the information they propose is right. A single form is to be filled. Once the appeal form is established and approved, the lender will transfer the funds into your pay account.

John Michel is a distinguished author who has lended his expertise to a vast range of products and services centered around Business and Commercial loans.For more information related to Business startup loans,loans for business start up, small business start up loans please visit

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