Franchise Financing: 7 Loan Options For Your Franchise

Finding the correct franchise financing is integral to securing a loan for your business. Whether you're pursuing a conventional or business loan, the options available to owners are vast. Lenders provide all these types of loans, making it easier to find a finance option that works best with your needs and ambitions. We discuss seven franchise financing options and how they affect the maximum loan size, amount financed payments, and interest rates. What Is Franchise Financing? Franchise financing refers to how a franchisee pays for franchise fees and business expenses such as initial merchandise, equipment, or value-added products. There are numerous financing opportunities available for all types of franchise businesses. These options vary in structure to determine the amount of the loan. Interest rates also vary based on the size of the loan. How Can You Get Financing for a Franchise? Financing options vary based on the franchise type, location, and financi…
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3 Tips for Post-Pandemic Prosperity

The COVID-19 pandemic was tough on individuals, businesses, and economies everywhere. Organizations had to adjust their operations to stay afloat. In a post-pandemic world, companies have to make more changes to secure their growth in the long term. For example, you may have to alter how you approach marketing during a pandemic and after.

 As a business owner, you must take time to regroup and think about running a successful firm in the new world. You might wonder what measures to take to ensure post-pandemic prosperity. Keep reading for a breakdown of actions to take to thrive in the new normal.

Economic Recovery After COVID-19: Trends in 2023

The state of a nation's economy affects businesses and individuals alike. Thus, effective economic recovery after COVID will benefit both these groups. Here are some trends for recovery following the pande…

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The Importance of Delegation in Growing Your Gym Business

As the CEO, you may want to control every aspect of your business and ensure everything is going well. However, as your company grows, having control of every process becomes impossible. Has your company grown? If so, you need to learn how to delegate like a CEO.

First, separate different tasks into specific categories when pursuing delegation in management. Then figure out who can handle which assignment the best. Then, you'll need to delegate the tasks to the best employees. Now, spend your time focusing on complex and big-picture items.

To learn how to delegate like a CEO, read the guide below. Now, let's get started!

What Does Delegation in Management Really Mean?

Delegation is a vital part of a manager's job. However, many supervisors and managers avoid del…

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What Is Overhead in the Gym Business?

All businesses must have the necessary funds to drive the cost of production and aid in increasing the overall gross revenues.

However, if the overhead costs, which are the expenses required to keep the business running, exceed the regular amount, the business may suffer a revenue loss.

So, what is overhead? Business owners need to track their business expenses to avoid draining the company’s revenues.

Overhead refers to the working expenses that drive the operation of a business. However, it excludes the costs involved in manufacturing and producing goods and services.

So if you are looking at overhead vs. operating expenses, overheads are the expenses incurred by a business to stay operating regardless of its success in the industry. Unlike operating expenses,…

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Short-Term Gym Business Loans: The Versatile Option

Finding the right financing options is a major challenge for gym businesses. Many small enterprises, including new gym startups, don’t yet have collateral. In some cases, their structure requires a flexible lending option.

This is where short-term business loans come in. Unfortunately, you probably won’t have much luck at the bank. In fact, an average of a minimum of 80 percent of small business loan applications at banks are rejected. Fortunately, however, there are other options.

With a reputable non-bank short-term business loan option, you enjoy accessibility and versatility. Here’s everything you need to know about how to get a business loan without collateral or a stellar credit score.

A short-term business loan (also referred to as a short-term commercial loan or SBA loan) is a loan that you pay bac…

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5 Secret Tips for Successful Negotiation in Business

Negotiation is a necessity for any successful business transaction.

Sometimes, the negotiations shape formal affairs with clear objectives. Other times, negotiation in business is a continuous process that develops to suit parties’ business goals.

Strong negotiation skills are essential if you are looking for success as a small or large business. Let us go through the top five secret tips professionals use for a successful negotiation.

Importance of Negotiation for Your Business

Negotiation can elevate your stand on the success ladder, and it’s also an art. Negotiating allows amplification of the value of your work as a business.

However, it does not benefit a single business or person. The negotiation agreements on any cause address important matters or find…

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Jim Thomas’ Gym Industry Menu of Services that Get Results.

Jim Thomas Fitness Management & Consulting — We have designed a portfolio of service offerings that are intended to go to the root of the issues in the gym industry.

Education

YouTube Channel

Blog

Business & Strategic Planning

Corporate Gym Management

Outsource CEO/COO Services

Gym Trouble Shooting/Operational Analysis

Health and Fitness Recruiting

Expert Witness

Sales & Marketing

Sales Training — Onsite or Remote

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7 Tips for Building a Better Network

Networking is connecting with other people, usually for professional reasons. It’s often seen as a necessary evil by many people, but the truth is that networking can be an excellent tool to help you achieve your business goals. There are countless benefits to networking, such as: Gaining exposure for your business Meeting new potential customers or clients Developing new business relationships Learning from other companies in your industry Finding new suppliers or vendors An excellent way to start networking is by attending local business events or joining a business networking group. You can also connect with other businesses online through social media or professional networking sites, like LinkedIn. The Best Tools for Better Networking There are various tools that make networking easier and more approachable. Here are some of the most notable tools. Social media: Use social media to connect with other businesses in your industry or local area. …
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Reading Federal Funds, Prime, and Discount Interest Rates

When studying the economy, three interest rates control lending to banks, mortgages, and consumer loans. The three terms that often get confused are federal funds, prime, and discount interest rates, which helps with understanding SBA loans.

Anyone wanting to know how the economy works needs to know what the discount rate, the federal funds rate, and the prime rate are and why they are important.

What Is the Discount Rate?

The discount rate is an interest rate the Federal Reserve charges for discount loans. This is the rate the Fed sets, so member banks can borrow money overnight if they need funding. The Fed sets the rate to allow banks to borrow so banks don’t fall below their mandated reserve levels.

The discount rate is also called the primary credit rate. The Federal Reserve sets this rate so banks…

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5 Things to Consider Before Owning a Gym

Reposted from www.abcfinancial.com

Congratulations, you’ve decided you are ready to become a gym owner. The global fitness and health club industry generates more than $80 billion in annual revenue. However, just because the market is great does not mean you should dive into the industry without proper research and planning.

You need to create a plan to ensure you have the proper certifications, a streamlined process to collect membership dues, know how many employees you’ll need to hire and have an automated way to simplify administrative tasks. Ensuring that you have everything you need to run a successful gym is critical before you make that leap. Below we have outlined 5 things to consider before owning a gym:

Certifications

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How to Create a Sales Culture in your Gym

When a gym commits to creating a sales culture in order to increase sales and profits, there are some fundamental rules that should be the foundation of any successful implementation. Once these rules are established other items can be addressed as the health club moves toward the full adoption of the new sales culture. All staff in your facility must be involved. Any successful gym sales culture needs to include each and every employee from the owner to the lowest paid person. No one can be exempt. Some gym owners think that the idea of a sales culture is a membership sales department function that doesn’t affect other club departments. However, a true sales culture means that everyone takes responsibility for increasing sales by adopting a member and guest-centered attitude in doing their individual jobs. All staffers must have a real stake in the game when it comes to the performance of the gym. No matter how much your staffers hear about a sales culture in your gym …
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So, You Want to Be a Successful Gym Owner?

Let’s start with these simple questions

As with anything that has an upside, there will be risk. You can’t avoid it. However, you can help mitigate this risk with proper planning and preparation and surrounding yourself with industry experts. A place we always like to start by asking ourselves these 2 questions; what am I good at? And where do I struggle? Review the following questions to see where you need some help to improve your business;

· Are you a self-starter? The big failure I see in this area is we become content quickly. We don’t really start to push until the pressure is on. So many gym owners wait and wait, hoping things will change and then it’s too late. I think it was Mark Cuban that said it, “work each day like someone is trying to take it all away from you.

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Why hire a Membership Sales Coach when I already have a Sales Manager in my Gym?

Most health clubs already have a membership sales manager or someone who is in charge of membership sales production in some capacity, so why hire a sales coach for the membership department? Many sales managers are not trained in the subtleties of effective gym sales training nor have they developed the necessary skills and tools to be effective sales leaders. The most common way to hire a gym sales manager is to simply promote your best sales person in the membership department. This logic suggests this person is the most qualified to lead the membership sales team based on their past membership sales achievements. This type of promotion by necessity is common, but not commonly successful. In the process you may even lose your top membership sales performer when their leadership abilities fail to match their sales ability. The key reason being: Great gym sales people don’t often make great gym sales managers.

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Why Use a Health Club Consultant, Coach or Mentor

Why Use a Health Club Consultant, Coach or Mentor?

Isolation

Directors of health clubs and owners in particular, may be gregarious and confident, but they can also be very isolated. There are not many people to whom they can turn for help, often no one in their own organization. Uncertainty about trust and confidentiality, personal competition and the slipperiness of the business ladder often make it hard for an Owner or Director or Manager to turn to a colleague about issues that may put into question their performance or tenure.

A Fresh Mind

Perhaps even more common, however, is simply the wish to consult a fresh mind, someone who brings no investment or position of his own, an outsider who is not involved with the orga…

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Tedious Gym Management Tasks that Can Be Automated

Reposted from www.abcfinancial.com

There is no longer the time nor the place for tedious, manual tasks involved in managing your gym; automation is taking its place. Time is too valuable to waste, and with the industry growing at 3% annually, integrating efficiency into your gym operations to keep up with competition is imperative to your success. Even the simplest tasks can be automated to save you time and add a layer of professionalism to your gym. With the advancement of gym management technology, it is now an expectation that processes be completed as quickly and easily as possible.

These five tasks can be laborious if done manually, but if you start to automate them, you’ll see these tasks can be a piece of cake!

Member Check-In

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