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Franchise Business Start-Up Time

Franchise Business Start-UpYou may have been wondering… when it comes to franchise business start-up time… How long does it take to start a franchise business? We’re specifically talking about the time needed to go from purchasing a franchise and signing all the paperwork to getting your new business running?

The short and annoying answer will be: that will depend on the type of franchise you’re purchasing.

Franchise Business Start-Time: Long and Slow

For example, if you buy a franchise with a physical store front, whether it’s a restaurant, a pub, a car repair shop, or a coffee shop, it can take months until your first customer walks through the door.

So if you would like to benefit from Christmas shoppers, think 2018. You would have to purchase your franchise far in advance. Plus, there may also be extensive training.

Franchise Business Start-Up Time: Fast And Almost Instant

On the other hand, some franchises are set up in a way that allows you to get started within days! For example, with our Crane Business Solutions Franchise, you won’t have to create any complicated infrastructure.

The training will take two days. Sure, it will be quite intense, and you’ll get more training as you go, but you can open up for business as soon as you get home and have access to the back office.

Be Open For Business in Time For the Pre-Christmas Shopping Season

So with Crane Franchise, you could be ready for the entire pre-Christmas shopping season even if you get started in September – or even early October. How come it can be this fast?

How Does The Crane Business Solutions Franchise Start-Up Work

Once you decide to acquire a Crane Business Solutions Franchise, and all the paperwork etc. is completed, the training will take about
two days, and after that, you’ll be up and running, ready to get clients and make sales!

The reason it’s so fast is because you’ll work from your home office. There won’t be any special set-up required, let alone any construction of new premises. And on the back end, we’ll have everything set up for you and your customers to place the orders and get them delivered as soon as you’ve finished your training.

The Perfect Time To Take Action

So if you’re ready to take advantage of those pre-Christmas sales, this could be the perfect way to do it. What’s more, right now, as part of our special “back to work” promotion, you can get your new franchise for a much lower investment than usual, and with extra start-up support as well.

Just contact us on 0800 007 5566 and ask to speak to our franchise sales team to find out more about our Crane Franchise Business Start-Up and get your business in time to benefit from Christmas Shopping 2017. Or visit us at http://cranefranchise.co.uk

Document Storage Archiving Benefits

document storage archiving benefitsPaper seems innocuous. A sheet of paper is not a big deal. But one sheet at a time, it can accumulate until you find yourself with a wall of file cabinets or boxes in your back room. In fact, when you feel crowded out of your own office, it’s time to think about document storage archiving benefits!

How much paper do you store in your office? Yes, I’m referring to paper that you are just keeping in your office because the government requires you to produce it whenever they want to take a look.

Do you wish you could use all that space for another purpose?

You can!

Why not store your non-active paperwork in a safe and secure storage and archival facility outside of your office? We’d like to invite you to consider ours!

Why we started our secure and archival storage facility

Here’s how we discovered the document storage archiving benefits…

You see, we used to have the same problem. Our office was filling up with paper, and we really needed that space for our staff members. So I took a close look at our warehouse and realized that I had a lot more warehouse space than I really needed.

After all, our suppliers are excellent when it comes to on-demand delivery, so I didn’t need to stock as much inventory as I used to.

First, I moved my own sensitive “must keep for the government” documents to my warehouse. And then I realized I could help quite a few other business owners reclaim their space by placing their own sensitive yet non-active paperwork in storage.

So we’ve been offering our secure archival service to our customers in the London and Kent area ever since.

How Do You Reap Your Document Storage Archiving Benefits

Here’s how it works…

You label your boxes and keep a record of what’s in each one.

We pick them up with our trackable vans and deposit them in our secure and archival storage area.

If you should need some or all of them again, maybe for an audit, just let us know and we’ll bring them back to your office.

Afterwards, we’ll be glad to pick them up and place them back on our shelves, so you can use your office space for your own purposes

If at any time you are ready to dispose of some or all of that paper, we’ll be happy to shred it for you.

If you’re looking for a reliable, secure, and LOCAL archival document storage service, we’ll be glad to help. Just call us on 0800 007 5566 and get all the details. Of course, you can also contact us on Live Chat!

We’re looking forward to helping you conquer the paper challenge and enjoy your own document storage archiving benefits!

P.S.: As you know, office space is expensive, and in the London area it can cost up to £150 per square foot… or even more. Just how much are you paying for parking your paper in your back office? Do the math! I’d like to offer you a MUCH more economical solution…

P.S.: We can also help you get rid of paper altogether! When you have paper with sensitive information you no longer need, we’ll shred it for you securely. We also have industrial-strength shredders so you can do it yourself.  And when you need to recycle paper, we’ll be happy to pick it up for recycling anytime we make a delivery.

Success Habits for Business People

success habits for business peopleA few months ago, I wrote about tools for success, focusing on things like business cards, logos, brochures, and other tangible items. But that’s not all there is to the topic. There are also success habits for business people!

So today, I’d like to address that other aspect of the topic: intangible tools for success, including habits, skills, and how you interact with the world around you. Those fall under the topic personal development.

Consider this:

Jeff Walker, a hugely successful entrepreneur used to pursue his personal development privately. But once he started meeting more and more successful business people, he realized that they ALL were big fans of personal development. In fact, most of them credited their personal development practices for a good part of their success.

Here’s a video of Jeff Walker talking about his personal development journey:

Considering that most successful business owners incorporate multiple personal development practices into their lives, I’d like to ask you:

What are your own personal development practices? Chances are you have a few, from being self-aware to working on your skills and having healthy habits.

I’d like to start with looking at one of the key practices:

Success Habits for Business People: Learning

Whether you’re deepening your knowledge in your area of expertise or are learning new information, learning is key when it comes to personal development activities. Reading, listening to audiobooks, or watching videos are all activities you can use to incorporate learning into your daily life. You might even want to take a course here and there.

Learning increases your knowledge and skills, and it also keeps your mind sharp! Get into a personal development habit to feed your mind and spirit the information that primes it for success.

Just don’t go overboard!

There can be too much of a good thing… If you accumulate knowledge haphazardly, you may end up feeling intimidated and inadequate. Learning is meant to support you, and help you enhance your knowledge as well as your confidence, not add stress into your life.

Also watch out for getting caught up in the shiny object syndrome. Don’t just keep trying to learn new things for the sake of adding them to the stash of information in your brain, without ever applying them to anything important in your life.

Instead, focus on adding information that you then apply. Choose information to improve areas that matter most to you. For example, if you’re working on improving your communication skills or your sales skills, focus on those areas. It’s one of the most useful success habits for business people you can master.

Of course, don’t forget the tangible tools either. You’ll still need the right business cards, brochures, and all the rest of the things that make your business run effectively.

We’re here to assist you. Just call our office on 0800 007 5566 or use our Live Chat and ask away.

Let us help you shine!

Compatible Toner And Ink Cartridges

compatible toner and ink cartridgesDo you ever wonder about the difference between compatible toner and ink cartridges vs. those that come from the original manufacturer? I mean, other than price? And what about remanufactured cartridges?

The price issue is certainly significant. And it does make you think… What about reliability and safety for your equipment? Can you really save all that money and still get high quality performance out of your printer?

Read on and find out the differences and similarities, along with the best options for YOUR needs. Which one should you buy? The difference in price between the cartridges from the original manufacturer as compared to the compatible cartridges or the remanufactured ones is quite significant. Does that also reflect a matching difference in quality?

Knowing the answer to that question will help you decide which type of cartridges to get while preserving your peace of mind. After all, you need high quality print output. You don’t want any smears, smudges, or fuzzy print on your document!

What is an Original Cartridge?

The cartridges we generally consider original are brand new, and they have been made by the same manufacturer whose name is also on your printer. Since HP is one of the most common brands for printers, an HP cartridge would be considered an original one, also called an OEM product.

Many people really value the trust factor, and are willing to pay a significant premium for getting an “original” cartridge. However, there are alternatives, as we’ll see below.

Compatible Toner and Ink Cartridges

Compatible Toner and Ink Cartridges are also brand new. They have been freshly manufactured… just not by the manufacturer who made your printer.  There are quite a few third party manufacturers who create cartridges that are basically identically to the original ones.

Most of those so-called third party manufacturers create the same high quality products as the original manufacturer.

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Remanufactured Cartridges

Unlike compatible toner and ink cartridges, remanufactured cartridges are not brand new. They have been used, generally once. Then, they have been returned to be cleaned and refilled. Of course they are also tested before being sent out to be used again.

Why is there such a big difference in price?

Consider the price you’ve paid for your printer…  generally, printers are comparatively inexpensive. Sometimes, they even throw one in for free when you buy a computer! Yes, even (and especially) brand name printers!

The reason for that is that the printers’ manufacturers’ sell their printers at a steep loss, expecting to make their money back on the back end, i.e., by selling the ink and toner cartridges.

But with the increasing popularity of compatible and remanufactured cartridges, the math no longer works as expected.

What about Print Quality?

For quite some time, people placed a lot of trust in brand names and paid a premium to get the “real deal.” But word got out that the print quality was essentially the same. The ink formulation of the compatible cartridge is virtually identical to that of the brand name cartridge.

Whether it’s the colour reproduction, the print quality in general, or the ease of use, there’s really no difference between the two options.

What about failure rates? The failure rate is indeed slightly higher, but it is very insignificant in the grand scheme of printing. Consider that the brand name cartridges have a failure rate of less than 0.5%, and black remanufactured cartridges have a failure rate of 1%. Consider how many cartridges you would have to buy before that difference becomes significant!  Just do the math!

Depending on how much you’re printing, this means one or two failed cartridges every five years or so, at most. Chances are that you won’t ever encounter a bad cartridge.

What about the warranty?

You may be wondering whether using compatible toner and ink cartridges can void the warranty of your printer.  And you’ll be happy to know that the answer is “No!”  Thanks to the Competition Act passed in 1998, there are clear guidelines that protect you as the consumer and give you free choice of where you purchase your cartridges.

Which toner or ink cartridge should you choose?

As you’ve seen, there are three types of options – OEM, compatible, and remanufactured cartridges. And they all are manufactured to the highest standards, and are virtually guaranteed to work for your printer.

Why not purchase a compatible or remanufactured cartridge with your next OEM order and do a comparison test yourself! Both kinds come with a satisfaction guarantee, so if you don’t like them, you can return them.

Our customers have been very happy with both our compatible cartridges and the remanufactured ones. And if you aren’t for some reason, we’ll gladly take them back and issue a refund.

We’re so happy with compatible cartridges, that we’re having a special promotion right now. Just call us on July 19 on 0800 007 5566 to ask about our specials and get your compatible cartridges to do your own test! Of course you can also use our Live Chat.

Missed the deadline? Call us anyway, and we’ll be happy to assist you!

We’re looking forward to helping you look good – and crisp, accurate printing is certainly part of that!

 

Summer Business Success Tips

summer business successAre you worried about the summer slowdown? Sure, Summer Business Success would be nice, but quite a few of your customers may be on holiday, and business may be slower than usual. But it doesn’t have to be.

There are many ways to actually take advantage of the different dynamics during the hot days. Let’s take a look at three of them.

1) Summer Business Success in spite of the “thinner” crowd

I’m sure there are people you might want to make contact with or stay in touch with to grow your network. Perhaps they are influencers who can put you in touch with many potential new clients. Or they are key prospects you want to turn into clients. During the rest of the year, they are often too busy to make the time. But during summer, they are likely to welcome a lunch invitation.

2) Find Summer Business Success By turning your clients and customers into VIPs

Yes, some of your clients and customers will be out of the office. But most of them will still be around. Now is a great time to let them know just how much you appreciate them – and establish a stronger bond with them.

With VIP days, special summer offers, and particularly special events, where they get to enjoy summery treats, you can draw them in. After all, they too will probably have a little more time than usual.

3) Participate in community events… or create your own

I believe that participating in community events can be an excellent business building activity. They are great opportunities to get in front of your potential prospects and clients. But what if your community doesn’t offer many (or even any) of these types of events?

Just create your own! You can either offer them all by yourself, or team up with fellow business owners and organisations, and create profit boosting events that can benefit you all – and give you lots of extra visibility in your community.

The key to summer business success is to plan early so you can get these items into the hands of your prospects and customers before they go away on holiday. Of course, they also make excellent give-aways and prizes for the community events I mentioned above.

As you can see, there’s a lot you can do to give your business a big boost during the supposedly slower time of the year. What are your favorite summer marketing activities? Please leave a comment below.

For more information about what we do, please visit us at http://cranebusinesssolutions.com. And please check out http://CraneFranchise.co.uk to find out more about our franchise