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What Is The Role Of A Trade Union

Most people have heard of trade unions, especially when they appear in the news in connection with teachers’ strikes and such matters, but quite often people do not fully understand the purpose of a trade union, who they represent, and the possible benefits of belonging to a trade union. Do you have to join a trade union? Will you be penalised by your employer if you do? How can a trade union help you? This article seeks to address some of these questions and takes a brief look into the overall role of trade unions.

A trade union is a membership organisation that seeks to help and protect its members in the working environment. Although trade union representatives try to establish and maintain good working relationships with employers – and indeed between their members and those members’ employers – most trade unions are independent of any specific employer.

A trade union will seek to help its members in a whole manner of situations. They may negotiate favourable pay and working conditions for their members and discuss and advice on any big changes taking place in the working environment (such as mass redundancy). They will also talk over with their members any concerns they may have about their working environment and help them to find a solution, accompany them in disciplinary matters and at employment tribunals and provide them with legal and financial advice where needed.

Trade unions may also provide protection and representation for their members outside of the workplace. For example, they may try and place pressure on the government or public bodies to make changes which will benefit their members or may seek to promote their members’ rights and objectives in other ways.

By law, an employer cannot penalise an employee for deciding to join a trade union, deciding not to join a trade union, or deciding to leave a union of which they were previously a member. The decision is entirely up to the employee and they must not be made to feel any pressure about their decision by their employer.

In conclusion, many workers join a trade union because they believe they will be able to negotiate better pay and terms and conditions, they will have access to training for new skills, they feel confident that they will have somebody to turn to – who has their best interests in mind – who will be able to help them with any problems at work. They are also attracted by the prospect of lifelong legal and financial advice that will be made available to them. If you are interested in a joining a trade union you should look for information in your work handbook or contact the TUC for details of your local union.

Copyright (c) 2011 Robert Gray

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Own A Franchise Financial Conversations To Have With Your Family Before Choosing A Franchise

Guest Blogger: Ray Moore, CFE, Vice President of Development, BrightStar

The successful franchisee will first and foremost find the right fit. The right fit may be the one that best fits his or her financial resources and goals. The potential franchisee should sit down with their spouse and family and ask some hard questions. Together they will have to decide what outcomes they need to realize to consider this venture a success. They will have to separate out the must have or non-negotiable outcomes before shopping for a franchise opportunity.

The couple/family should agree to the following each family will have to fill in the blanks according to their own circumstances. Its a good idea to consult an accountant:

1.We will not invest more than $_____ of our cash/liquid capital.
2.We will not borrow more than $______ in additional funds to capitalize the business.

With any start up, business owners need to have enough money, either set aside or in other income, to cover household bills and run the business for 12 to 18 months. The following questions will help determine how much is needed:

3.To make sure we can still live comfortably while growing the business, we will cut our household budget to $ ____ per month for at least ____ months and be sure to never exceed that budget.
4.We will only buy a franchise that we have confidence can get big enough to feed itself, i.e., income (cash flow) will cover monthly business expenses (fixed and variable costs), no later than ___ months after signing the agreement.

With many new business start ups, the owner will not be able to take a salary for 1-2 years. The family needs to know that household expenses will be covered during that time.

5.We will only seek a franchise for sale that we have confidence will be able to pay me a discretionary salary (enough to cover some or all of household expenses) without harming the business no later than ___ months after signing the agreement.
6.We will generate other income of $___ (amount needed to make up for loss of other income and savings budget) from ___ (spousal income, other household income or investments) independent of the new franchise business.
7.We will only pursue a franchise business opportunity that will allow us to have our initial investment back, i.e., pay off the start up loan from business income, in ____ months/years.

These are just some of the items that typically come up, or should come up, during the conversations leading up to buying a franchise. Asking the right questions will get you the answers you need. Ask them of yourself, your spouse, your family, the franchisor and other franchisees so you can get the full picture of what your life will be like while building your business, and what it can be like once you have established your new franchise.

Ray Moore, CFE, BrightStar

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When You Desperately Need Rent Money – How To Find Fast Emergency Cash

Few people would disagree that these are truly hard times for a lot of people. That includes those (like me and perhaps you) who are renters instead of house buyers.

But sometimes, bills pile up, and we need rent money…and need it fast. Rent isn’t the only living expense we have, of course, but is there usually any bill we consider more important? After all, if you don’t have a place to live, everything else matters less. You can live, if forced to, without a phone, an Internet connection, cable TV, even electricity (though that’s a tough one). But when you lose the roof over your head, that’s a major big deal, no two ways about it.

If you’ve ever said, “I need rent money…and I need it fast to avoid eviction,” then I’m talking to you here.

In times past, I too have been “up against it,” as they say…down to my last few dollars, with the rent already overdue, and waiting for the “other shoe to fall.” You know….that knock on the door with your landlord standing there…or a phone call from the apartment or property manager.

What do you do…what CAN you do…to raise what maybe I could call “eviction rent”? Well, having been in just such a situation, I’ve learned some ways to raise fast emergency cash…and some ways to definitely avoid at all costs. One way that’s a total dead-end is to go for the quick, easy fix: a payday or car title loan. You risk your car, your paycheck, your peace of mind…and maybe even get forced into bankruptcy. And if you do manage to pay back your, say, $600 loan over the full term you’re given, you’re likely to end up paying more like $1,200.

But fortunately, there are other ways that can help you get money quick…ways I’ve uncovered in my own search for ways to get cash quick. Some of them, most everybody already knows about. But beyond those are scores of other dependable, proven ways to find or raise cash when you need rent money or money for some other emergency. I’ve pulled them together in a brand-new resource that includes ways both well-known and virtually unknown…but all of them, ways that will get you out of your current bind and back to a place where you can breathe again.

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Franchise Opportunities In India

Franchised operations in India are increasing by the day. Being geographically vast and culturally diverse, India offers the most favorable franchising environment. While companies benefit by having many profit making outlets in different parts of the country, franchisees in India benefit by being able to generate good returns with little investment and risk involved. Entrepreneurs are making the most of India’s franchising market and growing economy by becoming successful franchisees. Indian franchisees can now choose from a plethora of international as well as domestic franchising companies. There are numerous attractive franchising options available in various sectors.

Ever since the franchising boom in the nineties, there have been many success stories. Franchisees in India helped many businesses grow and establish, while also gaining immensely from their business ventures. Examples of international franchises that have been successful in India include food and beverages giants such as Subway, Mc Donald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken among others. Indian companies that have benefited from franchising include names such as Barista, MRF, NIIT and Apollo hospitals among others. It’s not just the bigger companies; smaller international and domestic companies also look for franchisees in India. The capital required for such ventures would be smaller when compared to highly reputed companies. The downside however, is that the risks are more, since you cannot ride on the popularity wave generated by the reputed companies.

Depending on your choice of business, you can either work from home or from an outside location. The initial capital you may require to start a franchising venture will depend on the type of business and the franchisor’s requirements. Most home-based franchise options are suited for work-at-home women. Cosmetics, healthcare products, services, home business household products and e-commerce ventures, make for convenient yet rewarding franchising options. Franchisors provide training and support and your business can gain from the image and professionalism of the franchising company.

Franchising allows entrepreneurs to have their own business, without many of the risks associated with a start-up business. Franchising also offers you great income and a flexible work style. But, as a potential franchise purchaser, you need to carefully consider the finances and risks associated, prior to starting your business. Read Franchise Plus to learn about the benefits, profits and risks associated with franchising in India. We help you make an informed franchising decision for a successful franchising venture in India.

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Insant Bank Of America Modification 7 Days Or Less

If you are trying to get a Bank of America Modification, this is the best program out there. Whether you have tried to contact your lender on your own or just want the best rate reduction possible, you have to read this.

Traditionally, modifications with B of A have been tough. Trying to get in touch with your lender yourself and getting it to go through was very hard for homeowners to accomplish. Now, you don’t have to worry about all that. You can find out if you are approved, what you new interest rate will be and what your new payment will be almost instantly. Plus, the loan modification can be completed in 7 days or less! This is so much faster than a traditional loan modification that can take two to three months to complete.

The benefits of this program are pretty clear:

1. You get to find out if you are approved within hours or days

2. You get to find out exactly what your new payment will be

3. You can now decide if pursuing a loan modification with Bank of America is benefitial to your situation or if you have to pursue another option.

4. You do not have to wait 2-3 months to find out if you are even approved or to complete the whole loan modification

5. There are no upfront fees with this program!

6. Get your new loan docs signed within a week or less

7. In many cases, your first payment can be pushed back a month or more to further ease your financial burdens!

This program is only offered by a few select companies. To get more information and to see if you qualify for this program, just click the links below and call the phone number or fill out the form. It could not be any easier to get a Bank of America modification! Don’t wait, this program may not last long…

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Five Power Principles Successful Entrepreneurs Know And Use To Create Immense Wealth.

Five Power Principles Successful Entrepreneurs Know And Use To Create Immense Wealth.

#1 Process Comes Before Outcomes.

No field of human endeavour is completely isolated from all others. Parallels arise in sports from which wealth creators can learn interesting things.

Take this principle of focussing on process before outcome to build your financial freedom. Whilst not wishing to compare boxers of different eras or weight divisions, it is true to say that over the years a few proud men stand far above their peers as successful boxers. What such men have is a true gladiatorial spirit. They are all possessed of a passion for what they call ring craft The art of the ring.

These sportsmen become very wealthy, not because of focussing on the money but rather by concentrating on the process of perfecting their ring craft and survival skills inside the ropes. In return, they reap the rewards of huge pay days and corresponding wealth.

#2 Prove Your Business Idea Early On.

Entrepreneurs, who want a proven and successful wealth creating process, need to follow a critical sequence of events.

Proof of concept starts when you identify a market opportunity, gap or niche.

Design the products and services with which to fill the identified market gap.

Test drive the products to ensure they are “fit for market purpose.”

The proof stage should be a small scale preview of the main show. This is where you test ideas before spending a fortune and then finding out it does not fly.

#3 Expand Your Business.

If your idea fails even one of the proof of concept phases ditch the idea. If however, it passes all three stages then you are ready to expand your wealth creating machine. Business expansion is not the same as overstretching your resources. It is a planned process.

You can expand your business vertically or horizontally. The former involves growing the business in its “core” sector. The latter involves growing your wealth creating machine by diversification into other sectors.

Within each of these growth models, two critical sub processes are at work. Both rely on building effective human relationships. On the one hand, you must build and maintain harmonious customer service and customer relationships. On the other hand, you must engage effectively with your employees.

#4 Give The Customer What The Customer Wants.

Trying to lead the market carries the huge danger that your products and services may have no market credibility and worse no commercial viability. The marketplace simply ignores your solutions.

The issue here is, “Do you invent first and market second, or do you find the market need first and then develop a solution?”

You should find the market need or gap first and then plug the gap with your product or service.

Your wealth creating machine must adapt and be alive to changing market conditions and needs. “Inventing a wheel” is a once in a lifetime affair best left to a few very creative individuals.

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Different Types Of Bank Accounts Explained

If you are looking to open a new bank account, it is a good idea to learn about the different types of bank accounts available, to ensure that you get the right account for your exact needs.

There are several types of bank accounts available, each one being tailored to slightly different requirements and also varying from bank to bank. Each type of account offers different advantages and for many it might be beneficial to hold a combination of accounts.

Basic Bank Account

This type of account usually offers the customer the facility to have regular payments paid in free of charge, and to set up direct debits or standings orders. The customers bank should issue the account holder with a card to withdraw money, which may or may not be free of charge, depending upon where the money is withdrawn.

A basic account normally lacks the facility of a chequebook and an overdraft, the benefit of the latter being that the customer need not worry about accumulating debt. On the downside, the interest rate received by the customer may be lower than that for a current account.

Current Account

Like the basic account, current accounts are tailored towards everyday use such as paying in money, withdrawing money, as well as setting up standing orders and direct debits. Customers will receive a debit card with capability such as visa or maestro, enabling the customer to withdraw money where they find the relevant sign. The debit card for this account also permits customers to make payments via the chip and pin process.

A current account will typically also return low levels of interest on the money in your account, but unlike the basic account, may provide the facility of an overdraft which needs to be arranged with your bank. Customers are also usually entitled to a chequebook as a method of payment.

Savings Account

Savings accounts will offer a higher rate of interest to the customer and therefore provide a means of saving money and to see a return in the form of interest. This often means that you cannot move your money too often. In fact, some savings accounts require that you give notice before withdrawing money. Customers should also be ware that interest gains will be taxed, and are normally deducted before being received by the account holder. Non-taxpayers in the UK can claim back the tax on the interest gained, but for UK taxpayers, an ISA may be a better option for saving money.

Student Account

The main feature of a student account is that they normally offer an overdraft facility for students. The overdraft limit will vary between banks, but will commonly be a free facility. Banks also offer different incentives for students to open an account, which may include complimentary insurance, electronic devices, railcards and more.

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Day Trading – Is Forex Easier To Trade Than Stock Market Indices

There are many professional day traders out there who focus all their efforts on trading a particular instrument, whether it’s a currency pair or a stock market index. I personally have attempted to trade both in the past so I can speak from experience when I say that in general it is much easier to trade forex.

The main reason why is because when you trade one of the major currency pairs you can usually concentrate purely on technical analysis. In other words when you trade the intraday charts you can trade the forex pairs around pivot points and areas of support and resistance because the price movements can be quite predictable. However when you trade stock indices such as the FTSE 100 or the Dow Jones, for instance, the price movements are not always so predictable.

That’s obviously because these indices are made up of various different stocks and they don’t always rise and fall in tandem with each other. Yes you may get some days when all the constituents trade higher or lower, but most of the time certain sectors will be strong, whilst others may be flat or trading lower. Plus there are often occasions when individual stocks release some news concerning their company and as a result the share price moves independently of the wider market.

As a result of all this, you don’t always get as many predictable bounces off key support and resistance levels, for example, as you do when you trade the major forex pairs. Therefore they are much harder to trade with any confidence because you can never be sure of how the price will react around these key levels.

Another point worth making is that when you trade forex you can pretty much guarantee that you will have a large trading range for many of the most popular currency pairs, such as the GBP/USD, EUR/USD and GBP/JPY pairs, for any given trading day. The same cannot be said for the various stock market indices, however, because there are some days when the FTSE 100, and even the Dow Jones, will trade within a very narrow trading range.

So the point I want to get across is that on the whole it’s a lot easier to day trade the forex markets than the stock market indices. They respond very well to technical analysis, whether it’s fibonacci levels, pivot points, or simply trend lines and basic levels of support and resistance, whereas the same cannot always be said about the indices because of how they are derived.

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How To Track Bank Account Transactions Manually

When a customer at the bank gets a hold of a statement in through the mail, the statement lists out all the transactions happened during previous month. The transactions include both incoming and outgoing, tallying up to a final sum which is indicated as the up-to-date account balance for the benefit of the customer. Without the benefit of the statement, the customer would be much more in the dark more with respect to the contents of the account. With the statement in hand the customer knows details such as the dollar value spent, the size of the income, and the present state of the account.

The fact of the matter is that this information becomes outdated almost immediately as the customer starts to use money. A simple ATM withdrawal means the account balance is not reflected in the monthly statement. The way to make sure one knows the state of finances even between statements is known as “bank reconciliation”. The device to help one do so is the checkbook register – which is simply a little sheet of paper that is used for recording transactions.

What is the importance keeping track of this money? The larger fraction of bank customers have come up against deep reasons to do so. Indeed, whenever a check is issued with a value higher than the level of money in the account, two things happen. The check may not go through incurring a bounced check fee, or the check goes through because the bank covers it temporarily triggering an overdraft fee. In both cases there is a serious negative consequence.

The types of transactions are many. Monthly car payments by way of check can result in a penalty if there are not enough funds on the day the payment is being cashed.

Personal checkbook registers impedes the rotten luck of such errors occuring. For people who have trouble managing their finances but also find maintaining a checkbook register too burdensome, there are electronic alternatives which are faster and easier to use. These are merely calculator-like devices that can easily be carried around. They have special entry keys for the different kinds of transactions one might encounter related to the checking account.

Very recently the U.S. Senate implemented a series of consumer-friendly finance rules relating to how banks charge overdraft fees (this fee is incurred whenever a bank steps in and pads a customer’s account whether or not the customer wants it). Basically a bank must ask a customer to opt-in to their overdraft fee program. However, the flip side is that without the overdraft fee, checks will bounce and cause other kinds of trouble. Therefore, it is still best to keep finances in check with devices like the checkbook register.

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Finance A Franchise For Subway

When it comes to buy a Subway Franchise, the first think which clicks in the mind is that how you will go to finance it?. Buying a Franchise or coming in the food chain business involves various things like setting up the restaurant, arranging for the shop fitters to fit out the shop accordingly, kitting it out with all the required catering equipment, fitting all the tables and chairs, and many more. That is the reason people usually look for a financer before buying a Subway Franchise. By having a handsome amount in their hand theyll be able to effectively budget their monthly outgoings through a monthly finance package to operate their business immediately with all the equipment they need.

Own a Subway Franchise only by going through the process of financing, as by doing this you are keeping your available capital in the bank, leaving it available for other important business expenditures. It will provide you liquid flow of cash to run the day-to-day business activities. You cant imagine how easily youll get back your return on investment easier by opting to tailored franchise finance package. It will benefit you by lending maximum money to your bank account each month on your lease agreement.

No one can deny the popularity of Subway, not because their unique chain of restaurants but for the quality they provide with mouth watering sandwiches. There is hardly any need to mention that their high profile advertising campaigns and their ongoing popularity and excellent menus are certainly attracting potential franchisees from all over the world. They all want to open their own Subway franchise and want to take a part in the active race to success. If you think about it you almost get it, enormous flexible finance packages on the market are available. It allows you to build in the franchise fee with all useful equipment that goes into the Subway restaurant.

Fulfill your desire to owe a business related of fast food industry by buying a subway franchise. This is the only platform where food have both moderate as well as healthy flavor