10 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Car Wash Franchise

fbWith the ever increasing sales of cars in the United State, car wash franchises have started to sprout all over the country. This could be the right time for you to buy a car wash franchise, if you are attracted to this kind of business.

But before you decide on where to get a car wash franchise, you need to understand certain things that will guarantee your success. Here are 10 things that you need to ask your potential car wash franchiser:

1. How much money do you need to invest? Ask your potential franchiser how much their minimum cash requirement is before you are accepted as a franchisee.
2. What are the things that are involved in your minimum investment? Are you given an option to pay the minimum investment in cash or in installments?
3. What are the financial arrangements regarding the income and profit of the car franchise? The franchiser must be specific in this aspect since this will determine how much you are really going to make.
4. What kind of training are you required to undergo? Car wash franchises use special equipment in providing their services to customers. You need to be well-trained in this equipment in order to provide quality service.
5. What kind of technical and financial support are they providing their franchisees? This must be clearly delineated by the franchiser because it determines whether the operation of your car wash facility will be efficiently maintained.
6. What is the general information that you need to know about the franchiser? At the outset, you need to know vital information regarding the franchiser. It could include a brief history, a general description of its products and services, and relevant things about the business opportunity it offers.
7. What is the franchisers current financial statement? You need to know if your potential car wash franchiser is operating profitably or is already on the red.
8. Where is the franchiser’s Federal Disclosure Document? Among other things, this document will give you an idea on the company’s litigation and bankruptcy history and financing programs for its franchisees.
9. Are you given an option to choose your location? Some franchisers allow their franchises to choose their location, some do not.
10. Are you required to erect your facility? Some franchisers build the facility of their franchises, while some require their franchisees to build their facilities themselves.

This is one of the low cost business ideas that you can enter into if you don’t have much money to invest. You can even try acquiring business startup grants from your local government, or a certain foundation, in order to take advantage of this business opportunity.

McDonalds Franchise Cost Information

Who hasn’t heard of McDonald’s? The popularity of this fast food chain is so huge that it is safe to assume that you will never miss a McDonald’s Store wherever you are in the planet.

McDonald’s is so popular that a lot of people who have money to invest try hard to buy a franchise. Who can blame them? If you will consider that this fast casual chain is earning annual revenues of approximately $28.11 billion worldwide, you will also want to get a franchise in your locality.

But since McDonald’s is extremely successful, getting a franchise is really not for those who are thinking of small scale business ideas. For one, a McDonalds franchise cost is really very hefty.

The McDonalds’s Corporation requires a minimum of $250,000 of non-borrowed personal resources to consider a request for a franchise. That means you have to present this amount in spot cash to McDonald’s for them to even consider your application for a franchise operation.

Some investors who wished to take advantage of the McDonald’s franchise did so by buying an existing McDonald’s restaurant, either from an owner/operator or from the company itself.

Buying an existing McDonald’s franchise is the most frequent way in entering a McDonald’s franchise. There are two ways of doing this: the first one is to buy an existing store from a McDonald’s operator, and the second one is to buy an existing restaurant operated by McDonald’s itself.

The other and less frequent way of entering the McDonald’s franchise system is to obtain license rights to start a new McDonald’s restaurant. This option is not popular because its provisions are not very profitable for operators.

In many instances, McDonald’s provides the land and building of the restaurant. The franchisee or the operator just pays McDonald’s rent for the use of the facilities. This is the thing that differ McDonald’s from other food franchises. Other companies allow their operators to own the land and the building where the restaurant stands.

Aside from the very important financial aspect, McDonald’s is also looking for other qualifications before it grants a franchise to any individual. Applicants for franchises need to be adept in managing their finances, able to motivate and train their people, are prepared to complete a comprehensive training program and commit themselves to operating their franchise on a full-time basis.

However this cost should not stop those who are successful in operating the most profitable small businesses in the country. If they could arrange for the sale of a real estate property worth the initial franchise amount and present a feasibility study that justifies this kind of investment, they should pursue the idea. It is one of the most effective ways in earning sure money.

National Baseball Hall of Fame’S Class of 2015

This Tuesday January 6, 2015 the Baseball Writers’ Association of America let us know the players that were elected to be on the Hall of Fame 2015. Results were impressive due to the selection of four pitchers by first time and also because of the changes at rules on 2014; changes such as the reducing of the number of years a player can be or will be eligible from fifteen to ten, members who were otherwise eligible to cast needs to complete a registration form and some more changes.

The players chosen to be on the Hall of Fame this year are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. Martinez, Johnson and Smoltz are incorporated in their first years as candidates and specifically Martinez is one of the most important because he is the second Dominican in been chosen to Hall of Fame; and in the other side Biggio enter to Cooperstown after falling short by two votes last year.

Taking the numbers we have that Johnson received 97,3 percent of the BBWAA’s vote, Martines 91,1, Smoltz 82,9 and Biggio 82,7. And it is worth to remember that to be chosen players need to have more than 75% of votes.

Per player we have that Biggio had 3060 hits in 20 seasons and all of them with the Astros and was the only players with 3000 or more hits who hadnt been elected until this year. Then we have Johnson with 303 wins, 4875 whiffs that are the most ever by a left hander but the second behind Nola Ryan who has a record of 5714, also Johnson won 300th games with the Giants but he also played with five more teams such as the Braves and some more.

Then; Martinez the second Dominican in winning a place on the Hall of fame and the one who pitched on five teams in eighteen season. He and Johnson won the Cy Young Award, but Martinez did it three times ( teo playing with Boston) and Johnson did it five (four in the National League for Arizona and one in the American League for Seattle).

And the last one but not less important we have Smoltz who is going to join Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in the Hall, all of them played together on the Braves under the tutelage of Cox. Smoltz had 213 wins with 154 saves, he played 20 season for Braves and won the NL pennants, the 1995 World Series and posting a 15-4 mark made a huge part of all his winnings.

The induction Ceremony will be done on July 26, 2015 at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York and one day after the ceremony, the annual Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will take place.

Autograph Analysis and Signing Habits of Earle Bryan “The Kentucky Colonel” Combs

Earle Bryan €The Kentucky Colonel€ Combs was born on May 14, 1899 in Pebworth,KYof Scotch-German descent. TheCumberland Mountainsof the Blue Grass State served as rural backdrop for his father’s hillside farm. He and his six siblings had little time to concentrate on sports because of their agricultural chores. He received his teaching certificate at Eastern Teachers College (KY) in 1920 and taught in a one room mountain hall where he had forty students ranging from6to 16 years of age. An adjacent playground served as a training ground for the students where he honed his skills as player-manager for a local semi-pro team. Earle then required the blessing of his father to sign a minor league contract offered by the Louisville Colonels of the American Association that began in 1922. After two productive years hitting.344 and.380 respectively, €The Mail Carrier€ was sold to the New York Yankees for $50,000. He stood 6 foot tall and weighed 185 pounds. Combs batted left handed; however threw and wrote with his right hand.

By 1924 he finished the season with the Yankees where he would remain their starting €ball hawk€, fleet-footed centerfielder and patient leadoff hitter until 1935. As €table setter€, he was followed in the lineup by Lazzeri, Ruth, Gehrig and Dickey for most of his career. The iron-grey haired Combs was adept at bunting and the greatest leadoff hitter beforeRicky Henderson blasted onto the scene. His.325 batting average was complimented by the fact that he scored (1,186) almost half the time he reached base safely. Possessing an accurate arm, Earle also made a number of great catches in the field. Three serious injuries occurred during his career. The first was a broken ankle his rookie season and the last was a 1934 broken collar bone that virtually ended his career. But the most severe came in July of 1934 while chasing a fly ball hit by Harland Clift in Sportsman’s Park inSt. Louis, Combs crashed into the wall and smashed his head and broke his shoulder. Earle was carried unconscious from the field and spent two months in the hospital. His abilities were never the same and he retired shortly thereafter onJuly 28, 1935. Earle remained on the Yankees coaching staff until 1944, then had brief stints instructing for the Browns in 1947, the Red Sox from 1948-52 and finally with thePhillies in 1954. Combs retired from baseball and spent the remaining years farming on a beautiful 430-acre lot inRichmond,KY. He served as Kentucky Banking Commissioner and on the board of regents atEasternKentuckyUniversity. He died after a long illness onJuly 21, 1976in his adopted town at the age of 77. Combs was interred with a large headstone inRichmondCemetery. He was survived by his wife Ruth McCullom (married 1922) of his birth town. They had three sons, Earle, Jr. (1925), Charles (1928) and Donald (1931). Also surviving his death was a brother Conley Combs and a sister Elsie Seale and twelve grandchildren.

All accounts of the €Kentucky Colonel€, as named by the press, was that he was a perfect gentleman. In 1928 the Yankee bleacher fans bestowed an engraved watch to the popular, classy outfielder. He was equally respected by his teammates who enjoyed his warm personality. He was easy to handle as a model player for both Huggins and McCarthy. Very religious, he read the Bible daily, did not smoke, drink or use profanity. He was chosen as a pallbearer at Miller Huggins’ funeral inCincinnati. Combs signed generously in person as well as through the mail like most players from his era. The requests at that time were not overwhelming unlike the demands of the hobby today. His induction (#116) into The National BaseballHall of Fame onJuly 27, 1970boosted his popularity beyond his affiliation as a member of the elite 1927 Murderer’s Row Team. The Old Timers Committee selected him and his modest and self-effacing response on the podium went as follows €When I heard I’d been named it was like a bullet shot between my eyes. It was the last thing I expected. I thought theHall of Fame was for superstars, not just average players like I was.€ Subsequently, he also attended the next two year’s enshrinement ceremonies and stayed at the Otesaga Hotel inCooperstown. For three years after his enshrinement, he dutifully responded to SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) requests, however failing health in the final three years of his life initiated his wife, Ruth, to accommodate autographs seekers. Her €ghost€ signature simulated his version although her inability to recreate the ornate €E€ was what exposed this non-malicious accommodating practice. She legitimized this practice because she didn’t want a young collector to be disappointed in not receiving a positive response. Most collections of goldHall of Fame plaque postcards that I have examined have had the worthless Mrs. Combs example.

On some occasions, Combs’ signature during his playing career was €clubhouse-signed€ on team signed baseballs, often with the omission of the final €e€ in his first name. This would occur generally when Combs was not readily available in the clubhouse and the duties were relegated to longtime attendant Pete Sheehy or atrustybatboy. Combs would always sign on the side panel of a team baseball leaving the hallowed sweet spot for the Bambino or later on Gehrig autographs. Certainly, the two capital letters in his signature were the most distinguished letters in his signature. The €E€ would overpower the balance of the letters often being four times their size. Even the large stemmed lower case letters, €l€ and €b€ were dwarflike in comparison. During his playing career his €C€ was coiled and rounded eventually evolving into a more numerical 6.

Combs is one of those signatures that is somewhat undervalued because many collectors are unaware that the signature they covet is that of his wife, Ruth. This was confirmed to me by his granddaughter Laura Combs-Bolin. If all of the people were to realize this problem then upgrading their collections would cause a demand for Combs’ actual signature and prices would rise 50%. As it stands now, 3€ x 5€ index cards are priced at $85, government postcards about $135, gold CurtiechcolorHall of Fame plaque postcards and cancelled checks around $200, 8€ X 10€ black and white photographs (usually a bust shot in a New York Yankee uniform signed in felt tip marker) fetch $350 and single signed baseballs start at $2000. Signed baseball cards from his playing career surface, however, more often one will find 1961 Fleer All-Time Greats or TCMA autographed versions far more available. Handwritten letters are uncommon but expect to pay a minimum of $400. Forget about running down a single-signed bat, jersey or a post-mortem Perez-Steele postcard of any kind.

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