LOW-COST FRANCHISES TO FUND YOUR RETIREMENT

“Quit feeling sorry for yourself, make shit happen” – Unknown.

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Many Americans love the idea and fantasize about one day becoming their own boss. Too many of them are realizing that they don’t have enough money saved for retirement.

On that same token, they are scared of failing by starting their own business. Losing their savings and digging a deeper hole for themselves.

One way to avoid that is by buying a proven concept, rather than starting a business from scratch.

That means, buy a franchise.

The thing is, many of the well-known franchises today, come with a hefty price tag. But I will give you a few low-cost franchises that can help you achieve your goals of financial freedom.

Note: In order to get more details on these franchises, read this article on CNBC.

Since we are talking about low cost, we will begin with our highest “low cost” on this list and work our way down.

1. United Country Real Estate

          With 443 franchises in the U.S., this franchise has a start-up cost of $15,000. Royalty fees range from $1,200 – $2,400 per month.

2. Rhea Lana’s

          With only 89 franchises in the U.S., this franchise also has a start-up cost of $15,000. Royalty fees range from 1% – 3% of gross sales.

3. Image One

          It has 103 franchises in the U.S and has a start-up cost of $15,000. Royalty fees are 10% of annual gross revenue.

4. Help-U-Sell Real Estate

          It has 102 franchises in the U.S. and has a start-up cost of $15,000. Royalty fees are 6% of gross commissions.

5. Motto Mortgage

          It has only 70 franchises in the U.S., with a start-up cost of $12,000. Royalty fees are $0 for the first 6 months, increasing to $4,500 per month after one year in business. With Real Estate heating up the way it is, the low amount of franchises and the low start-up cost makes sense for a great investment.

6. Cruise Planners

          Has 2,569 franchises in the U.S., and a start-up cost of $10,995. Royalty fees range from 1% – 3% of gross commissionable fares. Competition is a bit steep here with over 2K franchises open.

7. TSS Photography

          Has 176 franchises open in the U.S., and a start-up cost of $10,500. Royalty fees will depend on print production costs which varies by state.

8. Showhomes Home Staging

          Only 55 franchises in the U.S., and a start-up cost of $10,000. Royalty fees are 10% of annual gross revenue. Again, Real Estate is hot lately and this investment has a lot of upsides. Not too many franchises to compete, low start-up cost and a very generous royalty program.

9. Complete Weddings + Events

          Has 192 franchises in the U.S., and a start-up cost of $10,000. Royalty fees are 8% of annual gross revenue.

10. Dream Vacations

          It has over 1,200 franchises in the U.S. and the lowest start-up cost at $9,800. Royalty fees range from 1.5% – 3% of annual commissionable sales.

As you see, some of these franchises are well known with over 1K franchises up and running in the U.S. Others, are rather new which will give you an edge to really reach your financial freedom once people get to know you and trust you with minimal competition.

I prefer to receive my income from the (I) Investor quadrant but nothing wrong with being your own boss and be part of the (B) Business quadrant. Both quadrants come with great benefits from a tax perspective.

If you want to learn more about the Cash Flow Quadrants, tax benefits and much more, get your hands on this great book “Rich Dad Cashflow Quadrant” by Robert T. Kiyosaki.

For more on the (I) Investors quadrant, you can learn about:

Real Estate:         

                    Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich teach their kids about money

                    Retire Young, Retire Rich

                    The ABCs of Real Estate Investing

Stock Investing:  

                    The Intelligent Investor

                    How to make money in Stocks

Tax loopholes:

                    Tax-Free Wealth: How to build massive wealth by permanently lowering your taxes

These books have empowered me with the knowledge to set myself and my family for success in the future. The small investment I paid for this type of knowledge, has paid dividends a lot sooner than I expect. The difference is knowledge by itself, is not power. Knowledge with action is power.

Set yourself for success!

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VERIFICACIÓN DE REALIDAD

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Todos queremos vivir antes de morir, ¿verdad? Eso significa que en algún momento, tenemos que dejar de cambiar nuestro tiempo por dólares. ¡El dinero es importante, pero debemos dejar de trabajar por un salario y descubrir cómo hacer que el dinero trabaje para nosotros!

Lo primero es que necesitas ser honesto contigo mismo. Responda las siguientes preguntas con toda honestidad y vea dónde se encuentra. Solo un simple Sí o No.

1. ¿Usted opera su hogar con un presupuesto?

2. ¿Sabes cuánta deuda tienes actualmente? (Deuda total)

3. ¿Pagas rutinariamente sus facturas a tiempo?

4. ¿Tienes ahorros para una emergencia? (al menos $1,000)

5. ¿Tienes un plan para reducir tu deuda?

6. ¿Carga regularmente sus tarjetas de crédito porque gastas más de lo que ganas en tu sueldo?

7. ¿Ocultas cuentas de tu familia?

8. ¿Ha sido rechazado por crédito / préstamos?

9. ¿Prefieres comprar cosas divertidas hoy que comprar activos para el futuro?

10. ¿Crees que el gobierno y el seguro social deberían proporcionar lo suficiente para cubrir tus gastos de jubilación/retiro?

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Mira cómo te fue …

Si respondió ‘Sí’ a las preguntas 1-5, ¡eso es genial! Ya está tomando el control de su flujo de efectivo…

Si respondió ‘No’ a las preguntas 6-10, ¡eso también es genial! Tienes la mentalidad correcta y probablemente solo necesites un pequeño empujón…

Si tus respuestas son mixtas, tienes trabajo que hacer…

Si sus respuestas están completamente invertidas, te diriges hacia un desastre financiero. Necesitas reevaluar tu vida urgentemente.

Al principio, es difícil cambiar tus malos hábitos. Por supuesto que sí. Pero tu vida puede cambiar dramáticamente para mejor y todo depende de ti. Vea cómo pasa su tiempo y eso le dará una idea de hacia dónde se dirige su vida.

Me he dado cuenta en mis 30s, que me gusta leer. De joven pensé que no me gustaba leer. En realidad, descubrí que cuando se trata de hacer que mi dinero crezca cada vez más rápido, no puede dejar de leer una vez que comienzo.

Todo el mundo está orientado hacia el dinero. Algunos para gastar, algunos para acumular. La diferencia es el conocimiento financiero y la educación. Los que leen sobre el dinero y lo aplican en la vida real, se adelantan en el juego. Los que no, viven a través de la lucha diaria toda su vida.

Haré varias recomendaciones de libros que he leído y que me han iluminado con nuevos conocimientos, desde cuando comencé a armar todo, mi vida comenzó a cambiar para siempre. No hay quien me pare ahora.

Nota: Aunque no fue el primer libro que leí, es altamente recomendado que comiences con Doce Pilares para una sólida fundación… pero volvamos al artículo…

El primer libro que leí fue:

#1. How to make money in stocks by William J O’Neil – (no lo pude conseguir en español) en resumen, William sigue y muestra cómo usar la fórmula CAN SLIM (sí, es un acrónimo), usa un poco de fundamentos y un poco de análisis técnico. No utiliza un esquema rápido para hacerse rico. Lento y constante gana la carrera.

#2. How to make money in stocks complete investing system: your ultimate guide to winning in good times and bad. También por O’Neil. (igual no lo pude conseguir en español)

#3. El inversionista inteligente de Benjamin Graham: te enseña a mantener las emociones bajo control e invertir como un individuo inteligente. No se necesita un alto coeficiente intelectual, ni información privilegiada ni suerte. No puedes ignorar que algunos de sus discípulos han mostrado las posibilidades cuando lo pones todo junto. ¿Como quien dijiste? Nada más que Warren Buffett, quien dice que este es el mejor libro sobre inversiones jamás escrito. Sr. Buffett es actualmente la tercera persona más rica del mundo con más de $80 billones de dólares.

#4. El millonario de al lado me abrió los ojos a la posibilidad de que cualquier persona con cualquier tipo de fuente de ingresos, pueda llegar a donde quiera si así lo desea. No se necesitan ingresos altos porque todo se reduce a sus hábitos de gastos y ahorros. ¡Te muestra una fórmula simple para medir tu riqueza! Ahora, sabrás al instante si estás adelantado al juego o estás atrás. ¿Eres un PAW, AAW, ó UAW?

#5. Padre Rico Padre Pobre de Robert Kiyosaki: ha ampliado mi conocimiento a proporciones inmensas. En resumen, el verdadero padre de Robert (padre pobre) y el padre de su mejor amigo (padre rico), moldearon su vida con la forma en que ven el dinero y las inversiones. No necesitas doctorados ni tener un ingreso alto para ser rico. Solo necesitas los conocimientos financieros sobre el dinero y cómo los ricos hacen que el dinero trabaje para ellos y no al revés.

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Le digo que si comienza con estos 5 libros, estará muy por delante del 80% de las personas que conozco porque nadie quiere leer. Si te sientes como uno de estos también, déjame mostrarte un truco; lea 10 páginas todas las noches antes de saltar en la cama. Por ejemplo, el millonario de al lado tiene 270 páginas, a 10 páginas por noche, lo terminarás en 27 días. En poco menos de un mes, tendrá un nuevo conocimiento, que si se aplica, puede comenzar su propio camino hacia la riqueza.

El conocimiento es poder, solo si se pone en acción. Puedes saberlo todo, pero si no empiezas nunca, simplemente desperdicias el conocimiento. No seas uno de esos 10 años a partir de ahora, que dice “si hubiera empezado antes”.

Me alegro de no haber esperado tanto, pero aun así me hubiera encantado tener todo este conocimiento cuando estaba en la universidad. Mi vida hubiera sido incluso mejor de lo que es ahora, la cual no está nada mal. Quiero decir, acabo de duplicar mi riqueza en 2 años y 8 meses.

No te quedes atrás. Súbete al tren y hazme compañía en, este viaje en el camino hacia la riqueza.

#BONO#: Hablamos sobre hábitos un poco. Si desea adquirir buenos hábitos, puedes ver “Los 7 hábitos de las personas altamente efectivas“.

¡A nuestra riqueza! Deje su comentario abajo.

Recuerda, todo es sobre el camino a la riqueza. Si le gustó, ayuda a otros. No olvides compartirlo en tus redes sociales y ayuda a los demás conseguir el éxito también. Hay suficiente espacio para todos. Al final, tu éxito depende solamente de tus esfuerzos y no de lo que hagan los demás.

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REALITY CHECK

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We all want to live before we die, right? That means that at some point, we have to stop trading away our time for dollars. Money is important but we need to stop working for a salary or a wage and figure out how to make money work for us!

First thing is, you need to be honest with yourself. Answer the following questions with all honesty and see where you are. Just a simple Yes or No.

1. Do you operate your household with a budget?

2. Do you know how much debt do you currently have? (Total debt)

3. Do you routinely pay your bills on time?

4. Do you have savings for an emergency? (At least $1,000)

5. Do you have a plan for tackling your debt?

6. Do you regularly charge your credit cards because you spend more than your paycheck?

7. Do you hide bills from your family?

8. Have you been turned down for credit/loans?

9. Do you prefer to buy fun things today than buying assets for the future?

10. Do you think the government and social security should provide enough to cover your expenses in retirement?

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See how you did…

If you answered ‘Yes’ to questions 1-5, that’s great! You are already taking control of your cash flow…

If you answered ‘No’ to questions 6-10, that’s also great! … You have the right mindset and probably just need a little push…

If your answers are mixed, you have some work to do…

If your answers are completely inverted, You are headed toward financial disaster. You need to re-evaluate your life big time.

At first, it is difficult to change your bad habits. You bet it is. But your life can dramatically change for the better and it all depends on you. See how you spend your time and that will give you an idea where your life is headed.

I come to figure out in my 30’s, that I do like to read. As a young person, I thought I didn’t like to read. Actually, I figured out that when it comes to making my money grow faster and faster, I can’t stop reading once I start.

Everyone is money-oriented. Some to spend, some to accumulate. The difference is financial knowledge and literacy. The ones that read about money and apply it in real life, get ahead of the game. The ones that not, live through struggle their whole life.

I will make several recommendations of books that I have read and have been illuminated by new knowledge that when I started putting it all together, my life started to change for good. There is no stopping now.

Note: Although it was not the first book I read, it is highly recommended you start with Twelve Pillars for a solid foundation…. but getting back to the article…

The first book I read was:

#1. How to make money in stocks by William J O’Neil – in short, he follows and shows how to use the CAN SLIM formula (yes, it’s an acronym), uses both a few fundamentals and a little bit of technical analysis. He doesn’t use a get rich quick scheme. Slow and steady wins the race.

#2. How to make money in stocks complete investing system: your ultimate guide to winning in good times and bad. Also by O’Neil.

#3. The intelligent investor by Benjamin Graham – he teaches you to keep emotions under control and invest like an intelligent individual. No high IQ needed, or inside information or luck. You can’t ignore that some of his disciples have shown the possibilities when you put it all together. Like who you said? Nothing more than Warren Buffett who says this is the best book in investing ever written by far. Mr. Buffett is currently the 3rd richest person in the world with over $80 billion dollars.

#4. The millionaire next door – opened my eyes to the possibility that anyone with any type of income sources can get to where they want if they so desire. No high income is needed because everything comes down to your spending and savings habits. It shows you a simple formula to measure your wealth! Now, you will instantly know if you are ahead of the game or not. Are you a PAW, AAW or UAW?

#5. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki – has expanded my knowledge to immense proportions. In summary, Robert’s real dad (poor dad) and his best friend’s dad (rich dad), shaped his life with the way they see money and investing. You don’t need big degrees or high incomes to be rich. You just need financial literacy about money and how the rich make money work for them and not the other way around.

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I’m telling you, if you start with these 5 books, you will be way ahead of 80% of individuals I know because no one wants to read. If you feel like one of those too, let me show you a trick; read 10 pages every night before you jump into bed. For example, the millionaire next door is 270 pgs, at 10 pgs per night you will finish it in 27 days. Just under a month, you will have new knowledge that if applied, you can start your own road to wealth.

Knowledge is power, only if put into action. You can know it all, but if you don’t start, it just goes to waste. Don’t be one of those 10 years from now saying, only if it would have started earlier.

I’m glad I didn’t wait that long but still would have loved to have all this knowledge when in college. My life would have been even better than what it is right now, which is not bad at all. I mean, I just doubled my wealth in 2 years and 8 months.

Don’t be left behind. Jump on the bandwagon and give me company on this journey in the road to wealth.

#BONUS#: We spoke about habits earlier. If you want to pick up good habits, you might want to check “The 7 habits of highly effective people“.

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¡PILARES, FUNDACIÓN SÓLIDA PARA UN GRAN ÉXITO!

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Ayer asistí al Almuerzo de Igualdad de la Mujer (Programa de Igualdad de Oportunidades para el Ejército de Estados Unidos). La dama invitada habló elocuentemente sobre los derechos de las mujeres y cuánto tiempo llevó para llegar a donde está hoy.

Hubo muchos fracasos y sacrificios, pero si había una cosa que todos tenían, era el coraje de luchar por lo que querían.

Te pregunto, ¿Qué es lo que tú quieres?

Si se trata de libertad financiera, te animo a que encuentres dentro de ti mismo el coraje para hacer los cambios necesarios en tu vida, como hicieron todas estas valientes mujeres durante años.

No será fácil y llevará tiempo, pero al final, mirarás hacia atrás y verás qué tan lejos has llegado y cuánto has crecido desde que tomaste la decisión.

Comencemos aclarando este punto: si va a salir de la carrera de ratas (término sale del libro Padre Rico Padre Pobre), su flujo de efectivo debe exceder sus gastos. Pero…

¿Sabes cuál es tu flujo de caja mensual hoy?

¿Cuál es tu objetivo de flujo de efectivo mensual para salir de la carrera de ratas?

Las respuestas a las preguntas anteriores son importantes.

Pero primero, necesitas construir una base sólida para el éxito; pilares. Doce pilares para ser exacto.

El libro “Doce Pilares” de Jim Rohn y Chris Widener lo explica en detalle.

Los pilares se basan en lo siguiente:

#1 – Trabaja más duro contigo mismo que en tu trabajo

#2 – Bienestar total

#3 – El regalo de las relaciones

#4 – Alcanza tus objetivos

#5 – Uso apropiado del tiempo

#6 – Rodéate de las mejores personas

#7 – Sé un aprendiz de por vida

#8 – Vida = ventas

#9 – Los ingresos rara vez exceden el desarrollo personal

#10 – La comunicación es clave

#11 – Sé un líder

#12 – Deja un legado

CONCLUSIÓN

Tienes una ventaja inicial, pero necesitas profundizar y obtener los detalles de este gran libro. Tienes que mostrar cuanto realmente lo quieres. El éxito no es fácil y no hay atajos.

¡A nuestra riqueza! Deje su comentario abajo.

Recuerda, todo es sobre el camino a la riqueza. Si le gustó, ayuda a otros. No olvides compartirlo en tus redes sociales y ayuda a los demás conseguir el éxito también. Hay suficiente espacio para todos. Al final, tu éxito depende solamente de tus esfuerzos y no de lo que hagan los demás.

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PILLARS, SOLID FOUNDATION FOR GREAT SUCCESS!

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Yesterday I attended a Woman’s Equality Luncheon (Equal Opportunity Program for the Army). The guest speaker spoke eloquently about women rights and how long it took to get where it is today.

There were lots of failures and sacrifices but if there was one thing they all had, was the courage to fight for what they wanted.

I ask you today, what is it that you want?

If it is financial freedom, I encourage you to find within yourself the courage to make the necessary changes in your life, as all these courageous women did for years.

It won’t be easy, and it will take time, but in the end, you will look back and see how far have you gone and how much have grown since you made your choice.

Let’s start by making this point very clear: If you are going to get out of the rat race (a term used from Rich Dad Poor Dad), your cash flow has to exceed your expenses. But…

Do you know what your monthly cash flow is today?

What is your monthly cash flow goal to get out of the rat race?

The answers to the previous questions are important.

But first, you need to build a solid foundation for success; pillars. Twelve pillars to be exact.

The book “Twelve Pillars” by Jim Rohn and Chris Widener explains it in detail.

The pillars are based on the following:

#1 – Work harder on yourself than you do on your job

#2 – Total Well-being

#3 – The gift of relationships

#4 – Achieve your goals

#5 – Proper use of time

#6 – Surround yourself with the best people

#7 – Be a lifelong learner

#8 – Life = sales

#9 – Income seldom exceeds personal development

#10 – Communication is key

#11 – Be a leader

#12 – Leave a legacy

CONCLUSION

You got a head start, but you need to dig in and get the details of this great book. You have to show how bad you really want it. Success is not easy, and there are no short cuts.

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YOUR DEBT, IS IT GOOD OR BAD?

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Hello friends, we haven’t talked for more than a month. And I already missed you all. I can tell you quickly that I live in a new state due to work. The months of June and July have been crazy. On top of that, I signed up for real estate classes and other types of investments.

Obviously, as long as my knowledge expands, I will be sharing with you so that we can all progress. Among many other things that are new to me, I learned that there are two types of debts. All my life I thought all debt was bad.

Before getting into debt, I have to say that managing your money is just the beginning. Then comes the interesting thing, learn about money and how to make it work for you while you are not present.

We have to recover our cash flow and use it to obtain assets that give us money back, that work hard to generate more money for us. Not objects that take money out of our pockets. That is the magnificent secret of security and financial freedom.

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What nobody tells you…

Debts are divided into two types, good and bad. Most people learn to have bad debts.

Debts are like everything in life. Depending on how you use it, it can be good or bad.

A gun can be good or bad depending on the person who uses it.

Drugs can be good or bad depending on how the person uses them.

If you do your part and learn how to use debt, it can be your slavery for life, or your independence for life. You choose.

What are bad debts?

Bad debts are personal loans, car or home loans, student loans, and credit cards.

Why are they considered bad debts?

Because they only take money out of your pocket and in the end, they don’t have the same value as when you bought them.

The plan is to get out of all your bad debts, and when you get out of all your bad debts, then you will get more debts. Whaaaatttttt?!?!

It is true, but this time you will get good debt.

What are good debts?

Good debt comes in many forms. Good debts are those that can give you financial freedom in the future. For example, you buy an apartment to rent it. Yes, it is a debt, but it has several points in its favor.

#1. The payment of your loan does not come out of your pocket. You have a lease that pays your debt. In the end, when the loan is repaid, you are the owner of an apartment and it can produce passive income for the rest of your life and perhaps your children after your die if you have not sold it. Best part is, nothing came out of your pocket. That is how wealth can be passed down from generation to generation.

#2. You get equity or value in the apartment over the years. So, if you decide to sell, you can earn capital gains.

#3. You have government tax breaks, because you are providing a service/lodging.

#4. You can repeat this cycle as many times as you want, until you receive enough in passive income to the point where you do not depend on a job and can retire early and enjoy life.

Now that is real security and financial freedom.

As you can see, this type of debt is what the rich uses to get richer.

If you focus on blaming the government, you think that social security should maintain you in your retirement years, you dedicate yourself to studying and continue to accumulate student debt; I am sorry to tell you that you will never rise from being poor or middle class.

To enter the group of those who have wealth, you have to learn about money and how it works. Do not be left behind.

For today, we have learned that not all debts are bad. I will return soon with more so we can all progress.

Until next time.

To our wealth! Leave your comment below.

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