Firelands Association of Realtors Names NPI Franchise Owner Joe Rudolph Affiliate of the Year

Joe and Laura Rudolph

Joe and Laura Rudolph, NPI franchisees win Affiliate of the Year Award. Marblehead, Ohio

National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to congratulate NPI franchise owner Joe Rudolph for being named 2016’s Affiliate of the Year by the Fireland’s Association of Realtors. The award is voted on by a board of the top 10 Realtors and Brokers in the association and the vote was unanimous.

“Laura and I were asked to attend the Fireland’s Association of Realtors Awards Dinner last night. Unknowing to us, we were presented with “Affiliate of the Year” award. This is a great honor and tremendous recognition after being a member of the organization for only one year.” Rudolph said. “Laura and I feel we could have not received this honor without the help, guidance and resources of the home office. We want to extend our thanks for the support everyone in Omaha has provided us to make this possible.”

Rudolph, whose background is in air quality and environmental instrumentation started his franchise a little over a year ago. While he didn’t have experience in construction he did have an understanding of it. He credits NPI’s comprehensive training program and ongoing training to helping him achieve great success with his business.

“I’m so proud of the success Joe has had in the short amount of time he’s been with NPI,” said Roland Bates, president and founder of National Property Inspections, Inc. “He is dedicated to putting in the work and following our marketing plan. He has proven that our franchise system works well, and helps entrepreneurs succeed.”

“We have worked very hard for many years to make our franchise one of the best,” Bates said. “Because we are dedicated to our franchisees and helping them succeed, we have high franchisee satisfaction, and that has opened doors for us. We are well-known and respected in our industry, and I am convinced that’s because we live up to our motto and operate with honesty, integrity and professionalism in everything we do.”

 

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NPI/GPI Prepares to Celebrate 30 Years by Remembering First Franchisee

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI

Roland Bates, president and founder of National Property Inspections, Inc.

Roland Bates, president and founder of National Property Inspections, Inc.

It will soon be 30 years since I sold the first NPI franchise. I am pleased to say that franchisee, Clyde Yost, is still with us. The first franchise is certainly the hardest one to sell. You are selling your idea, and at that point, no one other than you has any reason to believe that your idea and business plan can be duplicated.

If you walk into the National Property Inspections, Inc., corporate office today, it is well-decorated, has nice furnishings, provides a professional training room, and has all the amenities we need to operate our business. We are successful, and our office shows that. Let’s turn back the clock 30 years:

Back in 1987, I had rented a small office and purchased a few furnishings. To describe the office as “Spartan frugality” would have been generous, indeed. When Clyde Yost first visited, I think I was sitting at a folding card table. For sure, I was sitting with a small electric typewriter and typing book because I was teaching myself how to type. That paid off because now I can type most three- and four-letter words without looking at the keyboard.

After Clyde and I visited about how I’d been doing inspections myself and thought the property inspection business was poised to take off, I told him I wanted to franchise it. I explained how the franchise would work, how I hoped to help him and others build an NPI business.

Clyde naturally asked, “How many franchisees do you currently have?” To which I replied, “You and two others will make three.” Clyde has a good sense of humor and thought that was sort of funny.

Clyde Yost, NPI's first franchisee, remains a franchise owner in Kansas City, Missouri.

Clyde Yost, NPI’s first franchisee, remains a franchise owner in Kansas City, Missouri.

Clyde believed in the NPI concept and became our first franchisee. Without sounding maudlin, Clyde had worked hard for his money, and I felt more than obligated to make this company successful for him, if not for myself. To this day, I try to keep all of our franchisees in mind, and I feel indebted to all of them. But I’ll admit that many of the business decisions I have made over the years I have made with Clyde and our very first meeting in mind.

Maybe there would have been an NPI without Clyde, but it certainly wouldn’t be the same. Clyde, my friend, thank you for believing in me and for everything you have done for NPI.

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National Property Inspections, Inc., Named in Two CNBC.com Articles

Eldon "Scooter" Holliday

Eldon “Scooter” Holliday

National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to congratulate NPI franchise owner Eldon Holliday for being named one of America’s Star Franchisees 2016. The list, compiled by CNBC.com in conjunction with research partner Franchise Business Review, evaluated nearly 30,000 franchise owners across the United States seeking one star franchisee in each state. Although Holliday lives in Olive Branch, Mississippi, his territory crosses the border into Memphis, and he was selected as the Tennessee star franchisee.

“I am honored to be recognized by CNBC.com,” Holliday said. “I’ve worked hard to build my NPI franchise, and I’m grateful that I’ve had a strong company behind me. That support has made all the difference. I feel like NPI is dedicated to my success.”

Holliday, whose background is in automotive repair, started his franchise nine years ago. Although he has a mind for mechanical things, he didn’t have a background in construction. He credits NPI’s top-notch training program and ongoing training to helping him achieve great success with his business.

“Eldon is a fantastic franchisee,” said Roland Bates, president and founder of National Property Inspections, Inc. “He is one of our award-winning franchise owners because he consistently pushes himself and takes his business to the next level. He has proven that our franchise system works well, and helps entrepreneurs succeed.”

CNBC.com chose America’s Star Franchisees based on franchisee satisfaction and high regard for management, as well as the following franchisor criteria:

  • Strong proof of concept in multiple markets
  • Clean review of the franchise disclosure document
  • Solid financial performance and a good opportunity for franchisee return on investment

In addition to the news about Holliday’s selection, National Property Inspections, Inc., was named yesterday on CNBC.com’s list of “9 Low-cost Franchises That Can Make You Rich.”

“We have worked very hard for many years to make our franchise one of the best,” Bates said. Because we are dedicated to our franchisees and to helping them succeed, we have high franchisee satisfaction, and that has opened doors for us. We are well-known and respected in our industry, and I am convinced that’s because we live up to our motto and operate with honesty, integrity and professionalism in everything we do.”

To read the full article about America’s Star Franchisees 2016 and learn more about Holliday’s experience with NPI, please visit http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/11/50-big-franchise-success-stories-americas-star-franchisees-2016.html.

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5 Small-business Marketing Tips From a ‘Shark’

HerjavecIf you watch ABC’s “Shark Tank,” then you are likely familiar with Robert Herjavec. Born in eastern Europe, Herjavec and his family immigrated to Canada when he was a boy to escape communism in the former Yugoslavia (now Croatia). The son of a factory worker, Herjavec emerged from humble beginnings to build and sell several companies in the IT industry. Today, his company, Herjavec Group, is recognized as a global leader in information security services.

Like many small-business owners, Herjavec started with very little — and he didn’t have a business degree. But his is a success story that proves that determination, hard work and commitment pay off in the end. Now, besides running Herjavec Group, he helps small-business entrepreneurs and start-ups take their businesses to the next level on “Shark Tank.”

It’s no wonder, then, that entrepreneurs and small-business owners are interested in what they can learn from Herjavec. Recently, Entrepreneur sat down with him and asked for his top five small-business marketing tips:

  1. Target your customers on social media.
  2. Make selling online a key part of your business model.
  3. Make your website and marketing materials visually appealing.
  4. Market to your customers in ways they are receptive to.
  5. As your business grows, hire marketing assistance.

Click here to read the full article on Entrepreneur.com.

Why Every Business Owner Needs a Mentor

By Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI

Mentoring_shutterstock_189356114Several years ago, I read a white paper that said that about 70 percent of the decisions a business owner makes ultimately prove to be wrong. (That 70 percent is the number in the report; that is not a typo.) That’s a lot of zigzagging to get from Point A to Point B.

Imagine how much more successful business owners could be and how much faster they could grow their businesses if they reduced their errors to just 35 percent. Suffice it to say, reducing mistakes or eliminating some of the trial and error can make a huge difference.

For this reason, all new business owners should seek out at least one mentor. A mentor does not have the emotional attachment to the business that a new business owner likely has; thus, he or she can look at your business objectively. A mentor also has experience and can advise you away from making certain mistakes. A mentor who is truly interested in helping you will go out of their way to do so. Sometimes the introductions a mentor can make for you so you can expand your network are more than enough reason to seek them out.

Our role at National Property Inspections, Inc., is that of a mentor to our franchise owners, although we also encourage our franchisees to seek out one or more mentors where they live. As a franchisor, we have a proven business model, and we can help advise franchise owners on what works and what doesn’t so they can avoid so much trial and error as they start their businesses.

With that said, and as an aside, wouldn’t it be great if teenagers would listen to Mom and Dad’s advice and mentoring? Oh, well, we can dream, can’t we?

Roland PhotoRoland Bates’ high energy, willingness to work hard and optimistic outlook are the cornerstones of success for NPI and GPI. His easy manner and family attitude inspire a friendly and close atmosphere at the company. Before he founded NPI/GPI in 1987, Roland owned a general contracting company, where he worked for eight years as a general contractor. Prior to that, he spent five years as a property claims supervisor and regional claims manager.

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FranchiseRankings.com Names NPI/GPI a Top Home-based Franchise

Dual LogosNational Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is proud to announce that it has been named a top 10 Home Based Franchise by FranchiseRankings.com. National Property Inspections, Inc., was the only property inspection franchise included on the list, an honor that makes it stand out among its competitors.

“It is fantastic to be named on a top 10 list by a well-known organization,” said Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc. “I think the fact that we were included on this list, and that we are No. 4 really says something great about our company. We have worked hard to bring on the best franchisees and to help them build successful businesses. We are always looking for ways to improve, and I think our drive to be the best is one of the things that makes us shine.”

The FranchiseRankings.com Top Home Based Franchises are chosen based on their performance in five key areas:

  1. Growth prospect
  2. Marketing support
  3. Training
  4. Ongoing support
  5. Value

“The recovery of the real estate market has created tremendous opportunity in the property inspection business,” said Bill Erickson, EVP of sales and marketing at National Property Inspections, Inc. “Last year, we saw our franchisees do more business than ever before, and this year is off to a great start. I think our focus on what we can do for our franchise owners and our belief that we should earn our royalties make us a company they want to work with.”

In addition to its ranking as a top franchise, National Property Inspections, Inc., is proud to be a top-ranked franchise based on franchisee satisfaction. In an independent franchisee satisfaction survey conducted by Franchise Business Review, NPI scored 4.1 out of 5.0 stars, demonstrating high franchisee satisfaction and outperforming others in its industry. To access the most recent NPI/GPI franchisee satisfaction report, go to http://report.franchisebusinessreview.com/?m=JITjWol.

To learn more about NPI/GPI franchise opportunities, visit www.npifranchise.com in the United States or www.gpifranchise.com in Canada. To access the FranchiseRankings.com Top Home Based Franchises list, visit http://www.franchiserankings.com/reviews-and-ratings-of-best-home-based-franchises.

Self-employment Tax Mistakes

RE0025Some business owners attempt to save money by preparing their own taxes. In the end, they actually may pay more in taxes than are necessary, or they may underpay, which could result in losing hundreds or thousands of dollars.

According to an article published by Tyler Martin, CPA, here’s a list of things business owners commonly forget on their taxes:

Deduct Advertising and Promotion Costs. This includes media, Internet and any other advertising that promotes your business. It would also include novelty items or promotional gifts, such as coffee cups, t-shirts and pens with your company name or logo on them.

Deduct Dues and Subscriptions. This includes magazines and periodicals that are necessary for your business, as well as membership fees paid to any business-related organization.

Deduct Licenses and Permits. If your city requires a business license, make sure to deduct the cost of it.

Deduct Business-related Internet Costs. If you use the Internet for your business or have a website, then there is a good chance some or all of your Internet bill is deductible.

Deduct Business-related Cellular and Telephone Expenses. Calls or lines for business purposes are all deductible.

Deduct Office Supplies. Office supplies used for your business are deductible.

Deduct Business-related Meals and Entertainment. Do you take clients out to lunch or dinner to discuss business? If so, 50 percent of these costs is deductible.

Deduct Business-related Travel. Whether it’s airfare and hotel costs to attend a trade show or the cost of gas to drive to training or an industry event, you can deduct these expenses.

Deduct Business-related Auto Expenses. There are couple of ways you can deduct auto expenses, such as tracking your mileage or deducting the cost of a vehicle dedicated solely to your business. It’s best to consult a tax expert to determine how much you should deduct.

Deduct Business-related Electronic Equipment. Computers, printers and smartphones used for business are partially or fully deductible.

Deduct Outside Services. Costs related to your business, such as tax and accounting help, are typically deductible.

Pay Self-employment Tax. If you are a newly self-employed person, you may not be aware that you will be responsible for a new tax: self-employment tax. It can add to your tax bill quickly, so make sure you understand how the tax is computed and plan your cash flow accordingly.

Pay Payroll Taxes: If you operate your business solo as owner and operator, then you may have yet to face the complications of payroll taxes. As your business grows and prospers, you may need to hire employees. Payroll taxes can be complicated due to compliance policies and deadlines. Inaccurately paid payroll taxes can, in fact, cause businesses to go “belly up,” according to Jessie Seaman, a licensed tax professional and senior staff associate at Tax Defense Network.

Some of the stress and pressures of calculating or miscalculating taxes that are due can be relieved by outsourcing to a tax professional. The fees incurred to hire a licensed tax professional are relatively cheap in comparison to the potential expenses paid by the business for improperly prepared tax returns.

In addition to considering hiring a professional, it is crucial to keep good records throughout the year, and you can pay taxes quarterly to stay on task. If you are not keeping up with expenses and receipts and/or avoiding deadlines, it will be very difficult to try to accurately run down all documentation and figures that are required in order to file your taxes.

National Property Inspections, Inc., Makes FranchiseGrade.com® Top 500

FG-TOP-500-ICONNational Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to announce that its franchise system has been named one of the Top 500 franchises in the United States. The Franchise Grade® Top 500 is compiled from an analysis and benchmark of 2,387 franchise systems. This database represents the largest number of franchise systems used to determine a top franchise ranking, which makes this a significant accomplishment. It uses FranchiseGrade.com’s proprietary Franchise Performance Index, a data tool used to determine the relative grade of each franchise system. Its inclusion in the Franchise Grade Top 500 defines National Property Inspections as a healthy investment opportunity for prospective franchisees.

The FranchiseGrade.com Top 500 list is unique because its methodology is comprehensive and objectively applied, whereas most top franchise lists use a simplistic and limited methodology.

“I am very pleased that we have made Franchise Grade’s top franchises list,” said Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc. “In many ways, they grade franchises tougher than some other organizations, so it really says something great about NPI that we made this list. I think our inclusion on the Top 500, combined with our outstanding franchisee satisfaction will convince prospective franchisees that we really do offer more than our competitors.”

In addition to its ranking as a top franchise, National Property Inspections, Inc., is proud to be a top-ranked franchise based on franchisee satisfaction. In an independent franchisee satisfaction survey conducted by Franchise Business Review, NPI scored 4.1 out of 5.0 stars, demonstrating high franchisee satisfaction and outperforming others in its industry. To access the most recent NPI/GPI franchisee satisfaction report, go to http://report.franchisebusinessreview.com/?m=JITjWol.

Franchisees Find a Bright Future in the Property Inspection Industry

Dual LogosWhether you have construction experience or sales and marketing experience, National Property Inspections, Inc., offers the opportunity for a bright future. Our turn-key franchise system gives franchisees the tools, training  and support to succeed in the property inspection industry.

BusinessOpportunities.biz recently interviewed Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections (U.S) and Global Property Inspections (Canada), and asked him what differentiates the franchise among others in its niche; what makes this concept a good fit for potential franchisees; and what’s next for the franchise, both in the near future and the long term.

To read the full interview, please click here.

NPI/GPI Launches Automated Marketing Solution for Franchise Owners

Hub LogoNational Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to announce the launch of an integrated, automated suite of marketing tools that will help franchise owners market their businesses more efficiently and effectively. Branded as NPI Hub and GPI Hub, the platform is offered to all franchisees at no cost.

To develop the Hub solution, National Property Inspections, Inc., partnered with RenMind, a marketing software and service company based in Omaha, Nebraska. The NPI/GPI Hub is based on the RenMind Wire solution, which is a digital marketing platform. As RenMind builds out the features of RenMind Wire, it will build new features into the Hub solutions for NPI and GPI franchisees.

“RenMind designed Wire to specifically fit the needs of franchises like NPI,” said Luke Armstrong, founder and strategic director of RenMind. “Our growing suite of Web-based marketing tools is designed to be simple to use but powerful enough to replace the need for more complex marketing automation services.”

The first phase of the Hub solution launched on Jan. 16 and provides an email system that allows users to manage contacts, schedule and send emails to their entire contact list, email branded newsletters and fliers, and more. Other phases of RenMind Wire and NPI/GPI Hub will include new ways to promote and publish content, get customer feedback, streamline the sales process, and collect payments.

“Many of our franchise owners have come to a point where they are ready for more sophisticated marketing tools,” said Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc. “We approached RenMind to help us design an automated solution that we could build out, and they started working on the NPI/GPI Hub. The Hub will allow franchise owners to use an integrated solution for multiple areas of their marketing. We have heavily invested in the development of the Hub, and we are excited to offer it to all franchisees at no cost. We are the only franchisor in our class that is doing something like this for our franchisees, and we really think it’s something special for them.”

Throughout 2016, RenMind will develop the next phases of the NPI Hub and GPI Hub. A new app for payment collection with contract management is slated to launch second quarter, and an integrated website management tool is projected to be ready in late 2016.

If you’re ready to make your dream of owning a home and commercial property inspection business come true, National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada have franchise opportunities available in your area. Contact Julie Erickson at 1.800.333.9807, Ext. 24, for information about our franchise opportunities.