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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.

Entrepreneur Magazine Names National Property Inspections, Inc., a Top 500 Franchise of 2016

2016 Entrepreneur Franchise 500National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is honored to again be included in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500®, an annual ranking of the best franchises based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation.

The most important factors in the Franchise 500® formula include the franchise system’s financial strength and stability, growth rate, and size. Entrepreneur also considers the following:

  • The number of years a company has been in business
  • The length of time the company has been franchising
  • Startup costs
  • Litigation
  • Percentage of terminations
  • Financing opportunities

For the annual Franchise 500®, each franchisor’s financial data is analyzed by an independent CPA. Then, the exclusive Franchise 500® formula calculates each eligible company’s cumulative score. The score does not take into consideration franchisee satisfaction.

“We are always pleased to be included on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500,” said Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc. “We are featured on many top franchise lists every year, and Entrepreneur’s is one of the most prestigious. We have always worked hard to make NPI and GPI top franchise opportunities in the United States and Canada, and this year we have some exciting new benefits and programs for franchise owners.”

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. Click here to access the most recent NPI/GPI franchisee satisfaction report.

To learn more about NPI/GPI franchise opportunities, visit http://npifranchise.com/ in the United States or http://gpifranchise.com/ in Canada. To access the Entrepreneur Franchise 500® report, go to http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500.

Now Is the Time to Start Your Home Inspection Business

Inspector + Realtor or client38When you think of starting your own business, your first thought may be that the economy isn’t right. Or, you may question why you would leave your current job to go off and start your own business. There are several reasons why now is the right time for starting your own business. In fact, a recent article in Entrepreneur Magazine addressed 3 reasons why now is the time to start your own business:

  1. Improved technology. Less expensive, better technology has enabled the rise of small-business owners by dropping barriers to entry, speeding distribution channels and reducing overhead.
  2. Better access to credit and loans. Small-business lending is still down 20 percent compared to levels before the recession, but lending is improving due to factors like crowdfunding, alternative lenders and expanded access to U.S.-backed loan guarantees.
  3. The economy is rebounding. Unemployment rates are decreasing, interest rates are low and stocks have hit higher records.

Other reasons to think about starting your own business include personal convenience and your own well-being. Corporate America involves car pools, traffic jams, traffic violations, parking struggles and time clocks — not to mention that corporations are demanding more work from fewer people these days. Workers can feel overwhelmed at times. Simply lives robotically, with daily redundancy every week day and possibly some weekends, can become exhausting. Family functions and important events with the kids may be impossible to attend. Sometimes, when you are lucky, you get to show up late for these irreplaceable moments in life.

If you operate your own business, you can arrange to work from home at least part of the time, and you’ll set your own schedule. You can attend family events and functions and keep both your family and yourself happy. Why not work to make yourself prosper and watch your family grow while remaining an active part of their lives?

If you eliminate the hectic daily life of Corporate America, and spend more time with your family building your own destiny, you could become a happier person. Happier people can live longer lives. Stress itself can be detrimental to your health and in turn cause a shorter life span. At the very least, stress can cause aches and pains that lead to discomfort or the need for medications.

Health, happiness, finances and convenience all are reasons you should consider starting your own business. If you are looking for a challenging, exciting business opportunity in a field that is rewarding and recession-resistant, we invite you to explore opportunities in the home and commercial building inspection industry with National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada.