Special COVID-19 August Newsletter

Hope you’re going well in these unusual times. The suddenness of the changes that have been imposed on us has meant wholesale changes to much of our life… but you know all about that. So, I’ll get straight down to business with our August Edition of the Franchise Simply Newsletter.

First Things, First

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Are you ready for future changes?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the electric car maker will have fully self-driving vehicles on the road by the end of the year.

During an earnings call with investors on Wednesday, the serial entrepreneur revealed that he is already testing an updated version of the firm’s Autopilot software on his commute to work in Los Angeles.

Read full article here

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The Science to well-being with the Statistician with a soul "Nic Marks Bit Of Optimism.

Nic Marks is our inspiring guest today and here to teach us a thing or two about the Science of Well-being. Nic was once described as a “Statistician with a Soul” because of his unusual combination of ‘hard’ statistical skills and ‘soft’ people skills, he draws on scientific evidence to show that everyone benefits when businesses take happiness seriously. Nic founded Friday Pulse an innovative tech business based in London to be the catalyst in changing the world of work for the better.

Listen to his podcasts here.

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Property, Repair & Handyman Franchises In Tip-Top Shape in US - Are You Ready here?

While the coronavirus crisis has impacted certain sectors more than others, one industry that is always recognized as being recession-proof is home repair and property maintenance. In the US software developer for business solutions, Jungleworks, reports that the on-demand home repair industry is worth a considerable $600bn.

Read more here.

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Is This Your Chance Of A Lifetime?

With all these businesses scaling back, there’ll be a huge gap open-up in the market – and buyouts,mergers and quality staff available.
Add to that the increasing demand for new businesses and franchises.

The latest ABS survey on Business Impacts of COVID-19 showed that more than half of medium businesses (53 per cent) are accessing support measures, compared to 42 per cent of small businesses and 38 per cent of large businesses. Sue-Ellen Luke, Director of Technology, Innovation and Business Characteristics Statistics said: “Businesses were asked how they expect to respond when these measures are no longer available. ” More information available from the ABS here.

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A.I Can Tell Good Surgeons Just By Scanning Their Brains

Could a brain scan be the best way to tell a top-notch surgeon? Well, kind of. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University at Buffalo have developed Brain-NET, a deep learning A.I. tool that can accurately predict a surgeon’s certification scores based on their neuroimaging data.

Read more.

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What is a "Tech Bar" and why are companies creating them?

In even the most digitally-advanced, tech-driven of organizations, if your computer were to have a spontaneous meltdown, there’s often very little you can do about it besides contacting the IT services desk…and waiting.

Read more

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Tasmania Business Sustainability and Recovery Grant Program

Closes at 12 noon on Monday 24 August 2020.
This program will assist small businesses across a number of sectors to sustain themselves, recover, re-open, build capacity and innovate whilst continuing to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To view the program guidelines, determine your eligibility, and make your application, click here.


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How to import a franchise system from overseas with Matt Fitton.

Matt Fitton from Nurse Next Door talks about how to import a franchise system from overseas. Have a listen to his interview with Brian Keen here.


Territory Planning Tips for your B2C Business.

ABC If you wish to undertake the establishment of territories for your B2C business, this is the best way to do it.

Spectrum Analysis specialises in this work and wants to offer you the logic we use in making it happen.

Read more


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Australian franchise industry- Stronger than before

Jason Gehrke is the director of the Franchise Advisory center and he shares how the Australian franchise industry has the potential to bounce back stronger than before here.

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Keep your business healthy- Open letter to CEO's.

Edible, the franchisor of Edible Arrangements, has seen continued growth throughout the first half of 2020 with the signing of 37 new franchise agreements since January.

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Keep your business healthy, Open letter to CEOs

Keep your business healthy- Open letter to CEO's.

Since we work with business owners in 4 continents, we are gaining first-hand knowledge of corona virus effects on global business. Remote work is currently the main answer. But remote alone is no answer EFFECTIVE remote work is.

Read the story here

Some Tips and Insights You May Find of Value

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A Note About Communication

While regular, effective communication is everyone’s business, field managers can make a huge difference to franchisees feeling connected and informed.

Because virtual meetings are now the cornerstone of most communications, we recently asked 50 field managers to work in groups to capture the strategies they use to improve their virtual meetings with franchisees.
Click Here to find the Full Article.

Something You Might Want to Read

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Europe Focus: Portugal - Europe's hidden gem.

Europe Focus: Portugal – Europe’s hidden gem.

It may not be the strongest of all the European countries, but Portugal is still an attractive franchise market brimming with possibilities.

Read full article here

For Your Diary

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Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo

Dates have been announced for the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo 2020/21

Postponed until 12-13 March 2021 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank.

Postponed until 13 and 14 November 2020 at ICC, Darling Harbour.

Postponed until 16 May 2021 at Crown Perth.

Postponed until 18-19 June 2021 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank

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I hope you enjoyed this.

To your success,

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