A gaping chill of colours, an empty room, lively and enriched. I open my crisper and reach for anything. Any one thing that I may potentially enjoy. I'm not hungry. I don't know what I am, but I stand amid the door ajar hoping for inspiration by some unlikely apparition that holds disdain for witnesses. And it appears.
Most unlikely of the typical ones. In years past, I would consume her to keep doctor's appointments at bay, "stronger teeth and bones" they'd say, but today, she is magnificent and uncommon. The perfect red highlighted in golden yellow. The stem is as average as any, in fact, shorter, stubbier, and asphyxiated by some sticky matter, potentially oozing from its core. I pick it up, anyway.
Is it the light this evening; the winter's first flecks capturing a divided glimmer of the moon? I stalled the back door shut and have drawn the chandelier panels. No light enters here. Perhaps some genetic modifier has contributed aesthetic shine to this earth spore, creating a bio-luminescent shine unlike I've experienced. In my darkest house, I am enlightened by its chilled-red frame and pure surface, and I will not eat it.
Something of a muse that I have never witnessed. What artists dare paint and uncomfortably ask to undress before them, I am in rapture for my muse is naked. Fresh as the earth created, but kin to deja vu. Something unfolds in the stark drawer from whence it is housed. The position in which it lay, the hour of its ripening. Perhaps, the precise instant when visiting, marked the moment in which I found it in its most perfect form.
I rotate it.
This apple has a scar.
(Susana Borosic, 2017) South Korean designers' innumerable contributions to fashion have long surpassed the lurid, short-lived trend sentence, transforming Seoul into the epitome of style as one of the world's fashion capitals. Since the time of Ulzzang Fashion, the cropped pant, and idol style, Seoul has fulfilled its obligation to the avante garde with the ultimate love letter to feet our soles.
Indie shoe designers are creating exquisite pairs by exploring the diversity of texture-on-texture and lower heels. This fall 2017 season, designers like Reike Nen, Yuul Yie, and Flat Apartment pay homage to art and practicality with vivid colours and geometric embellishments, emphasizing non-stereotypical forms of feminin traditionel.
Designed for functionality as well was grace, Seoul's indie designers have thrown out the manual for mass-procured fan fair, and calculated ingenious works for your feet that you can wear from high tea to happy hour.
5 Consideration for Franchise Ownership
Whether you are beginning to invest or looking to further establish after retirement, investing in a franchise will become a part of your legacy. It is important you desire success, but glossing over what is involved can deter rewards to follow - there are many options out there, but what is the right choice for you? Success begins with intelligent partnerships and cohesiveness. In becoming a franchisee, you are considering joining potential businesses with experience that will support your effort towards achieving a common goal. In order to be successful, taking time to understand important factors regarding franchise ownership will aid in making, not only the right choice, but the enlightened choice.
#1 HARD WORK PAYS
What's great about owning a franchise is you have a large-scale business standing behind you. However, in order to maintain the success of your shop, expect to work hard!
If you believe you are more likely to be successful in taking on a franchise, you are very right. In fact, North American statistics show when compared to 30% of independent businesses that go under after 3 years, only 5% of franchises disappear. This serves as a point of confidence for any up-and-coming franchisee owner. However, this does not mean you are exempt from the possibility of failure.
Corporations will continue to be successful despite a few franchise shop failures, which means the company for which you work will make money despite your investment loss. It is important that you work hard to maintain a long standing franchise shop that is of value to the bigger picture.
Do not be afraid to do the heavy lifting and never expect a company name to do the work for you!
#2 EVALUATE YOUR ABILITIES
Evaluating your abilities is important when considering becoming a franchisee. With hard work and dedication, it is possible to reach high levels of success in your lifetime. However, there are inalienable truths you must consider to ensure you are working in a dynamic fashion.
Ask yourself, do you prefer to work from home or do you prefer working in a store front? Do you prefer hands-on working environments? Are you comfortable engaging in sales or do you prefer to work with an established client base? These questions suggest an array of working environments that alter the type of franchise you may consider.
Ensure you are financially capable before getting started. Are you retiring from an established career and possess extra means to invest in new ventures? Have you managed to reach your target savings, only, and are hoping to engage in something stable? These questions will aid you in discovering the right franchise for you.
#3 SURVEY POSSIBLE FRANCHISES
Once you have evaluated your abilities and corporate interests, search for a franchise that you believe in, one which upholds policies you can stand behind.
Research potential brands that are of interest to ensure their corporate models are in line with your goals. Many companies offer business models, corporate targets, positive franchisee morale, marketing support, and ethical constructs that enable your idea of success.
If you invest in a franchise from a company you have not researched or are unsure of, you may be faced with less than desirable surprises if any business snags should catch.
Companies expect you to uphold and maintain brand loyalty at all times. Therefore, any significant issue a corporation faces is your shared concern! When planning for success it is important to prepare for pit-falls. Take time to research a company’s history and method of operation before signing your name on the dotted line.
#4 PROFITS COME IN MANY FORMS
When evaluating franchise opportunities that are available to you, take time to consider long-standing companies in comparison to up-and-coming franchises that are generation-particular.
Up-and-coming concepts, ideas, and trends may take off, but require time for advertising before establishing a niche market. On the other hand, long-standing businesses possess clients and customers, but are said businesses too dependent on current relationships for survival? How much risk you are willing to take? What level of consistency do you require during the initial stages of your franchise development?
#5 EXPLORE THE COMPETITION
Many businesses offer similar goods or provide similar services and, as a result, purchasers can choose from a variety of companies from which to shop. In order to understand a company’s ability to maintain success in the midst of competition, explore the type of competition that exists around the franchise in which you have interest.
For beginners out there, get to know terms like Perfect competition, which exists when no large-scale company dominates a given market. Here, similar products are being offered by smaller businesses, which results in a standardized price among products and services, thus a more stabilized form of competition. Another term to consider is monopolistic competition, which suggests although there are several businesses in a given market, one is able to provide competitive pricing as a result of perceived differences in a product. These forms of competition alter prices and will also alter clientele.
If you want to create success out of your investment, remember what you stand for, know what you desire going in, and explore a company that you can stand behind.