Franchising can be very confusing to those who are new to the concept, but even those who know what it is can get confused with the way it works. There are many nuances to working with and running a franchised business – but there are many, many perks and bonuses that can easily outweigh the potential problems that come along with it. Especially when the the alternate option is starting your own business from scratch.
Franchising, when put simply, is this; The owner of a store pays a larger company (Like McDonald’s, for example) to use their branding. The larger company usually contacts potential franchises by franchise leads they have either purchased or received through a franchise portal. Now this works in a few different ways.
First, the franchisee (the one paying the corporation) gains access to the brand. What would have been a Joe’s Burgers becomes a McDonald’s. This means that the menu can list all of their specialties and the owner can use that to draw customers. This definitely can be effective – people will stop by to eat because they know what they’re getting. It’s easy to pick up a Big Mac, whereas sometimes people won’t stop by a burger joint because they have no way of knowing what’s in store.
Second, the store can order straight from the franchise’s supplier. This means that the owner will have access to everything they need for their menu all the time. Suppliers are always within reach, and there shouldn’t ever be problems getting what you need to run your business. This is the real basis of the franchise – the franchise acts as the supplier and the franchisee sells the franchise’s goods.
Third, the franchisee and franchise essentially share the business. The franchisee pays the franchise a portion of the sales, as well as the fee to use the brand. In addition to this, the franchisee must follow the standards and regulations put forth by the franchise. Uniforms are generally standardized throughout a franchise, which helps give the appearance of one large chain, although technically, that is not the case.
Forth, the franchisee is given basic control over the operations of the store itself. While the franchsee gets essentially no say in how the business operates over all (work hours, uniform, products, etc) they do have control of the rest of the business. They take care of hiring and firing, making up a schedule, and the day to day business ongoings. So, no matter how it seems, running a franchise takes just as much diligence and work as running any other business.
Those are the basics. Basically, when a franchisee opens a new franchised location, they are opening a store as part of an already established chain, but they have control over the store. There are many positives and negatives that come with it, and figuring out if franchising is the right move is something anyone thinking about doing it should consider.
Mixing E-Liquid is a great way to gain access to flavors not available, or just not on your shelf at the time. Of course, good practice when mixing E-Liquids isn’t hard to learn. In fact, it’s rather easy. I’ll give you a quick overview of how to mix E-Liquids without much issue so that you know how it works, and then give you some combinations I’ve tried and how they work out. Also remember, using USA E-Liquids is always a better idea than China made ones, you never really know what is inside those bottles.
To get right on topic, a really easy way to fill a cartridge is by filling the cartridge condom up about half way, and slowly inserting the cartridge in so that it soaks up the E-Liquid. It’s a great, mess free way to fill your carts. Now, following that, an easy way to physically mix the flavors is by doing the same – add a few drops of one flavored E-Liquid to the condom, then add a few of the other. Cover the condom with paper towel and just swirl it a bit. You don’t want the paper towel to get too much of the E-Liquid on it, or you’ll be out some E-Liquid. Also, be very careful to not get E-Liquid on your hands. And if you do, wash them immediately afterward. You can, of course, also mix E-Liquids into an E-Liquid bottle to do more at once. That will also give you the chance to make more exact proportions, since it’s hard to judge based on drops.
Now, as for what flavors go well together, this topic is a bit more varied. There are many flavors that mix 1 and 1 to get a specific desired flavor. For example, mixing cinnamon and apple gets a flavor akin to apple pie. And of course, chocolate and mint or menthol always mix into a mint chocolate chip well.
There are also flavors that just go well together. Chocolate and most fruity flavors mix well, like the fruit covered in chocolate fondue. And adding mint to a fruity flavor comes out tasting like a tic-tac flavored in that fruit. Coffee flavors go really well with tobacco flavors; the resulting taste feels like something of a morning cigarette. Coffee also goes great with chocolate for a mocha coffee flavor.
There are also more complex flavor. One I found online for example, called for chocolate, tobacco and coffee – it ended up being a tiramisu flavor that was great. A lot of mixing recipes call for specific flavors in specific concentrations, but when you start mixing, it’s best to try some simple ones first, and then maybe try your own.
Another great, related idea is mixing holiday appropriate flavors. If your friends vape too, maybe mixing them some holiday flavors for gifts is a great way to go. For example maybe adding a peppermint and chocolate flavor together, or even adding a vanilla flavor to that, to get a peppermint hot chocolate for christmas. Or add vanilla to the apple pie flavor for apple pie and vanilla ice cream for the 4th of July. There are a lot of flavors to be found for sale, and with the addition of mixing, there are thousands of possible flavors already, and more waiting to be discovered.
With the FDA and WHO stepping in finally, regulations have begun to come into play. And with those regulations come voices from the crowd shouting one of three things. Lots of people are in favor of logical regulations – stop the selling to young adults, keep some base regulations to make sure that no company is using dangerous chemicals, etc. There are also people fighting to keep regulations off entirely. Then there are people fighting for complete banning on E-Cigs.
Personally I fall in the first category. I believe E-Cigs should be regulated some, to keep them out of the hands of minor if possible, and make sure nothing that is not already approved for human consumption goes into them. And while I do understand the people fighting for no regulations, I think having the E-Cigs regulated is the logical way to go. It would keep dangerous ones off the market, and less people would get mixed up with potentially dangerous companies’ products.
On the other hand, I think complete banning is a ridiculous step to take. No one has any idea if E-Cigs are actually bad for you. A few things have come up, yes, that are negative. Like the strengthening of staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) when faced with E-Cig vapor. And people immediately attacked E-Cigs for it. But, is that wise? Why would you attack a product that does that, but also stops people from smoking traditional cigarettes that are known to cause so much more harm? Which is the lesser of two evils, here?
And then there are the people who want them banned because we don’t know what the long term effects are. I understand that argument – I do. However, given the current information, I think that may not be the best approach this time. Assuming E-Cigs are used to replace traditional cigarettes, how could they be any worse than something that causes death? They can’t. They simply can’t. Even if they do cause death as well, that would be merely the same, but there is no evidence to support that they may cause illness. There are people out there who have been vaping for years already, with no ill effects.
Again, I don’t think that they should be completely unregulated, but I think full banning is too far. E-Cigs seem to be a better alternative to traditional cigarettes, so let people make the switch. If we find that E-Cigs are just as bad, then we’ll deal with that then, but we know how bad cigarettes are. Surely E-Cigs must be better. And what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?