Any thoughts on franchise or business opportunities?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by timss13, Aug 6, 2008.

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  1. timss13

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    Hey all,

    Since it seems like we are all a bunch of intelligent individuals, I figured I'd solicite any suggestions or input regarding purchasing a franchise or business. I am thinking long term, within the next 2-3 years of venturing out on my own. Are their any members here with experience or expertise? I am not talking restaurants, health clubs, etc., but rather a business that might be covered here such as green, renewable, energy related businesses or franchises.

    As for me, I am a salesman and am very successful at it. I have ranked in the top 5% of my salesforce for a Fortune 1000 company for 5 years running. I enjoy it but feel the need for a new challenge down the road, preferably one that involves more ownership and independence to make the right decisions for my company.

    Any feedback or thougts are appreciated. The good, the bad and the ugly...
     

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    Pellet stove service and repair.
     
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  3. Adios Pantalones

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    Is your goal to make a lot of money at this, or to get by? What other skills do you have, besides sales?
     
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    Amway?

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    Complete kit for grid tied wind generator. Mass produced and sold by dealers. DIY stuff.
     
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    Work with Boone Pickens. Hell he is selling wind. Still.

    Or John McCain. He could use a good sales force right about now.
     
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  6. timss13

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    Other skills- strong business acumen, tireless worker who does not jump right into things without listening and learning. Idealist but pragmatic. I'd like to something which serves the common good but also provides for an excellent income. I actually have been thinking about bulk pellet delivery and pellet storage systems as part of the equation. Unfortunately, I am not the guy who can fix things with tools but rather the guy who can find the resources and create the solution from idea inception to end game.
     
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    Consulting to teach your skills to business owners. Sell a program to retail sales stores on how to train people. Create a new brainstorming session and teach businesses how to get the most out of people. If all else fails just create the illusion of one of these :p and sell it to businesses. Perception is reality, at least until the check is cashed!
     
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    I mean skill, rather than quality. Drive a truck? Plant a garden? Layout an electrical board? Small engine repair?
     
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    I would say that more and more urban dwellers and suburbanites will be driven to abandon natural gas heat as fossil fuel prices inevitably trend higher. They'll make a rational economic choice to seek out alternatives. How can you seize that opportunity? Provide extremely efficient wood inserts? Develop a system by which wood and other plant fiber waste in a city or region is converted into something like Bio-Brix (not hauled over the road long distances which would defeat the purpose)? Citydwellers could use tidy, high-btu fuel for their insert/stove/appliances.
     
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    "I’d like to something which serves the common good but also provides for an excellent income. " Sounds like you need to start a Hearth website ; ) It worked for Craig and Elk (or did it?)!
     
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    Definitely, since you are in New England, open a Dunkin Donuts franchise. I believe there is a 500 ft section of road in my town that is underserved by Dunkin Donuts. LOL.
     
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    It sounds like you have time to research and create a business on your own.As a former franchisee for a tool and equipment giant, I can tell you that when its good,it's good, but when things don't go corporates' way, they will play hard ball with you because of the agreement you signed .Keep this in mind as you do your research..........
     
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    Dagget is that you ?
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    impressed.

    <a href="http://www.bizoppjunction.com">
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    Use other peoples money & think of doing something that no one else around is doing. Thick skin and a positive attitude and a good plan always produces positive results.
     
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