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Old 03-07-09, 05:21 PM   #1
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Looking for a career change?

Check this out...
http://madison.craigslist.org/bik/1052717002.html
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Old 03-07-09, 05:33 PM   #2
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As they say, the way to make a small fortune in the bike-shop business is to start out with a big fortune...
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Old 03-08-09, 10:44 AM   #3
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I bought a bike from this shop last year, he was talking then about moving to Texas were he could ride year round.
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I bought a bike from this shop last year, he was talking then about moving to Texas were he could ride year round.
He would be making the right move. I was just reading my AARP news paper and Texas is one of the few states that are in the black.
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Old 03-08-09, 12:01 PM   #5
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It's always been a dream of mine, to own a small bike shop like that. But I realize I'm a terrible businessman and would probably be belly-up in a matter of months. I'm good with bikes, but with business...not so much.
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Old 03-08-09, 12:42 PM   #6
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He would be making the right move. I was just reading my AARP news paper and Texas is one of the few states that are in the black.

The Texas constitution requires a balanced budget.
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I bought a bike from this shop last year, he was talking then about moving to Texas were he could ride year round.
Good move. I just turned over 700 miles for the year and still work pretty much full time, sometimes more.

But tell him to bring a camelback for the summer months.
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No price, does it include the real estate or do you have to pay rent? A nice thought, owning a bike shop, but beware if you try to make a living out of what you love, it usually changes something for you. I loved boats and started a boating business. I make a great living at it but do not like boats anymore, would rather be on my bike than on a boat.

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He who owns a shop doesn't get to ride much. Learned that in 1975.
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Not quite what I'm looking for. My shop will carry bikes, books, stereo equipment, binoculars, telescopes, and will be open by appointment or whenever I show up.
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Bugger career change. I don't even want a career. I just want some sort of regular occupation which involves a kind person giving me money for doing stuff.

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He who owns a shop doesn't get to ride much. Learned that in 1975.
This is true with almost any small retail business. It is even worse today as your customers expect you to be open 7 days a week at all hours. For me never again in retail unless it is part time working for someone else.
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Old 03-10-09, 07:29 AM   #13
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I bought a bike from this shop last year, he was talking then about moving to Texas were he could ride year round.
Aye, and there's the rub with this career change... riding year round in Madison.
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