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Old 04-08-24, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by wilas
What did you end up doing? How is your business going? I'm interested because I'm thinking about starting a business and it would be great to find out other people's experiences.
You might want to tell people where you live. The OP lives in Canada where things may not be what you think they are
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Originally Posted by prj71
You guys are no fun!!!!
WE are plenty of fun. Canadians are very funny. The list is very long, in fact too long for this forum. Think about SNL. Lorne Michaels is Canadian as were many of the not ready for prime time players

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Originally Posted by wilas
What did you end up doing? How is your business going? I'm interested because I'm thinking about starting a business and it would be great to find out other people's experiences.
You might want to send the OP a PM or actually have quoted them so they know. It is a 2 year old thread so not really currently active. As someone starting a business it is a lot of work but it is worth it in the end. If you are just going for a small thing not a shop then it might be a little easier but make sure you get good insurance and have things well set up. Setting a proper LLC and making sure you fulfill the needs of the LLC to be a real LLC is key. NBDA could be of some help as well as PBMA (if they are still around) and even People for Bikes could be of some help.

If you are going at it completely solo know your limits and don't take on a job you cannot do just because you want or need the money. Having a shop with multiple mechanics means they can ask for help and bounce ideas off of each other or give the bike to the mechanic who would most be able to handle it in a professional manner. Youtube and things like Sutherlands or Zinn and the Art of _______ Bicycle Maintenance or the Park Tool book will be helpful as well.
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If you are going to start a business then do it right. Do it as a JOB.

Running your own business is fun in itself and running one doing something you like is even more fun. But if you dont like all the different facets of running a business then maybe you should work for someone else in the field you want to explore first.

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Originally Posted by alcjphil
WE are plenty of fun. Canadians are very funny. The list is very long, in fact too long for this forum. Think about SNL. Lorne Michaels is Canadian as were many of the not ready for prime time players
Canada has Old Dutch potato chips, Mackintosh toffee, and Newfoundland (although there is some disagreement if Newfoundland is canada or europe......just get a shot of Skreech if you go there)

from an American who grew up watching CBC from Lethbridge because it came in better than American stations (Tab Hunter show, The friendly giant among others) and I spent a lot of time in Newfoundland with the Coast Guard
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Seems that the market is ripe for an independent bike repair shop. Start small working from home.
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There are established shops in the Toronto area that are crying for mechanics.
You can put aside the worries of liability and parts sourcing and just go earn a paycheque doing what you love to do and learn something new every day.
I promise you that last part is true thanks to the pace of innovation these days.
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Originally Posted by squirtdad
Canada has Old Dutch potato chips, Mackintosh toffee, and Newfoundland (although there is some disagreement if Newfoundland is canada or europe......just get a shot of Skreech if you go there)

from an American who grew up watching CBC from Lethbridge because it came in better than American stations (Tab Hunter show, The friendly giant among others) and I spent a lot of time in Newfoundland with the Coast Guard
Newfies are the funniest Canadians:
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