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11-05-2004 06:39 PM  13 years agoPost 21
Aaron29

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11-05-2004 06:54 PM  13 years agoPost 22
dariof

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greenboot
Just telling him to "go for it" seems almost irresponsible.
He wasn't told to just go for it. Read the verbage above it. He was told he had months and months of research to do (called due diligence), much soul searching, then make an informed decision. He was told to do his research. But because you have defeated the idea before it even starts (dreamkilling, and my point exactly) you assumed he was given irresponsible advise.

BTW: I like your choice of governor in your profile. Mine too. Talk about a success in life...wow. And who would have thought a penniless immigrant who barely spoke English would be the Leader of what is perhaps the greatest state in the US.? Smart man making smart decisions and not letting others tell him what he can't do.

Best Regards, Dario

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11-05-2004 08:40 PM  13 years agoPost 23
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I own a steel fabrication shop and know what it takes to make a business work. It's very tough whatever you do. A good friend of mine owns a hobby shop and I asked hime one day why isn't he ever at the field. He said open a hobby shop and you'll see why I'm never there anymore. I fly for fun and enjoyment, it's hard to do that when you depend on it every day to put food on the table and pay bills. If you're not careful your hobby can turn into a job and the fun goes away.

Now, if I were to ever open a shop, which I've thought about when I retire from this. I won't be the one running it on a day to day basis. That way it's not a job. That's the only way I would do it.

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11-05-2004 09:21 PM  13 years agoPost 24
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Need to be positive to start a business
I agree with Dario. Negativity will get you nowhere. Don't even start if your negative. I own a small business that myself and wife started. We own a gift basket company. We started out small, financed the whole project ourselves, worked very long hours before and still now to achieve what we have accomplished. Its lots of hard work especially if you're starting from small capital resources. Best advice I can give is to really study the market and keep an very upbeat attitude. Speak to the right people like Dario mentioned. Solid business plan and I mean this SOLID BUSINESS PLAN is essential. "Failure to plan is planning to Fail"
Must plan, plan, plan and forcast. There is alot of info out there and the internet is a great resuouce. Join the Better Business Bureau, Small business administration, Your local Chamber of Commerce, ..etc....

Is it worth it = Yes, the rewards are great but takes lots of hard work. The people you associate with in business, people you meet at trade shows, business meetings all have very common positive traits and you will see a whole new world and learn alot. Join your local chamber of Commerece - they should let you sit in at one of their meetings - Meet People and network

Check out my home page - we started selling gift baskets to friends and co-workers then to all over the United States, and now we build Gift Baskets for some of the Major Gift Basket companies, Drop ship it for them with the name on it, and handle major Corporations Gift Needs - Our wearhouse is the closet thing to a Santa's workshop during the Christmas Holidays. We sell our items for all occasions, Birthdays are big for us and happen everyday.. On Google we're # 3 for the key word Birthday gift baskets.

Iam also a search engine optimizer and if you need help with this can give lots of advice

Good luck

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11-05-2004 11:11 PM  13 years agoPost 25
dariof

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Linley:

Great Post. It's obvious you are not caught in the trenches under someone's elses thumb.

Best Regards, Dario

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11-06-2004 12:23 AM  13 years agoPost 26
daggit

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words of encouragement
"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."

"Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away."

Quote: If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.
Author: Walt Disney 1901-1966, American Artist, Film Producer

"I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one." (how boring is that?)

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11-06-2004 01:30 AM  13 years agoPost 27
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A good friend of mine bought a hobby shop about 6 years ago. He was a factory worker before making about $15.00 an hour. He used his whole life saving making this hobby shop work. "Work it did not." He carries RC,planks,rockets,model car,train...you name it, except helis. The store is big and pristine condition! He makes about $5.00 an hour average after all bills are paid and he has NO healthcare coverage for himself or his family. Pays workers what he can and tries to keep his head above water. I still stop by his shop when I go back to where I moved from and he always gives me a look...and I say...is it that bad? He prays everyday to go back in time 6 years and never mess with it. He has no choice but to keep it up and running...nobody will buy it...and if he shuts it down he will have to file BK.

Also running a hobby shop kills the RC enthusiasm in a lot of peple. It is just a job...the hobby relic has worn off.

I am not trying to be negative...but this is the way it could turn out. Make sure you have enough money to get out if things get ruff.

Running a hobby shop is a lot of work with little rewards. However more power to anyone who starts one...I hope it works out

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11-06-2004 02:09 AM  13 years agoPost 28
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Thank You for the wisdom
To all that responded to my inquiry re: Hobby Store
I would like to thank you all for your comments. Will keep you posted. As of now I am studying the Vario Parts supplies since to many customer are dismay with the past experience and poor customer service. But if I do pursue it, all I could say is that I will do my best and give you all the respect to earn your trust and business. Will keep you posted...

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11-06-2004 09:34 AM  13 years agoPost 29
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The idea of integrationg a for fee flying feild and integrated shop is excellent. The model certainly seems to work with RC cars as mentioned. I've also seen it work with slot cars. If you think about it, its also not far off the concept of a golf, tennis, or other sport Pro Shop.

I wonder if this business model would not help establish more flying fields.

ML

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11-06-2004 04:08 PM  13 years agoPost 30
greenboot

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If you think about it, its also not far off the concept of a golf, tennis, or other sport Pro Shop
I did think about it and it seems WAY off to me. You would need 20 acres or so and most flying fields have maybe 5-6 guys flying helicopters on nice days. Less during the week or when the weather is bad. Gold and tennis have LOTS more participants for the amount of space needed.

Tom

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