Good luck on your business. Did you find retirement too slow for your taste? I hope all goes great. It sounds like fun. I've tried on a few occasions to talk my wife into starting a business, but the uncertainty is too much for her to agree to it. The potential for unsteady income is too unsettling. Combined with the healthcare issues, it's always proved a non-starter... -- PeterA friend of mine is in the same biz in the Detroit area. Contrary to common sense ;), the business should provide the stable income I'd like to have with stocks, but I'm not getting.That needs explanation.* Stable income from stocks is possible of course with a variety of regular income strategies, but my portfolio is not big enough to give me the income I want plus the growth I want. I suppose I could trudge along with a good income and modest growth, but I want more flexibility in my spending.* I explored a combination of income through options sales along with my regular growth companies, but my options income varied more than I was comfortable with. At times, it was incredibly profitable. Other times, I'd be sitting on shares that were put to me. Overall, I think it would work, but....this other thing came along....* The business is just too compelling an investment. It certainly isn't the passive kind of income or growth achievable through the stock market, but the returns (and risk) look extremely favorable. Too bad I didn't start with it when my friend did! Nevertheless, I think I can make the money I'd like within a couple years.... and have far more than I need a couple years after that. Fortunately for me, it's a relatively simple minded business where location and personnel development are key...... and not so much with inventory issues or complexity of operations. The franchisor gives an incredible amount of support. I'll talk more about it when I'm officially on board.Oh.... my Fool email address (such as is obtained by clicking "E-Mail this Reply to the Author") won't work for me. I mean.... I imagine it's working, I just can't access the account. Fool IT has tried to help me with it, but to no avail.Rob
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