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7/22/12 10:46 A

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I would really think this through.
The economy is still rocky and Curves like many small business's are struggling.
I would look at the books and the membership, ( are there enough members to pay the bills or are you looking to make money) there is a reason so many are going out of business. There are a lot of fees that go with owning curves besides rent and utilities. You have insurance, taxes, royalties, payroll, training, software fees and a few others. Look into to good.

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7/19/12 10:43 A

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Woo!!!

Let's see: I think you certainly have the passion for the type of business that would make you likely to succeed owning the franchise. If you have not been in business for yourself before, I would look into some resources in your area: is there a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) that offers training or consulting? What kind of training does Curves itself provide to franchise owners, if any? Do you have friends in small business who could help connect you and network with you for things like financial planning, accounting, marketing, and such?

I think it "takes a village" to be successful owning a small business. I think you can DEFINITELY do it (and so long as you don't have to mortgage the house to do it, I think the risk is probably worth taking for you at this point), but, don't be unrealistic, is all. It will be work and it might be very long hours and stressful -- one thing you DON'T want is for owning a CURVES to make you lose YOURS.

I'm sure others are going to have ideas and insights to offer, too (I am not in any way affiliated with CURVES, but have been running a public benefit organization now for over a decade).

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7/18/12 9:23 P

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I just found out that "My Curves" is going to be sold. As i understand it, the current Owner has a contract with Curves through August of 2013. I think she is wanting to sell the club at that time.
I have NO Experience at all in Business, nor any training. I have been a member of Curves for a little over 3 years and I have been working part time there for about 2 years.
I am thinking that maybe the Current Owner would consider Training me and letting me work under her until I learn enough and can save enough to buy the Club. I have sent the Owner a Message asking her about this, but I'd like to know what you all think.
emoticon My question for those of you who own their own businesses or have Business Training is whether this is a Good Idea. Or is it just "Pie In The Sky" dreaming and I need to "Get Real"?

Jeannie

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