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Comparing Boston Area for a mobile car wash business
The Boston suburbs seem to be rich with possible locations to wash cars and a mobile car wash would be well served in that market. The customers have good jobs, high paying salaries and indeed demand such personal car washing services. They desire these services at home and at work. The economy is strong and many high paying jobs exist there. Housing and growth in the real estate of single family dwellings is still up sharply in the subs:
Many folks who work in town have a hell of a commute and if they leave at 5 pm good luck getting back home to the suburbs as traffic out of downtown is a disaster and the people drive like crap, in cities like LA you call in aggressive behavior on the cell phone; in Boston, they did not park the CA in Havad Yad, they are in it on the freeway with their middle finger out the window cursing at you. In Boston they call themselves in for aggressive behavior, like anyone is going to do anything about it anyway? HUH? We see some serious concerns looking at Boston itself for mobile auto detailing. We see downtown areas off the beaten path in many large cities gone to waste where there was once a booming economy, now urban flight, check out Ft Worth TX sometime, part of downtown is outrageously well off and one mile away in the center of the economic birth of downtown, it's depressed and crime ridden, of course "Isn't that America." Yes, unfortunately it is very much America, but the little brick houses for you and me have moved North and West into the suburbs, land of SUV. Which is fine by us mobile detailers, as in any mobile grid based business we move towards those areas to win the market share where the money flow is as consumers forgot they lost their job and are screaming in credit card debt as the commercials of barbarians at the gate come to catapult them away into credit card hell. Hey your plastic is good for us. Question is? Is what's good for the mobile detailing industry, good for America? Hard to say, there is opportunity in Chaos. Why not ask GM that question, they have the answer. As in jobs; It looks like CA wants to outlaw the SUV for their legislature? Big deal, only problem is Boston as smart as they claim to be still copy everything that CA does? So much for education, Jane Goodall's Chimps can do better than that, copying everything they do including communication techniques. Monkey see, Monkey do, for all the prestige Universities there you would think they would have stopped short of committing to V-2 and taxied into position and held rather than become the Concorde and followed CA into the doldrums of a fiery hell with the dot com burst. VC all the way down to their local and state government? DAH What happened? They did not even read their own HBR did they? We forgive you, question is do the X'ers who have now bought new homes at the top of the market with no job and nowhere to go and BMW and SUV payments? Okay enough crucifixion on Boston? But really people. You have the luxury of a Fed Bank there and money flow; why not spend it on reality-based concepts? Boy that would be interesting wouldn't it? Don't answer that.
Boston is Boston and traffic is traffic and more than anything such a market for mobile services of any kind can only be done by a company, which understands the re-cooping of lost revenues and lost opportunities from traffic flow delays and can repeat such a process thousands of times per week. If you are considering the Boston area for a mobile detailing business be advised keep your routes tight, because the traffic is a bear and the driver act like hungry bears. Think about it.
"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs
Small Business Checks ? Money Saving Options
When you go into business for yourself, there are many things to consider. What you don't want to worry about is spending too much money on unnecessary items. Business checks are one of those things. They don't have to be expensive. Your bottom line keeps your business going, and it is important to keep it that way.
How to Find a Microenterprise Loan for Your Business
If you're looking for start-up capital for your business, but you don't have the credit, collateral or background needed by your bank to get a business loan, then microenterprise might be your best bet.
5 Tips for Hiring a GREAT Bookkeeper
Bookkeeping?the "dreaded" word is something we all have to worry about. Business owners rarely go into business to deal with the financial aspects of running a business. It's easy to understand why! Who wants to do all those boring record keeping functions? Not many. Therefore, one of the first things most entrepreneurs do is hire a bookkeeper. Though hiring a friend, relative or anyone who isn't experienced with the basics of bookkeeping may be a recipe for DISASTER!
How to Make Your Business Image Stand Out Above The Crowd
Traditional advertising methods are still being used for almost 90% of businesses today. The number one problem with this, is that all everyone else seems to be following the same old methods.
Asphalt Paving: Striping Your Parking Lot
As you may already know, asphalt paved parking lots do need maintenance from time to time. One known asphalt paving maintenance technique is to have your parking lot re-striped to add a nicer look to existing asphalt paving properties.
Business Relationships Defined
What makes a business relationship?
Frodos Journey: What It Can Teach You About Marketing Your Small Business
Just recently, I took a break and caught "The Return of the King" at the movie theater. At the same time, I was pondering a topic for this article. As often happens, the themes and timing converged. Here are 10 things you can learn about marketing your small business from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Where Can I Get Clients From?
The following tips have come from a wide variety of sources; some from other successful businesses we know, some from our Home-Based and Small Business Support Group meetings and some we've developed by trial and error.
Business Debt Collection Letter Writing Secrets
Debt collection letters--an overview
Small Business Marketing - How Important Are Your First Words?
"What do you do?" It just might be one of the most asked questions there is, at least here in America.
Small Business Success: Thriving During Change (And Landing On Your Feet!)
If I had $1.00 every time I heard someone say " I don't like change or, change makes me uncomfortable" I'd be a millionaire. Some people thrive on change ? they love it and even create more of it. Others view change with anxiety and resistance. So often, we don't associate potential, excitement and wonder with change. Instead, we react to it; we try to control it; we create situations and problems to avoid dealing with it. We experience change daily in many forms ? the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the conversations we have, traffic patterns, the WEATHER.
Small Business Publicity -- Worth It?
You bet it's worth it. Publicity via news releases, along with building relationships with reporters and editors is really good for your small business.
Breaking The Chains!
Everyday, customers and business owners are bombarded with billboards, logos, print and electronic ads from huge corporations. With annual ad budgets that are more than our businesses' SALES in an entire year, our small independent businesses are getting squeezed out of consumers minds (and wallets) more and more each year. But the good news is, there are ways to fight back and "break the chains":
Business Owners - Do You Actually Own a Job?
How many hours do you work a week? When was the last time you took an uninterrupted holiday? Do your staff have a better job than you? Now ask yourself, Do I Own a Business or a Job- with Overheads? Are you happy about the answers to these questions? If not, read on.
Home Based Franchise; What About Future Expansion?
As a franchisor I am always asked by new and existing franchisees about future expansion. I find this to be a most wonderful question because I admire the strength of today's entrepreneur. With all and over regulation we still see hard chargers willing to battle the Tsunami of laws, rules and regulations as the debris rushes ashore. Indeed, with the Hurricane of lawyers presently in practice and Earthquake stampeding new attorneys getting out of law school, it is amazing the new warriors of free enterprise still press. Yes, in fact the modern entrepreneur has more floating and flying debris then ever before in our nations history. The of course want to shoot all the lawyers and regulators who have never made an honest dollar in their entire lives, yet no one has that much ammo and it is time consuming to run down all the much mold and slime.
Business Failure, The 8 Traps Causing Failure And The One Attribute Which Ensures Business Survival
It is estimated that 78% of all small business start-ups fail within the first twelve months years, and long-term survival is likely for only 22% of all new business start-ups.
Reduce Stress, Increase Profits By Incorporating Strategic Systems In Your Small Business Success
Whether you are an Entrepreneur or Business Professional there are many things you do each week that would benefit from a strategic system to help you be more effective, reduce errors and stress, help you enjoy your time at work and give you more time to have fun outside of work.
Facts About Starting Elderly Group Home Businesses
There's been a recent rise in the number of elderly group home businesses springing up everywhere around the world, what with an estimated one in four families providing care for an elderly relative today. Before you decide to jump on the group home business bandwagon, though, you need to know as much as possible. This brief guide will help.
Q and A: Personalized Birthday Cards from Paul Leonard
Paul Leonard's BirthdayCards2Go.com paid greeting card service offers convenience when you're rushing to send birthday wishes. While nothing can beat a personalized poem to add that extra touch of thoughtfulness, we can all agree that in this busy world, any connection we can make with each other, even just to say "Thinking of you," is worthwhile.
Who Does Over Disclosure Really Hurt In Franchising?
Costs of over regulation and over disclosure end up hurting the very consumer that the regulatory bodies are trying to protect. Over disclosure and over regulation is in itself the worst evil of civilization, as it stifles free enterprise, innovation and free markets. In franchising the disclosure documents have in fact grown to over 200 plus pages in length on average. You should be happy you are not a tree in the forest right now.
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