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The Laid Off IT Guy! Franchise Opportunity

I hope that I’m not the only person that has bogus job opportunities disguised in my daily job board search results.  I’ve had many recruiter harvesting ads pop up disguised as legitimate open IT positions.   Others think that I’d be interested in starting a new insurance branch office as part of their franchise.

One franchise opportunity that I’ve given some serious consideration to is a restaurant franchise.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but in the past year, within this deep recession, restaurants are still pretty darn full.  I know for my family we eat out considerably less than we used to, but when we do venture out, restaurants are just as busy as ever.  Maybe families, like mine, use what fun money they do choose to spend on a meal out of the house.

I have a friend that owns a popular hamburger franchise.  I sat down with him not long ago to learn more about what drew him to the restaurant business from his life as a marketing executive for a bank.  What I learned is that he wanted to be his own boss and to control his financial future.  Not surprisingly, those would be the same desires that I would have for starting that venture.  Yet flipping burgers doesn’t have a lot of appeal to me, even with the chance of meeting those goals.

Still, I’m considering it.  Unfortunately, starting out requires a large cash down payment contribution, which I don’t have at this time.

I’ve been in IT for 19 years and the thought has occurred to me to break out of this perpetual new technology cycle to try something new.  But I fear trying something new, knowing that getting back in to IT after I’m out would be very difficult, as fast as technology changes.

If you’ve started a franchise as a means of controlling your destiny, I’d really like to hear from you.  Post a comment online or send me an email.

Thank you!

The Laid Off IT Guy!

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