When I started selling ads for the magazine, I vaguely remembered a guy in Clayton who purchased a coffee maker repair business from me about 23 years ago. I had been running the coffee maker repair business from Lamar, Colorado through most of my magazine delivery area, into western Oklahoma, Texas Panhandle, and the greater Colorado Great Plains, fixing and repairing coffee makers by contract. I called the guy, and told him I now sell ads for Spanish Peaks Ads, and asked if he wanted to purchase an ad.
The Coffee Maker Guy
He said, “Sure, I’ll buy an ad from you. Those folks are good customers and they’ll buy more coffee and coffee makers if I have a website.”
I do web design – my other business – so, I caught that “If I have a website.” comment really fast, and told him I build websites.
He proceeded to give me details about the products he wanted to sell, and we got down to building him a website. He didn’t want a phone number on his ad, and although I didn’t know why, I didn’t make a big deal out of that, because I’d had a few other customers who had said, “No Phone Number.” So, I didn’t feel it was an extremely odd scenario.
Until the ads were in the magazine and the magazine delivered. Now, with people calling ME to get his number, I’ve contacted him again, and asked if we shouldn’t put some kind of information on the website, about contacting him. When he said, “No, that isn’t a good idea.” I asked why.
Life changes meant his business changed.
He reminded me that he had retired, and then told me why. He’s been rather ill and diagnosed in December of 2017 after he purchased his ad, with a problem that keeps him pretty close to home. He no longer repairs coffee makers, or installs coffee makers, but he still sells them on his website. And he sells coffee makers through a dropshipper from Amazon.com.
But he no longer repairs coffee makers.
Here are the business opportunities.
If you’re a handy guy and like learning new things, maybe enjoy working with small equipment, installing equipment at business sites, and you’re clean cut… You might want to do coffee repair. It’s easy to learn, fund to do, and you get to meet a lot of fun people.
The travel in rural areas, to fix coffee makers might be a bit of a run, but most small business owners in rural areas do a lot of travel. People are used to paying you to drive to their location to provide service. But they do need the service.
If you’re this person, his business isn’t for sale, he wants to continue selling coffee makers, coffee, and coffee accessories on his new website. But he would consider posting a link to your website where people would be able to find you through his site. In simple terms, HE WILL ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS!
Often a Business Opportunity Arrives as Someone Retires.
If you’re living in a small town and know a business owner is about to retire, or would like to. Go talk to them, learn the trade. Offer to apprentice for a percentage of the pay while you’re training.
Your small community gets a boost with a younger, more capable new business owner. And what remains is the experience of the older business owner, there, ready and waiting to help in a pinch.
Business opportunities are ready and available in small towns, you just have to be ready and willing to snatch them up and run with them, as they do become available.
NOTE: My friend here no longer currently lives and works out of the Clayton community. During his recovery and occupational therapy, he’s living in an assisted living facility and using the sales from his site to help support himself, and subsidize his retirement income.
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