Here's a map for wanna-be ownersIf you're dreaming of owning a business but not sure which direction might be best, it helps to read the future.
Entrepreneur magazine has identified several fields that are likely to heat up in the next few years:
With the aid of digital cameras, the smaller shop is able to scan and tailor the images on a computer to the unique needs of the customer, particularly when that customer is sitting at your side.
If you don't like any of these, look around your community and figure out what the customer needs and were there is no place to fill the need. There's your opportunity.
If you want to learn more about these opportunities, go to the library and look at all the issues, recent and back, of Entrepreneur magazine. You'll get some useful information about franchising opportunities.
If you are going to use the Rockford main library on Wyman Street, go to the second floor research desk and ask for Jean Beeman, the senior reference librarian. Tell her I sent you and I'm sure you'll get a lot of help and knowledge on how to use the library resources to meet your needs.
Also ask for the franchising books, which will provide a lot of information on individual franchises and what's required to enter the game.
Bill Bryan is a counselor with the Service Corps of Retired Executives. SCORE offers counseling, workshops and seminars on small business operations. You can reach Bryan through SCORE, 515 N Court St. 815-962-0122, for information and appointments.
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