Our experts try to jump-start a struggling auto services venture.
Eddie Freeman II, Lube N Go Michigan!, Mich.
I started a mobile oil change business. We change your vehicle's oil at your location, work or home, for $24.95. I am having trouble launching the business - the phone is just not ringing, and I am having no luck with fleet businesses. I've tried word-of-mouth marketing and handing out fliers. I started the business with my own money when gas was $4 a gallon to save customers money and time. Everyone thinks the idea is great, but no one is using it. I quit my job as a dealership service manager to start this business. What advice do you have to get it going?
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John, Lynnwood, Wash.
"I'm looking to make my auto detail shop very green. Are there any government grants that I could get to convert everything to the greenest detail shop you've ever seen?"
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Charlene, Fort Myers, Fla.
I'm interested in buying a small pack-and-ship company. It's for sale for $70,000 with a gross profit of $245,000 a year. As an owner, after making all my bills and deductions, I would make about $60,000. My husband and I want to MORE
Leonard, Russellville, Ark.
For four years I was production manager of a business which is now up for sale. I want to buy it. This business never showed a profit until I took over, then made money 2004-2008, while I worked there. I don't have the money/credit to buy it, and I have been seeking out investors who would be willing to help me based on my track record as MORE
Start by gathering information from trade groups, say our experts.
Pat, Trego, Wis.
I am interested in starting a company catering to the recreational vehicle industry. Where can I find business consultants to help me? I'd prefer to find consultants who are willing to work for free.
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