Yeah, It’s An Idea. Maybe Not The One I Need.Posted: May 3, 2011
I think I have mentioned that I will retire in about two years. If all goes according to plan, I’ll walk away from my job at 52 years old. That’s probably a good time for me to go. In my job, the competition never really ages.
Fortunately, they also don’t gain much in the way of guile.
All the same, 52 is way too young for me to stop working. I enjoy people too much to just walk away. Having a job to bring in supplemental income is a social and financial must for me. I’d give selected body parts to be paid to write, but since I don’t see that happening right off, I have to start thinking in other directions.
Epiphany Is Equal Parts Irritation And Encouragement
I was riding around the other day and saw a bumper sticker advertising a dog grooming business. A few minutes earlier I had seen a woman carrying a dog around in a store. I’m a little bugged by this whenever I see it. I love dogs, but there are places they don’t belong, even if they have a bow in their hair.
But there, in my car, I was no longer bugged by this woman’s need to bring her dog to inappropriate places. I was encouraged by it. Her need to have the fashion statement of carrying her little dog around could be the key to my financial future.
A Business In Search Of A Name
Alright, here is the plan. People who carry dogs around seem to delight in the attention their dogs bring them. What if I had a business that simultaneously provided the attention that high maintainance dogs and their higher maintainance owners require? What if they could see their groomers together?
I am going to seek out the best of the best dog groomers and beautician/barbers. Then, I will cross train them. Those who cut people’s hair will be trained as dog groomers and the dog groomers will get their licenses to cut people’s hair. I will give these people the title of Groomists.
The way I figure it, dog carrying people spare no expense for themselves or their dogs. So, the gimmick of having their dog sitting next to them getting trimmed up, perhaps even by the same person, will be irresistible. They will line up to hand me their money. I’m thinking $800- $1000 per visit. At that rate, a customer or two per day at each of my locations will make me rich.
Yeah, retirement isn’t that scary. I just need a name for what this place is called.
OK, perhaps I’m grasping at straws.
It is a little scary.
I need a job.