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What do you like about the Hooters and Outback franchises? If you could have created either one of them, would you have liked too?
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I haven't read anything about the entrepreneurs who started those companies. I am going to look into it though and see if there are any books on them.
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Hooters story:

http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company....ry.html

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http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company....ry.html



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Oh thank you so much! I never knew about that site and I love reading about businesses. I am going to check all that out now.
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....someone asked for some pictures of my truck lettering? Here's a couple photo's I scanned in over the weekend.


Here's a fortunate accident where the driver put it in the ditch when an old lady pulled out in front of him. I'm happy he missed her.



A little action with the hydroseeder before it got lettered.


That's me on top working the clutch, throttle, and nozzle. I never trusted anyone to keep the mechanicals within it's limits. That and if they broke it I had to not only pay for parts, but do the work for free also.


Tree trimming 55 foot bucket truck under renovation. This came in real handy over top of houses and down powerline right of ways. Also had a contract to do trimming along railroad right of ways and crossings.


Me on the backhoe doing concrete demolition.


My oldest at 6 or 7 getting some hours in on the training wheels.
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Oh those are great pictures! Did you buy the bucket truck and then do body work too it or were you just putting on a new coat of paint?

I bet your son loved to use the tractors. That seems like something every kid would dream of doing.
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The bucket truck was about the fourth truck purchased for the fleet. I bought it used and did the bodywork/paint to preserve the steel and make it pleasing to the eye. One great attachment was the PTO powered front winch. This was a power company truck so it had the fiberglass insulated bucket. Never paint over the fiberglass pole or run wires into the bucket. It could cause the bucket to become grounded thru the truck.
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I think all of this is a very good lesson for everyone reading. To be successful, you really need to be multifaceted. You need to be able to do a lot of things.

You need knowledge of how to do the service you are providing but also how to do bodywork. Paint vehicles. Fix mechanical parts. All of these things.

Don't be afraid to experiment and explore. Eric really has given us a lot of insight as to the skills he was able to utilize.
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You sure need to know how to work on lawn mowers. A friend of mine hauled his mowers into the local shop this spring for tune-up and oil change. I offered to do them for free labor just buy the parts. He waited three weeks and paid $65/hour shop rate. I did mine myself this year, he ended up hiring my son on my mowers for a week. So not only did his jobs get delayed, he had to pay shop rate and hire out the work.

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