I've spoken of going out on my own in the future. But I've become aware of a piece of property available NOW that will so fit my needs that I have to try to find a way to have it.
It's a 1248 sf mobile home (I've only seen pictures, but the inside looks gorgeous!). It sits on 5 acres of pasture, and is chain-linked and wire fenced around the property. There is a 1700 sf workshop with a/c and electricity.

There it is. The training building. The cleared acreage for events, workshops, and seminars. The fencing. And it's a reasonable price - $139,000. Especially considering the money I wouldn't have to spend preparing it as it's already prepared.
As extra added bennies, it has central a/c and heat, all appliances including a dishwasher, and is on water. (A pond - haven't seen how big it is yet, but it's called "waterfront.")
It's in an agricultural area that is still out in the middle of nowhere, but it's only a half hour commute to work. And the population is expanding out in that direction. 10 years ago, Oviedo (where I work) was out in the woods. Now it's a relatively upscale, developed city, and the development is spreading rapidly towards Geneva, where the home/business would be.

This is too perfect. I'm not ready to start training on my own, but I could do some boarding and workshop/seminar-hosting to supplement my income while I'm working at PetsMart and educating myself further.
It's a slim chance I can swing this, as I would need the help of the SBA and this place is on the market NOW. It's going to take time to get my eggs all in one basket (business plan, etc.).
So... I need advice. For those of you who have your own businesses, what would you suggest I do first? There is a free SBA seminar Wednesday, and I'm going (have to cut out early to make a class, but I can swing most of it). What else? What books/websites would you recommend?
As for boarding, I would like to offer something different. I get to know my students, and many of them would be fine having the run of my house/yard with my girls. (OF COURSE, only when I'm there and directly supervising, otherwise they'd be safely kenneled.) I know that this is the situation most of my students are looking for. I could have made a fortune on boarding this summer if I was set up for it, and I also would have been able to easily pick and choose my boarders according to who would do best with the freedom. If the boarding went well enough, I could go part-time at PetsMart, and have more time for my own business.
Those of you who board professionally, can you give me hints/tips/advice on how to get started setting this up? I just heard that cement is the only surface appropriate for kennels, because any other surface is too porous to clean and sterilize efficiently. This is the depth of my ignorance at this point. :} Again, any books/websites to recommend?
I'm also clueless about hosting workshops/seminars. I'm talking about renting out my land and building for guest instructors. Any starting points there?

Even if I don't get this piece of property, and the right place doesn't come by again for years, at least I'll have gotten started in the right direction if I begin preparation now.
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This is too perfect. I'm not ready to start training on my own, but I could do some boarding and workshop/seminar-hosting to supplement my income while I'm working at PetsMart and educating myself further.

I'm speechless. I truly am.
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Do your research in a hurry. I have a feeling this type of property won't sell really fast, so you may be able to do it. Insurance is a must before you bring any dogs or people on to the property. Good luck.
And it's a reasonable price - $139,000.

BTW, coming from the perspective of a Californian, this is pennies. 5 acres around here would be in the high 6 or low 7 figure range.
This is too perfect. I'm not ready to start training ... income while I'm working at PetsMart and educating myself further.

I'm speechless. I truly am.

Here we go again. Can barely afford present expenses, not enough time or money to take training classes, but can do this. I hereby give up.

Mustang Sally
Those of you who board professionally, can you give me hints/tips/adviceon how to get started setting this up? I just ... porous to cleanand sterilize efficiently. This is the depth of my ignorance at this point.} Again, any books/websites to recommend?

A family friend runs a doggie day care & kennel, which might be of interest to you. Its not kenneled boarding, but rather five fenced acres - dogs run loose all day basically. Would it help you to speak to her?
For those of you who have your own businesses, what would you suggest I do first?

The first thing I'd do is check the by-laws of that area to see how many dogs are allowed on the property.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
For those of you who have your own businesses, what would you suggest I do first?

The first thing I'd do is check the by-laws of that area to see how many dogs are allowed on the property.

And check with the zoning board to see if you're allowed to run a commercial business on that residential property. You might be able to do so but not be allowed to have more than a certain number of dogs. Or you might be allowed to have 50 dogs but not get approval to run a business from that property. If the first two things pan out ok then I'd next find out who would insure my business and how much its going to cost. You can't (or shouldn't) run a business with other people's possessions unless you have liability insurance in place to protect you in case someone sues or you have an accident.

Tara
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