Been a long road. Due to many changes both current and what I foresee upcoming, I'm looking to sell or close my business. Ideally I'd sell, whether with or without me as part of it. If I shutter my business, I'll keep many of my clients I can work with around whatever new job I find. So, I wonder if 1) anyone knows of someone who wants to take advantage of a small repair shop in very rural Michigan that includes about 90 RMM accounts (business and residential) or 2) has advice for me to gracefully shut it down.
I realize I have to honor my existing contracts. That won't be difficult as I've been careful not to over-promise from the start.
Basically, I have three parts: me, my building, the business.
I've contacted most of the similar shops in the area and they all want to remain single shops.
In case anyone is wondering, I'll give a little background on how I got here. From day 1 (6 years ago), I said I had 5-7 years to figure out a niche that would remain, or to find an additional revenue stream. My business would be open 3 days/week and I'd have the other two days for on-site work. I knew phone and tablet repair would slowly drop off (it has) and that regular computer services would slow as more of my residential clients moved to tablets and giving up on computers to just use their phones. All these came true as expected. My thought was to move more into security/compliance, but it's so sparse around here the liability for return -- and given the threat landscape -- I don't see how I can make it work as a lone shop in this area due to managing all the vendor relationships as a one-man shop. Add to that I'm not a good salesman. It's not that I can't sell, I just really dislike it. I evaluated hiring a salesperson, but with all the other items in play, I don't think I can make it sustainable independently.
One other option was to add cell phone sales. Our nearest franchise store is about 40 miles. From what i did in discovery, I don't think that will get me enough business to hire someone in as retail so I can focus on what I enjoy more.
So, all that to ask if anyone has advice, or maybe even a possible business interest.
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