After visiting or calling two other likely places, I was finally referred to A-1 Luggage Repair. I have my mom's old suitcase that needed new wheels. When I dropped off the suitcase, Mr. Frank mentioned to me that he was looking to sell the business that he and his wife run out of their home.
You may be wondering what this has to do with you. I often tell my coaching clients who are interested in a new career, looking for a job or wanting more clients to get out and about more. Meet people, learn about them, and you may make a connection that could lead to another interesting person or information about a line of work you have never thought about.
When I returned to pick up the bag, Mr. Frank asked me again if I knew anyone who might want to buy the business. I decided not to rush off and to learn more about him. Mr. Frank was a K-12 school music teacher for 37 years. He and his wife, Maywood, bought A-1 Luggage Repair twelve years ago. Now they would like to really retire and have time to travel more.
He says that all you need to run the business is common sense. They repair anything with a handle or a hinge. A-1 is the repair center for five luggage companies. They mail A-1 bags that are under warranty and in need of repair. He said that A-1 is the only luggage repair business in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. But, you don't need to be based in this area. You could do the business from anywhere. In fact, they have received calls from California to Massachusetts.
While I might argue that one would need more than common sense, it does seem like this would be a great opportunity for the right person.
If you are intrigued, contact Frank Racz, 337-406-0250, and let him know that I sent you. He told me that if I find him a buyer, he will donate his Cajun accordion to the Traditional Music Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Now that sounds like a win-win proposition.
So, the moral of this story is to go out and meet people. Engage. Be curious. You never know what you might learn or what opportunities may come your way.
Until next time,
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