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Old 03-12-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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Smile Thinking about potentially owning/running Smog Test Only in Sacramento, CA.

I have been contemplating about this for a while as I work for a corporate company with the typical 8-5 schedule and feeling underpaid just like a lot of Americans. Are any of you out there experienced in this field of work or ownership? I would like to know what the break down of running a Test Only shop would be (i.e. Profit & Loss). Thanks!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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Sac town?

That would be a good front for the buying and selling of stolen air bags lol...
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:20 PM   #3
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Overhead with rent would be the deal breaker. Not sure how much you can afford to lease/buy a commercial property for, but IMO that would be the biggest hurdle.

Advertising and marketing would be cake with adwords and google places.

You could always work nights and weekends for a month or two at a smog shop to see how they run the place.

Research the market and make yourself unique.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:37 AM   #4
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^ Thanks for the advice bro. I've found a few places where the rent is uner $1,000 but obivously the location is not very exposed to main streets..
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Dont you need some expensive equipment and isnt it quite regulated? I think thats a big barrier to entry for competition which is nice.

Then again, youre also going to need to lower costs to break into the market. You cant really differentiate yourself unless you have an underground reputation for being greasable. But thats risky.

I honestly dont see too much money in it.

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^ Thanks for the advice bro. I've found a few places where the rent is uner $1,000 but obivously the location is not very exposed to main streets..
Well, not sure where in Sac you are talking about. But most people will go to the internet, or maybe old fashion types will look in the yellow pages.

For example: https://www.google.com/search?q=fols...hrome&ie=UTF-8

Google Places is free, you just need to confirm your address. If you display coupons on your site, or have something unique about your shop, people will come. Adwords brah.

I'm actually trying to find a place to smog my car today lol! But it's easter sunday so I dunno.

You always have a market for the modded cars with illegal pipes, everyone needs a favor
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Can you smog my car if I take out the cats?
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Starting you're own business is a very large undertaking, and maintaining it is even more challenging. As an entrepreneur, my advice is to go work in the industry for a little bit and see if it's for you. You may not have time for that, but in either case you need to gather as much information about that industry as possible, so you can properly project financial P/L. I work in the restaurant / hospitality business not the automotive business, but i can tell you that location is going to be paramount. You need to estimate financials for your particular market area, so gather as much local empirical data as possible. I can't give you any numbers for the smog industry, but you might think about subscribing to CoStar, at least for a bit, to gather information on real estate, rent rates, vacancy rates, general demographic information, etc. Crunch the numbers carefully, consider all the factors, and decide if it's truly what you want to spend your time doing. I wish you luck sir, the 8-5 wasn't for me either...My other small piece of advice as a small business owner is to employ as few people as possible, without killing yourself, figuratively that is, just sayin'...
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^ Best advice so far. Appreciate it cpepe831!!
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