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Should I buy a friends tattoo shop for 5k down and 625 per mo for 40 mos, plus 1286 per mo rent?

I helped my "friend" open a tattoo shop in Aug 2010, we went our own ways... now he's failed and come to me with an offer. I'm broke, so I want to take it but not sure. He wants $5k down and $625 per mo for 40 mos totalling $30k. My dream is to own a shop, so I'm tempted, It was for sale for $55 and no bites so he's offering it to me. Its in not so good a location and barely made $5k per mo the whole first year and that's with more artists than I would have. Should I buy it? my credit is shot, can I get a loan for 5k? What is included when I buy his turnkey? Just the name, clientelle and junk in the store?

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Feb 15, 2012
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Here's a shorter answer: Run as fast as you can.

Nov 8, 2011
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Katherine, we need to be real, and that means me sounding like a jerk and you having to ask yourself some hard questions. I don't need the answers - YOU need them for yourself!

How much money do you honestly think you can make, from this per year? When he sells and walks out the door, does the business go with him? I mean, do people come there because he is known, and when he leaves, so does the reputation of the business, itself? If it is in a poor location, just why do people come there, anyway? Obviously, if the business is failing, many people do not really come there, so why the hell do you want to buy a losing operation?

You ask what is included when you buy it, and the answer is that it depends on what you negotiate. The bigger question is, if he is losing money, if he lost artists, what is he selling? If he has "failed", then what name and clientele are you really buying? In most small businesses, the price is determined as a function of profit; does he have profit? If he is failing, there is probably none; therefore again, what is he selling and what the hell do you want this for?

Get a loan for $5,000? On a failing business? No! You need to beg from friends and family or marry for money. (I am trying to keep the mood light!)

What do you think you can do to turn this around? Is that a real objective, or are you kidding yourself? And what would it cost you to set up your own location, in a better spot, where people might come to you, rather than to this losing location, precisely because his failed and you don't need that kind of reputation dogging you? Are you better off starting out cleanly?

Think about it, please. And by the way, I am not certain he is a real "friend".

Nov 8, 2011