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What is the demand for business investment/ownership with no day-to-day management (absentee ownership)?

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Bergen County, NJ

i am looking at some fast food businesses but i do not have enough capital i have the knowledge and can manage you can be silent partner and can come in check things whenever you like.NY or NJ area call 845 699 0314 or email


Jun 19, 2011
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If your going to run a "typical" small business absentee, then I suggest you figure out the maximum amount you are going to invest. Next, take that amount of money and go into your bathroom and flush it down the toilet. More than likely, the result will be the same and it will be over much quicker than going the actual business route.

The other great thing about doing it this way, is that no one (like banks, vendors, customers, leases, contracts, employees, pride, self-esteem, etc) will be forcing you to flush more money every single day of your life!

Been there...Done that!

Jun 11, 2011
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The BAF Group LLC

Sid, I am sorry, but that does not wash with the vast majority of small businesses. First, the business has to be large enough and profitable enough to enable the Owner to retain management, rather than to be an Owner/Operator. Big businesses and large corporations, by definition have that capability. Many, many small businesses do not.

Moreover, many small businesses are dependent on sales that have strong cash payments. This means a tremoundous opportunity for theft, or simply errors by employees handling the cash, rather than a more careful Owner. No matter how you do it, how you manage or provide incentives, no employee is going to take the same kind of care that an Owner will!

Aligned with this, inventory can easily walk out the door without strong and sometimes expensive inventory control systems. The average, small business finds this to be one of its most difficult areas to supervise.

I am not saying doing this is impossible; but to try to go into it with a cavalier attitude is asking for a nightmare.

Jun 10, 2011
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Freedom Business Brokers
Orange County, CA

Did you notice most of the big businesses and large corporations run as absentee owner
and still run successfully? So what happens realistically the staff manges it .You can do the same thing.

Jun 9, 2011
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The BAF Group LLC

Tremendous, depending upon how the business is operated to provide the Owner with a sense of safety for his/her investment.

Jun 7, 2011