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Longtime corporate worker now happily her own boss after buying franchise | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 22 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Nov 12, 2010, titled Longtime corporate worker now happily her own boss after buying franchise | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Erin Dillon bought an AdvantaClean franchise in May after being laid off two years ago from Wendy's International, where she worked for 33 years.

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Keiretsu Exports Jobs

West Chester, OH

#2 Nov 12, 2010
Amusing. 60 minutes recently showcased the unemployed out of work for 2 years and a guy bought into a similiar franchise. He was barely breaking even.

Too many bean-counters cutting the SG & A at the urging of old english law.
OhighO

Clover, SC

#3 Nov 12, 2010
Keiretsu Exports Jobs wrote:
Amusing. 60 minutes recently showcased the unemployed out of work for 2 years and a guy bought into a similiar franchise. He was barely breaking even.
Too many bean-counters cutting the SG & A at the urging of old english law.
I saw that too. But didn't that franchise just clean air vents only? Not exactly the same thing.
High Hopes

Columbus, OH

#4 Nov 12, 2010
Great for you Erin!
I don't even know this woman, and I have so much pride and admiration for her. She took a giant leap of faith and in the process has given two other people jobs.

Since: Jan 10

Columbus, OH

#5 Nov 12, 2010
Well Done, Erin. Best of luck from everyone on Dave's Way. :o)
JGS

United States

#6 Nov 12, 2010
One problem. She's hired two "consultants" to do the labor. Why can't she hire two employees to do the labor? Because she has found out that the government has made hiring employees to perform actual labor tasks extremely expensive and a huge liability with all the regulations and taxes one must navigate. Are these consultants truly independent contractors or are they really just more miss-classified workers? The government needs to realize they are killing real jobs with all of the regulations, because only those that skirt the laws are able to compete in many different industries.
Bob

Columbus, OH

#7 Nov 12, 2010
I really wish business owners would leave the finite numbers out of these interviews. When a reporter is asking $ investment and sales projections I think it's best to just say no comment. Any time a business can confirm that they are doing well, there is a competitor reading this that is now researching how they can get a piece of that pie.
Justa thought

Beverly, OH

#8 Nov 12, 2010
While I applaud anyone that gets into a business of their own, I am just wondering who she knows at the Dispatch. Pretty nice of the Dispatch to give her all this free publicity. Many a business has been started due to someone being fed up with the corporate world or lay offs. Is her story really a news story?

Small business is the backbone of this country. Lots and lots of people have working their own businesses since the USA was founded.
Seriously

Grove City, OH

#9 Nov 12, 2010
JGS wrote:
One problem. She's hired two "consultants" to do the labor. Why can't she hire two employees to do the labor? Because she has found out that the government has made hiring employees to perform actual labor tasks extremely expensive and a huge liability with all the regulations and taxes one must navigate. Are these consultants truly independent contractors or are they really just more miss-classified workers? The government needs to realize they are killing real jobs with all of the regulations, because only those that skirt the laws are able to compete in many different industries.
Taxes, insurance, and liability are only part of the problem. The other problem is the requirement to keep paying wages even when there is no work to do. No work, no pay. So if she runs out of work for them she simply says "see ya!". If they were employees she'd have to lay them off which has other implications. Especially when it is costly to find and train employees.

So don't blame it all on the government. This type of arrangement is nothing new. It just makes good business sense when you are starting out.
Seriously

Grove City, OH

#10 Nov 12, 2010
Justa thought wrote:
While I applaud anyone that gets into a business of their own, I am just wondering who she knows at the Dispatch. Pretty nice of the Dispatch to give her all this free publicity. Many a business has been started due to someone being fed up with the corporate world or lay offs. Is her story really a news story?
Small business is the backbone of this country. Lots and lots of people have working their own businesses since the USA was founded.
Agreed. But this is just one of those "feel good" stories printed on a slow news day. Any business who thinks they have a heart warming story can call the Dispatch and probably get it printed.
Fast Fat Food

Southfield, MI

#11 Nov 12, 2010
Why not buy a Wendy's franchise. They are doing so well, take advantage of that!
Hmmmmmmm

Beverly, OH

#12 Nov 12, 2010
Seriously wrote:
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Agreed. But this is just one of those "feel good" stories printed on a slow news day. Any business who thinks they have a heart warming story can call the Dispatch and probably get it printed.
I have been trying to get the Dispatch to pay attention to my small business for over 20 years. They won't give me the time of day.
Tricky Advertising

Southfield, MI

#14 Nov 12, 2010
Seriously wrote:
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Agreed. But this is just one of those "feel good" stories printed on a slow news day. Any business who thinks they have a heart warming story can call the Dispatch and probably get it printed.
She is just taking advantage of free advertising. Trick are for kids!
CSD

Nashport, OH

#15 Nov 12, 2010
Look: a real American success story. No govt handouts for this person.
R U Sure

Southfield, MI

#16 Nov 12, 2010
CSD wrote:
Look: a real American success story. No govt handouts for this person.
You only assume! Is she getting a subsidy or grant from the gov?
Vickie

Scottsdale, AZ

#17 Nov 12, 2010
Very cool that after getting layed off after 33 years of dedicated service to Wendy's International, Erin ventured out on her own. Congrats Erin!!
Vickie

Scottsdale, AZ

#18 Nov 12, 2010
Fast Fat Food wrote:
Why not buy a Wendy's franchise. They are doing so well, take advantage of that!
Did you not see the other story about Wendy's/Arby's in the Dispatch...."Wendy's/Arby 's reports loss for third quarter"

Erin was smart to NOT get a Wendy's franchise!
Lifeson

Columbus, OH

#19 Nov 12, 2010
R U Sure wrote:
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You only assume! Is she getting a subsidy or grant from the gov?
Since she's a small business owner and a female, she probably got a low interest loan from the government, but there's nothing wrong with that. She is still gainfully employed and not on dole.

I say "Go girl!"
what

Southfield, MI

#20 Nov 12, 2010
She paid about $100,000 just to be a janitor? Whatever floats your boat I guess.
no paper on my porch

Auburn Hills, MI

#21 Nov 12, 2010
The dixpax should do some stories on some the people they threw under the bus after long careers in the newspaper industry. Some free pub. would be nice.
Lawsuit Charging Wal-Mart

Miami, FL

#22 Nov 14, 2010
Keiretsu Exports Jobs wrote:
Amusing. 60 minutes recently showcased the unemployed out of work for 2 years and a guy bought into a similiar franchise. He was barely breaking even.
Too many bean-counters cutting the SG & A at the urging of old english law.
http://nessaccess.com/news_201 0/lawsuit_charging_wal_mart_wi th_wrongfully_firing_medical_m arijuana_patient.html

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