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Old 08-02-2012, 05:44   #16
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Security's old hat in Europe... there's lotsa 'I've had enuf so I staying here on my boat' expats in the Med etc who do what is called Guardianage...
Basically they check out your boat regularly and wash her down once a week to keep the bird **** to a minimum... round 100+ euro/month...
Plus side for setting up in an established market is that already a need - then it's simply a case of how to deal with the competition.
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Plus side for setting up in an established market is that already a need - then it's simply a case of how to deal with the competition.
Breaking knees and boats is popular on the Costa's...
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:37   #18
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Breaking knees and boats is popular on the Costa's...
I never said that.

I was talking about an aggressive.........marketing campaign .


(is that a new boat in your avatar?)
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I never said that.

I was talking about an aggressive.........marketing campaign .


(is that a new boat in your avatar?)
No... thats a Carter 30 we got in the Med in the 90's after selling our Westerly Longbow to a marina walker from Andorra for 5K more than we paid... cash on the nail... and he let us live on it till we found the replacement...
Did not like the Carter as much...
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I'm an attorney and my idea would be to help people draft some basic legal paperwork. Use skype for phone conferences and PDF things to them through e-mail. The problem is there are some really well established paralegal companies that do the same thing I would be competing with. For $50k you could get a paralegal education and with 1-2 years of experience could do basic paperwork for people.

Basic divorce paperwork takes me about 30 minutes to do with no kids, 45-60 minutes with kids if I have received the right documentation, plus maybe 45 minutes answering questions on the phone with potential clients for each client I get. Most companies seem to offer $135 divorce with no kids, $165 divorce with kids. Offering a 10% price match guarantee would put you at 120 with no kids, 150 with kids. I could survive on a boat with 10 clients/month making 1,200-1,500 which would probably entail 15-20 hours of work. Would be much more comfortable doing 20, but not sure how much volume is possible....and then there's the added cost of advertising/web development/SEO the more clients you want.

Anyways...maybe a pipe dream but seems more solid to me than some other ideas I've seen and extremely portable.
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