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I've got the George Baily complex--should I run my father's long-running business even though I don't want to?

Do you take over a business that has had some success in its 25 years of business even though your heart isn't into it, or go totally into a business that could be a big hit in your area?

My father started a home improvement business 25 years ago that has had good years and bad years (more bad than good), built a strong name in community, but does not have a lot of workers, leads or business coming in. Some say that I could take the business to different heights, but my heart is not into the business. I'm only good at the selling part of it. I want to open my own business or franchise in my area. What do I do?
Tim Berry answered October 1, 2007
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/answer/221167
Tony,

Wow . . . a lot of emotional decisions to make, on which I am no expert. 

On the business side though, my suggestion is to run the existing company, turn it into something great and then sell it and fund your new idea.  Remember: The biggest challenge with running a family business is the question of whether senior family members let you run it as your own.
If not, then go do your own thing.

From a pure financial viewpoint, you will generally make a lot more money a lot faster over-hauling an existing average business than you will starting something from scratch.

All the Best
Brad
Tim Berry is the chairman of Eugene, Ore.-Palo Alto Software, which produces business-planning software,
He founded Bplans.com and wrote The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan, published by Entrepreneur Press. Berry is also a co-founder of HavePresence.com, a leader in a local angel-investment group and a judge of international business-plan competitions.