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Quick Turnaround

The fine print, `toon in

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This story appears in the November 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

When searching for a franchise, most people are interested only in how successful the business is and how much money they'll make. When presented with a sinking ship, they either jump overboard or just pass it by. Except for Steve Jecha.

In 1994, with little net worth and no experience in the printing industry, Jecha left the world of insurance to become an Insty-Prints franchisee. The executives at the printing franchise made him an offer he couldn't refuse--no money down and financing over seven years. The catch? He had to turn around a St. Paul, Minnesota, franchise that was going out of business.

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