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This Biker Ditched a Blah Job for the Perfect Franchise

Sometimes all you can change is where you work.

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This story appears in the December 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Bikes are Francesca DeRanzo’s world. For 10 years, she worked at bike shops or companies, including a brief but happy stint as an East Coast sales rep for the high-end bike manufacturer Specialized. In that time she also cycled across the U.S., exploring thousands of miles of trails and country roads. But then she tried separating her work from her passion, selling traffic signs for a Wichita-based company. It didn’t go well: She was miserable, and her coworkers didn’t get her obsession with two wheels. “I thought about how we spend most of our time working and sleeping, and the only thing we can change is where we work,” DeRanzo says.

Chris DeLorenzo
Francesca DeRanzo can fix a bike anywhere with her mobile shop.

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