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Write The Wrongs

The story of how one Entrepreneur columnist crashed and burned when he bought a franchise.

This story appears in the January 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Tears running freely, my head fell into my hands. The gray February day was fitting for the moment as Kathy (my partner, investor and significant other) and I, after three weeks of spirited lament and seven months of struggle, agreed to swing the axe across the neck of Auto Exam, our franchised .

The doors were closing for good. My and ego were suffering, and my desire to continue the struggle was strong, but Quickbooks told me a sad story: For the next year, things were only going to get worse. Just before dusk, I called Ricky, our only employee, and gave him the proverbial apologetic handshake-effective two weeks later.

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