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Try Before You Buy

It is possible to test-drive your dream business.

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This story appears in the February 2005 issue of Start Up.

Rob Blood, 29, and his wife, Leigh, 27, were dissatisfied with the demands of their boarding school teaching jobs. They had long dreamed of opening a bed and breakfast, so when they spotted an ad looking for a couple to oversee two inns in Nantucket, Massachusetts, they quickly dashed off a letter in response. Soon, they were hired--and realized that their dream was far different from reality.

"The physical work was a big adjustment," says Rob. "There was a lot of lifting, making beds, cleaning toilets. Doing that kind of work repetitively until you get in shape for it is difficult."

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