I have the opportunity to buy a fitness gym (think like a SNAP or Anytime Fitness) Its been in its current location going on six years. It was started by another guy (who still owns the building its in) but was sold back to its corporate office after he and they butted heads on what he was allowed to do. This would be made very clear to me before I dropped a penny. I'm surprised it went this way considering the man owns a very successful chain of cellular stores. I've also been going to it as a member for the past 6 months and even work the desk one night a week (to get my free membership ) and have a very good idea how its run. Its current revenue stream is decent - but it has gone through a string of 20 something college kids who basically looked at it as a way to get a paycheck by doing nearly nothing. The guy who currently manages it started in October and found nearly $4,000 in cash and checks in the backroom because previous managers didn't know what to do with it (as an auditor I can tell you the internal controls of the company are terrible). There is a lot of opportunity to improve the gym and its image through advertising, getting involved in local events, adding wifi, getting someone in there with a geniune interest in the place to put some of its vendors (like Coke whose pos vending machine is broke three weeks a month) in its place considering how lousy their service is, etc. As I build my business model in my eyes the gym is priced basically for the equipment alone. So...anyone own a franchise? Did it make you a millionare or cause you premature baldness? For the record, I would keep my current job for the time being.