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Multiple businesses? A viable option?

A couple of years back, I read an article on bulk vending machines.  What are they?  Well, they're the machines you put a quarter into and receive a gumball, handful of peanuts, Reese's pieces or something like that.  The article stated the money could be good and with fairly minimal investment.  
I paid to have machines placed in a couple of locations around town and thought my wife and daughter were going to be operating the vending route while learning the ups and downs of small business ownership.  Unfortunately, I was wrong in my presumption about them working the business themselves.    As a result, I became the candy man for awhile.  Working on tax returns when Brrriiinnng.  Hello?  Yes, I can come and fill the machine.
My wife and daughter redirected and I was left with an already full time business (my CPA practice) and then another where I had to lug bulk candy around town.  The machines had o.k. money in them but I didn't have the time to service them properly.  So, in storage they sit while I wait for my younger child to show an interest in having her own business.  I have high hopes.
Do I think that it's possible to have multiple businesses. Yes, but I think it works best when the businesses are complementary.  What do I mean by complementary?  Well, a tailor shop who rents out tuxedos.  A movie theater which sells food.  You get the idea.
I am a CPA in San Antonio and provide bookkeeping, payroll, taxes and more (sometimes candy).  We offer a free initial visit and look forward to serving your business needs.

Richard J. Garcia | 08/17/2010