Reprinted from South Florida Business Journal – Peggy Nordeen
In his “retirement,” serial entrepreneur Gary Goranson – who made the cover of Money magazine as the fastest-growing franchise in the U.S., with over 2,400 franchisees of a paint sealing and detailing business – decided to start a small e-commerce website business.
A prolific writer who had also spent a decade of his career working with franchisees in the home cleaning business, Gary composed a CD learning series on how to start, market and operate a housecleaning company, and sold the series on his website, HouseCleaningBiz101.com.
A great little part-time business, Gary spends his days talking to would-be home cleaning entrepreneurs or those who want to make their businesses better, and selling the series. Most of his customers find him by searching for information online or from an affiliate program that he established over the years. All went well for several years, until this April, when his website sales dropped 90 percent overnight and never recovered.