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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 59 IDEA: Share Space with a Compatible Business

Another great option is to share space with another small business. I once met two happy bakers who shared a commercial kitchen in Orange County, California. The gourmet brownie baker and his friend, a cheesecake baker, worked around the clock. The brownie guy baked during the day; the cheesecake guy worked nights. They split the expenses and kept the ovens hot around the clock.

In downtown Hanover, New Hampshire, Shackleton Thomas, an upscale furniture maker and a high-end pottery company, share space with Khawachen, a Tibetan rug and gift store. The three entrepreneurs began sharing space in an old mill building in Bridgewater, Vermont.

Charles Shackleton, the custom furniture maker and ...

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