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Old Jan 6th 2008, 2:49 pm
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Originally Posted by lee8
I thought the donkey sanctuary was a bonkers plan, but he`s charity funded so can take the hits.

A petting farm was one done in the South, he came from a finance background, bought some land, piled cash into building a petting zoo, cafe and sleeping accomodation.

He didn`t realise there was a zoo 3 Kms away, with exotic animals from around the world, that gave free entry.

He failed in getting planning consent for the rest of the buildings and now has a huge headache, some rabbits, chickens and a caravan
You`ve been watching and believing tv shows again. ;-))
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Originally Posted by lee8
I thought the donkey sanctuary was a bonkers plan, but he`s charity funded so can take the hits.

A petting farm was one done in the South, he came from a finance background, bought some land, piled cash into building a petting zoo, cafe and sleeping accomodation.

He didn`t realise there was a zoo 3 Kms away, with exotic animals from around the world, that gave free entry.

He failed in getting planning consent for the rest of the buildings and now has a huge headache, some rabbits, chickens and a caravan
yes, saw that on Living in The Sun on BBC,app fella done exstensive research for 2yrs,and concluded that there was no competition nearby,according to relies,that zoo nearby has been there about 200yrs
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 2:55 pm
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Originally Posted by jdr
You`ve been watching and believing tv shows again. ;-))
Watching ofcourse, i now know not to make his mistakes.

Do you believe that show to be faked then.
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 2:56 pm
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Originally Posted by lcortez
yes, saw that on Living in The Sun on BBC,app fella done exstensive research for 2yrs,and concluded that there was no competition nearby,according to relies,that zoo nearby has been there about 200yrs

I wounder how many members here have been on that show.
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Very def a case of failing to prepare,is preparing to fail
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 2:59 pm
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Anybody here support Jock and the Garage.
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 3:00 pm
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Saw another one where a couple wanted to make houses out of polyestiren(spelling???)blocks,with no building exp AT ALL!!!!!
Only got one order for a garage (from son)
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Originally Posted by lee8
Anybody here support Jock and the Garage.
Think he's brilliant
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 3:09 pm
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Originally Posted by lee8
Watching ofcourse, i now know not to make his mistakes.

Do you believe that show to be faked then.
As Icortez said.
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 3:12 pm
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So jdr have you been to the Garage yet.
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 3:42 pm
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The other problem is that people start businesses with the wrong mindset!

Besides in many cases not having the skills, ability, experience, or vocational track record in their chosen venture, they seem to assume that every Brit within a radius of 50 miles is duty bound to support their business come what may.

Just because we share a mutual language and a British passport doesn't mean we're all joined at the hip. So if you can't do what you say you can do, be aware that you will be exposed......and there's no safety net to fall back on!
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 3:54 pm
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One problem I found in the South is trying to market yourself beyond word of mouth.

In the malaga area there are several Brit newspapers and free books to advertise in, but many are simply dumped in the darkest corner of Spanish Newspaper shops or in brit shops spread out in the Campo.

Leaflet drops are a waste as the Urbs are either abandoned most of the year and locked with only key access, the finca`s are so spread out it`ll take all day just to get to 100.

Estate Agents usual know several people all ready.

The only way really is to work for several years hoping that the community will spread the word.

Even yellow pages arn`t any good as nobody really uses them.In the UK there are about 8 pages in my profession, in Malaga there are only 5 businesses, and there are more than 5 Refrigeration Engineers in one poly in Malaga city.

Advertising I found to be the most frustrating.

And the fact there`s no A-Z type maps and the Sat Nav only work 60% of the time.
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 4:11 pm
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Originally Posted by lee8
So jdr have you been to the Garage yet.
No, he doesn`t speak Spanish. ;-))
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by jdr
No, he doesn`t speak Spanish. ;-))
He does, not as well as you`d think for somebody 18 yrs in Spain, but he can manage to argue in the ITV quite well.
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Old Jan 6th 2008, 4:15 pm
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I agree word of mouth is the only way to get ahead over here. We have been here for 3 1/2 years now and a lot of time, money, patience and freebies to potential customers has helped us to build up a successful business. We now only really take on customers through word of mouth. We don´t speak fluent Spanish but we more than `get-by´and our customer base is mainly english. We have had to sll 2 properties in order to provide us with enough time/money to stay here in Spain. We have worked very very hard to get where we are and we are looking forward to the next few years being successful and happy here in Spain.
 

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