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If someone gave you a million

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Hopefulworker Sat 30-May-20 19:35:21

If someone gave you a million pounds to start a business, what business would you start?

Riffing off the interview question thread, I’ve been asked this and thought it was an interesting one as it shows a little about someone’s true passions/hobbies

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raspberryk Sat 30-May-20 19:37:14

Something to do with dogs, horses, or houses.

MrsL2016 Sat 30-May-20 19:37:40

Me and my friend talk about opening a bar/cafe/bookstore/reading room type place if we had the funds.

Kpo58 Sat 30-May-20 19:38:30

A shop that did normal price (aka not £100+) shoes for people with large feet (size 9+) for everyday wear.

DuckALaurent Sat 30-May-20 19:39:26

I’d buy houses, do them up and sell them on.
A million quid would let me do it without dealing with banks and mortgages to get going. I hate dealing with banks and mortgages.

Burnout101 Sat 30-May-20 19:40:32

I'd buy a smallholding that I could do a bit of gardening on, have a small campsite and lots of rescue dogs, wouldn't make a lot of profit but it would pay my way then.

Either that or flipping houses, buying run down houses and doing them up to sell.

lojoko Sat 30-May-20 19:44:47

I'd buy an old church I know of and set it up as a walking holiday retreat type place with events on in the hall - lectures, gigs, workshops and organised walks around the hills. I'd make it opt in activities, with some glamping in the grounds as well as proper rooms in the bell tower.

It's a very good position - right by a train station and near both a very popular venue, very beautiful countryside, sports venues, and a bijou shopping district. And only £150,000 for the building and grounds.

But I don't have the money so it will fall down. Ah well!

TheThingWithFeathers Sat 30-May-20 19:50:17

I would buy a property in the country with some outbuildings where I could start up my dream businesses: a wee shop selling bread, chocolate and chocolatey baked goods, and a ceramics studio/shop.

karigan Sat 30-May-20 19:55:38

I'd buy one of the old warehouse/factory buildings in my local city, renovate them and then run an escape room business out of them.

Luaa Sat 30-May-20 19:59:25

To be honest, I don't think I'd want to set up my own business. It's not a question I could easily answer, if I had to do it it would take a lot of thought first.

MamaGee09 Sat 30-May-20 20:00:31

I’d open my own cat rescue centre or a cattery.

intheningnangnong Sat 30-May-20 20:04:14

Would I have to open a business? I’d invest it and live off the growth and income grin

Cherrysoup Sat 30-May-20 20:06:47

Rural house with land, I’d have a small livery yard and some self catering yurts/holiday cottage/caravans/tent pitches in the grounds.

SpeedofaSloth Sat 30-May-20 20:07:46

A coffee shop with space for sewing classes, and space for a little haberdashery.

Shesellsseashellsontheseashore Sat 30-May-20 20:09:17

I would buy a house with large outbuildings so that we could move our business from rented premises.

Wecandothis99 Sat 30-May-20 20:10:41

Def a restaurant

Hopefulworker Sat 30-May-20 20:14:21

@MamaGee09 same 🤣 🐱

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Ylvamoon Sat 30-May-20 20:14:45

I'd buy a B&B wit land and clamping huts in snowdonia or the highlands... I'd have some more dogs like Mastiffs and would start breeding them... (or have a similar set up in the Alps!)

YeahWhatevver Sat 30-May-20 20:19:09

I have this hankering to start a space filled with tools/equipment/materials (think woodworking, metalworking, electronics, pottery wheels etc) and people pay a monthly subscription to come along, use the equipment and make stuff.

Kind of a craft/hobby space where people can access the kind of equipment that you'd unlikely be able to buy as a private individual and make all sorts of things and participate in a community of like minded people.

Bluetrews25 Sat 30-May-20 20:22:32

Doggy daycare and hotel for large breeds.

ViciousJackdaw Sat 30-May-20 20:26:16

I'd buy a car park, that would pretty much run itself then I'd get a breakers yard, having recently worked out that my 18 yo car is worth an absolute fortune in parts.

OkMaybeNot Sat 30-May-20 20:27:56

I'd open a bakery.

mylittlesandwich Sat 30-May-20 20:32:10

My husband is a chef so I'd open a cafe that runs a bistro a few nights a month. That way he can do what he loves but also get time at home with his family. The best of both worlds. I am not a chef so I'd do the boring bits.

Zaphodsotherhead Sat 30-May-20 20:34:42

I'd give up my day job and write books full time.

I'd also buy a big house on the moors to run as a writers' retreat and run guided writing courses, fully catered.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Sat 30-May-20 20:35:14

Similar to @SpeedofaSloth - I would have a book shop, with an extensive craft books section, and next door, a yarn shop, then upstairs from them both, a coffee shop, where people can sit and knit or crochet.

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