You’d have to lease a storefront or an office, buy inventory, hire people. You’d probably have to take out a business loan for tens of thousands of dollars.
My dad ran a grocery store or as we called them in New York, a “Bodega” for 35 years. What a nightmare. I’m no stranger to brick and mortar businesses and the costs they involve. Plus there is NO guarantees with that sort of a business.. You are risking it ALL, your money, your time, your life and possibly getting in debt forever! Maybe even more than tens of thousands.
Even if you try to open a more “solid” business like a franchise type of store… Perhaps a “Subway” restaurant shop (let's not even say an expensive one like McDonald’s), you’d have to dish out $15,000 right up front and the initial investment would cost you between $80,000 and $240,000 to start a business that MAY or may not work. Plus you’d need to have immaculate credit. I don’t know about you but that’s a rare commodity for Americans these days.
What if you went the other route I tried, you know, the whole “go to college and get a good job” ideology. Yeah right! I’ve been there done that too, got the degree and a nice cozy spot on the unemployment line after a $280,000.00 combined tuition between college and grad school.
Not to mention the 6 YEARS of eating Ramen noodles it took me to get to that unemployment line. But hey, I’ve got some really cool looking certifications in the closet somewhere.