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"I have a friend who’s worked for a company for 30 years and just got a layoff notice," he says. "I’m doing this as a safety net and as a financial security blanket."
Ryan works on the business before and after his regular job. He’s in the store on weekends. During the week, it’s staffed by two part-time workers.
Owning a company for the first time has a learning curve. Ryan is dealing with payroll, insurance and other aspects of running a business. The process of opening the store required a lot of paperwork.
"I bet I’ve gone through 300 pieces of paper just setting things up," he says.
But the work that goes into running his own business is worth it, he says.
"I’ve got that fire in me," Ryan says. "This is something I always wanted to do."
Joyce Rosenberg covers small business for The Associated Press.
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