March 7, 2008
In the early part of the decade, 13-year Sprint Corp. employee Joe Runyan knew the company was planning layoffs.
He volunteered for a severance package in 2002 and opened his first Hangers Cleaners licensed store in 2004.
"Knowing it's a business that works, that there's actually a demand for this product or service at least in other cities, gives you a pretty good feeling there's going to be demand in Kansas City," Runyan said.
A slowing economy -- and looming job instability -- can provide the final push for employees to explore becoming employers. Franchising or licensing become appealing vehicles for those who have an entrepreneurial spirit but lack a new business idea or the grit to risk investing in a startup.
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This item, which first appeared in the Kansas City Business Journal (www.kansascity.bizjournals.com), was written by Suzanna Stagemeyer, who is a staff writer.