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Old 01-11-2017, 06:19 PM
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Default Positive and negatives of owning a resort...

Hello, just looking for some honest input to all the resort/lodge/outpost owners out there of some of the positive and negatives of owning such an operation. The operations that would interest me most are the drive-to style operations. Thanks and please PM if you don't wanna post.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:33 PM
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What exactly are you looking for. We could all write for days on this subject.

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Old 01-11-2017, 07:37 PM
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Not knowing whether to charge U.S. or Canadian dollar. See posts below and think twice Also use walleye central to screen guests before you book them. lol
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:57 PM
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Pro's being your own boss.
Cons making a job out of a hobby.


I think the biggest plus would be meeting some great guys who share the same things you like.
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Old 01-12-2017, 02:21 AM
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Lot more work than most think and you'll never get to fish as much as you probably do now. I thought long and hard about buying a camp we liked, but sure glad I didn't go that route. Being self employed I have a lot of empathy for folks that own and run camps. Looks easy when you are only there for a week or two a year and in the nice weather part of the year.

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Old 01-12-2017, 03:42 AM
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I had briefly considered buying a resort as a money making "hobby" when I retire in 5-6 years. Did a search here on WC and talked to my wife and we agreed it was too much work. Plus I want to explore new places when I retire, not be locked down to one lake or area. Good luck if you do pursue it.
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Old 01-12-2017, 04:37 AM
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Without a doubt the worst part is a combination of the hours and stress. There are 1000 different things you're worried about 24 hours a day. (government, guests, boats, food, generator, income... just to name a few). There are times in the summer that my wife comes to me, grabs me by the hand and says... "go lie down". I know other resort owners who have ended up in the hospital because of lack of rest.



There are a ton of positives about it though. You make some AMAZING friends in this business. Employees, competitors and guests alike... it is fantastic. I love being able to take my kids fishing off the dock for a few minutes everyday, or to load up as a family and go catch lunch to have them help cook. It is an unbelievable way to raise children. I love being my own boss too (or at least only reporting to my wife). I wake up in the middle of one of God's greatest creations every single day during the season. There are too many times I take that for granted.
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Want a good comparison at a much smaller scale to see if you're really fit for this.......open up or buy a pizzeria and run it for a couple of years, then decide.
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Want a good comparison at a much smaller scale to see if you're really fit for this.......open up or buy a pizzeria and run it for a couple of years, then decide.
Been there, done that!
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Been there, done that!
I'll bet you spent ALL your time there..............and then sometimes not much to show for it.
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