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July 23rd, 2001, 07:08 PM
Hello! My name is Christine & I'm new
to this forum, I think this site is
great!!! My fiance and I are just
starting up a new limo biz (last week).
Neither of us have been in this
business before but have a very strong
interest. We live in a small town of
24,000 people in Southern MN there is
no direct competition, we are doing
this part time around our other jobs.
We have a second driver and will have a
back-up service to refer to.
My eager partner just picked up a 95
white stretch Lincoln 10-pak.
I, on the other hand, still have lots
of work to do! First I would like our
customers to be able to use credit
cards, how do I get set up to use them?
I also need accounting worksheets,
disclaimers, and any other needed
worksheets where can I find these? Will
I have to create them?
Can you recommend a good software
company or can I get by without it and
still be ok these days? I have NT
workstation 2000 ver 4
Who are the best aftermarket
distributers for accessories & parts?
Not being much of an alcohol drinker
what wines do you recommend?
What are the best Limo magizines?
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July 24th, 2001, 01:30 AM
Try LCTMAG.COM for one of the best limousine magazines. I just recently subscribed to them and even ordered a back issue. This website has TONS of excellent information to help you. I'll leave it up to the experts here to give you advise on the business since I am fairly new entering the business as well. I did purchase Tom Mazza's Starting a Limo Business package and found some good ideas in there. Up to you though. There are several people selling how to packages. In my area where I live, the demands are for the newer vehicles such as the 98+ lincoln body styles. Depends on your area. Good Luck!

July 24th, 2001, 01:35 PM
Christine
I can only offer answers to three of your questions, Credit card acceptability can be done and attained through your bank.
Distributors for parts well everyone is agreed either MTG or Infinite Innovations are the best around and you will find in earlier posts their respective addresses and 800 numbers, call and get their free catalogues.
Wine Oh Dear, my advice would be to steer well clear. Different States have different rules, here you need an ABC Alchohol Beveridge Commission licence because you are selling the product. Whether you give it away or charge for it you are selling it because it is or may be included in the fare or cost of the rental, directly or indirectly.
I would suggest you get a legal opinion before you go any further on this aspect of your service. There are many experts on this forum who will give you a huge amount of excellent advice, hey and its free too.
I wish you well
Dick Hall

July 24th, 2001, 02:16 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Kehn's Limousines:
First I would like our
customers to be able to use credit
cards, how do I get set up to use them?

I also need accounting worksheets,
disclaimers, and any other needed
worksheets where can I find these?

Will I have to create them?
Can you recommend a good software
company or can I get by without it and
still be ok these days? I have NT
workstation 2000 ver 4
Who are the best aftermarket
distributers for accessories & parts?
Not being much of an alcohol drinker
what wines do you recommend?
What are the best Limo magizines?
Thanks for your time and info! http://limos.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://limos.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
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Christine,

Thank you for your post -- here are some of my answers to your questions:

Seek a credit card provider through a merchant that specializes in mail-order, small business, and internet -- seeking an account thru a large bank (such as BofA, BankOne, etc.) is typically difficult for a start-up.

Do a search at GOTO.com for "merchant accounts". You will find many there that specialize in startups.

Second, a good software company is LimoWiz @ LimoWiz.com -- also LiveryCoach which has been revamped although I haven't heard much feedback on this new product. Another worth a mention is Fasttrak Livery Management which is found at fasttrak-software.com.

Personally, I would lay off on the software program until your business *needs* it -- once your business becomes established and things become complicated (busy), it would be a good idea to invest in the software.

Aftermarket parts and accessories would be MTG and Infinite Innovations -- The MTG website can be found at limodigest.com as well as other resources.

Magazines: The industry is served by primarily 2 magazines: LCT (Limousine & Chauffeured Transportation) and Limo-Digest. Both have their respective followings however I would recommend both of them. Subscriptions are about 20.00 a year.

Also, stick around here at the Forum to learn more and to determine what you think you will need to grow your business -- you may consider joining the NLA, the TLPA or another organization within your state.

And of course, don't forget to advertise on the WEB as obtaining new customers is cheaper than standard Yellow Page listings.

Michael

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July 24th, 2001, 04:58 PM
Thank you so much for your help!
I ordered Tom Mazza's start up kit
today, I can't wait to dig in and read
it! It sure is nice to have people like
you to consult with! http://limos.infopop.cc/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Thanks again!