When Eldon Holliday sold his automotive repair business in 2007, he didn't need to rush to find another job. "I was able to cash out on top so my wife and I traveled for about six months," he says. "After that, she told me I had to get out of the house and get a job."
A friend in another state did home property inspections, and after a few conversations Holliday, 57, thought it was a business he might be interested in. "I have a certain mechanical aptitude, and I don't mind talking to people," he said. What he didn't have was knowledge of the industry, so he began looking at franchise models. National Property Inspections, he said, came out "head and shoulders" above any other company.