I agree with RoadPizza. His father and him have been in this business for a long while and he has learned the ropes by being in the pizza business for many years. His knowledge has been learned over the years.
The pizza business isnít as easy as it looks. I know a couple of owners of pizza businesses and the time they personally have to put in is more than many people would believe. I only operate a one day a week pizza business at our local farmerís market and that alone takes me the better part of 2 days a week to prepare and 1 day of actually being there for over 12 hrs. If you want the best dough you can make, that takes practice. The things many people donít think about when opening their own business whether it is the pizza business or other food related businesses is paying for your own health insurance, (unless you have a spouse that can cover you, or live in a country that has free health care), liability insurance, paying for your own life insurance, licenses, equipment breaking down, taking a safe-serve food course and test, lawyer fees, sourcing your supplies and equipment, dealing with employees, no paid sick days or paid vacation, and so much more. I read PMQ think tank and see all the problems full-time independent pizza operators do have.
I went into the pizza business blind, except I knew all the other things to expect, because I was in other food businesses before. I surely had my problems when I first tried to make pizza. If it wasnít for this forum and the help I received here, who knows what would have happened with the pizzas I now make. I had a friend that was in the pizza business helping me with my dough and sauce and still I couldnít get my dough right and work with it consistently from week to week. I knew there would be much preparation to opening a business and working for no money for awhile. I only do this part-time because I am partially retired. Many people fail in any food business even if they have the experience. With the economy the way it is now, and all the pizza chains, there are many small food businesses or pizza businesses going under.
I wish anyone good luck that decides to go into the a pizza business. It takes dedication and long days at their business. In the end, if you are really willing to work this hard, there are rewards if you are successful. I am not an expert on opening any business, by these are just my opinions.