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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 04-10-2012 11:33 PM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ordered some business cards today advertising my business. I know it will hard in this economy, but you just have to start somewhere.
Wish me luck.

I ordered 500 cards printed front and back. 3 tee-shirts, some fridge magnets, and a stamp so I could stamp the chairs with my name and phone number.

I’ve removed the phone number for posting.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 04-10-2012 11:47 PM

This is awesome I hope it works out for you!!

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 11:48 PM

Hey, good luck Russel.
Keep us updated.
Just curious, but what is your current situation re. employed? laid off?


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 11:55 PM

Bagtown- I was laid off in Dec of 2009, I was an IT professional. I hope to find a way to make my own way from now on. My wife works for the Dept of Homeland Security as a file clerk of sorts, so we have our insurance coverage.
Shortly after I was laid off, my mother, who suffered from Alzheimer needed to be put in a locked nursing home. It took me about 7 months to get all of the work done which entailed reworking of their trust and moving my then 94 year old father to our house, fixing and selling his house. At the same time my daughter and step son came to live with us and that necessitated my building two bedrooms and a bathroom in my basement.
I used to be self employed 20 years ago, so I’m trying to get back into that. I was a technician working on appliances and refrigeration.
I just think that going back into corporate life would eventually kill me. I’m an honest person to a fault, and the corporate world drives me crazy.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#4 posted 04-11-2012 12:02 AM


You sound like me.
I was laid off last September, been looking for work, but not sure I want to go back to that world. (I was managing a CNC machine shop)
I have unemployment benefits till sometime this summer and then? I don’t know.
My wife and I own a cafe that she manages.
I seem to be having problems pulling the trigger and just going for it.
I have a few years carpentry experience and people like my work, but I seem to have a problem coming up with a price for a job when it’s for a friend.
Too nice for my own good I guess.
I also have been experimenting with concrete countertops, etc.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#5 posted 04-11-2012 12:48 AM

Hey Russ
Great looking card and super advertising campaign
Good luck on your chair business I hope it’s a booming success.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 04-11-2012 01:04 AM

I’m wishing you success in your new business. Good luck.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

#7 posted 04-11-2012 02:09 AM

Good luck with everything.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#8 posted 04-11-2012 02:09 AM

Hi Russ, good luck, I wish you lived closer my company is looking for IT people.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 04-11-2012 02:09 AM

Russ, I wish you the best…..I hope those overtaxed residents in Lee’s Summit have money left to spend on a adarondack chair and get some genuine relaxation out of the deal. Good Luck

-- WoodyG

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#10 posted 04-11-2012 11:13 AM

You have my best wishes for a successful business as well! Quality materials and craftsmanship always outsells low price and brings in more profit. It’s easier to lower production costs than it is to raise prices. The last job I had was working for Earthlink. They closed the division I was working in back in 2001. So, I went sailing for about 10 years… Then I started woodworking… I was looking for something I could work at for no more than two days a week and go sailing the other 5. That estimate was so out of whack! Now I’m so busy I am considering running the sawmill anytime the weather is nice and carving gunstocks at night to get caught up.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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