Hi everyone… it’s been a bit since I last posted so I thought I’d take a few minutes and do some blogging…. :)
I’ve got a new shop in the back now. It is a 16’ x 40’ building with a gambrel roof. I bought it from the Amish. It came completely assembled, so when they were pulling up the street in front of my house, I thought what in the world have I gotten myself into? It is as big as a mobile home and when they tried to push it to the back yard it got stuck at the corner of the house. I had to cut down our old apple tree. I hated to do that because the neighbors always came by to pick some and we always got a lot off of it. For some reason, though, this year there were no apples at all! Anyway, we cut down the tree and he drove it back out to the street and made a run at it. It is slightly uphill and there was about a 2’ rise he had to go over. Didn’t make it. It was stuck completely, truck and all, and he was going to let it set there until the ground froze next month… talk about a white elephant in your front yard…. I went across the road to the gold course and they brought over a backhoe and pulled it in. They didn’t charge me anything. I was praying like crazy as they inched it into place. I need to insulate it and add heat. I only have a a kerosene heater out there right now so it is cold. I’ve got a job I’m working on this week and am scheduled to install it by Friday so I’ve been fairly busy. I’ve got work scheduled for the next three weeks. A couple jobs fell through, one being a small remodel that the owner didn’t want to go more than 2K. I estimated it and I couldn’t even get the materials for that. Even if I got a sizable discount, I still coun’t do it. I knew when I looked at the job I couldn’t do it for that but went ahead anyway. It was a good learning experience.
I have had a few somber days, and a couple depressing, but it soon passed. I try to focus on my new direction, and not on what I don’t have that the last job gave me. Not o much feeling that I’m going the wrong way, but a feeling of loneliness in what I’m doing. In my previous job, everyone knew, ok, he’s an engineer, so he does what an engineer does… in my new job, every job is different, so I find myself telling people a lot what I do. Which is ok, but it makes me realize that I still haven’t focused enough to say, THIS is what I do… I’m getting there.
I bought a copy of QuickBooks Pro for Contractors. I’m still waiting on my EIN number from my lawyer (won’t be back in the office until after New Year’s) so I can’t start a business bank account yet. I talked to them today and as soon as I get the number, I’ll have some accounts set up. Talked a new accountant and I’m going with him. I don’t think the last one took me seriously which irritated me a bit. I feel like sending him an email telling him why he won’t have my business but I have bigger fish to fry…
Still hanging in there and loving it. Especially the grandpa part…. :)
Happy New Year’s if I don’t blog before then!