It’s been a while since I jotted down my thoughts and some things have changed a bit since my last post. During the past month, I’ve been very busy with remodeling jobs, but more and more, I’ve been getting more cabinet work which is exactly what I had hoped for. I just finished up and installed (with my son-in-law’s help) a large entertainment center. That has led to another entertainment center and some stained glass work. I’ve also been working on getting some parts machined for some very expensive kitchen chairs that a customer wants repaired. Another job came up last week for a basement finish job (wainscot, trim) for later in the spring. In the meantime, something came up and I needed to make a decision. Another lumberjock, Todd Klippinger, gave me some sage advice on what I should do. Fortunately, what he told me was right in line with the direction I was going in, but he added some good points . Anyone needing good, solid business advice – - check out Todd’s postings.
What happened was I recieved calls from three different contract employers who are bidding on work at the plant where I got cut. They asked if they could include my resume in a bid package. After some thought I agreed. It will be a 9 month contract but it may turn into a long-term contract with all of the work that is expected there. The main reason is not because of the business, but the fact that I need insurance for my wife who has diabetes. Right now I’m not making enough to cover my normal expenses and insurance coverage. I have coverage through May and then was going to go on Cobra for myself. What really twisted my arm was what the various companies offered me. I elected to go with a local company, and they are all good friends of mine. I will continue the business, but as a side-line for now. One benfit in going with the company I chose is that my time will have some flexibility, depending on the work load, so I can still be free in the days at various times if I need to be. That was the clincher for me. I didn’t want to stop the business (no way), but since the business is moving more towards cabinetry, I will be able to focus more on shop work and a little less on field remodeling work. I will return to my first love, Greene & Greene, Arts & Crafts, lamps and furniture. Todd had a good suggestion about not putting anything on my website until I can support it production-wise. Going back to work will help me to continue to outfit my shop in the manner I need for this type of work.
So that’s it in a nutshell. I feel even stronger about the business, but I do have a slight worry that the work load may outpace the work load of going back to engineering. I thought about tapering off on advertising, but I will continue that and see where this boat in the stream takes me.