Whats going on in a selfemployed guys life that spends most of the day eather working in the shop or for the shop, I couln’t tell you how many people ask how to get started in their own business, what is it that everyone has a misconception of being selfemployed, It is NOT a 9:00 to 5:00 job. Everyone that asked me about it, I just ask them if they would follow around for a week or more they might change their mind about it. A few years ago I had a young guy asking to see my portfolo. and his emiditly wanted to hire me, Because of my experence and knoledge, But first I wanted to find out his background and finincal situation.
I asked first if his wife was behind him with the plan of him going into business, 2nd, How old his children are.
His asked what age is children have to do with a business, I then told him if he worked the hours that I do at the peak time of his season that in three years or so , the children wouldn’t know how he was, He replied that he didn’t plan on working more than 8 hours a day, I said, You will never make it in business on your own if that is all you think you would have to work a day, Being in Business you live ,eat and breath your work.I do enjoy what every momint and the long hours are rewording at the end of most projects. I see it mostly when a customer find that what they brought to me was so easy to fix. A Business dose not have to be woodwork related eather. My business has worked out very well, Building the up for just a hobbie and after 2000 and 9/11 when the job market went down hill , I was allready doing things for people and after time it fell into a full time gige. For the past 10 months I have had a back log of customers waiting for their number to be called. And another good thing about it all , I work at home and that works great for my Aunt.
I’m now her care taker. I thank GOD that he has blessed me with the talent I’v aquired over the years and am able to put it to good use, for people in need .
-- Doug, Michigan, http://www.furniturebydouglas.com