New To LJ #2: Still Browsing

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Blog entry by rsmith71 posted 01-29-2010 01:48 AM 935 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Sitting here trying to not watch the evening news (too depressing) looking at the site. Still browsing and getting lost in how much is here. Picking up way more ideas than time or my pocketbook will ever allow me to complete.
I read a post or two about being self-employed and have to admit that I want to take that plunge myself. However I don’t see it being feasible in the immediate future. The economy’s just to unstable right now to walk away from a secure job. But that won’t stop me or others from dreaming away in their shop of what might be.
I work in a residential cabinet shop. It’s both a blessing and a curse. I love what I do and get paid to do it but on the other hand after doing it all day it’s hard sometimes to go home and do it some more. Especially after a bad day. But I do, most of the time.
In the meantime, honey-dos, gifts and occasional paying projects keep my little dreams alive. On top of that I have gotten a line or two on outlets to sell my work through. I really couldn’t ask for more at the moment. Taking a year or so doing that will build a client base that should grow slowly but surely. Word of mouth has brought in several jobs so far, some even willing to pay what the work is worth. Which is really the best thing about doing it as a sideline. I don;t have to underbid what it’s worth just to get some work. If the money’s right I can justify the extra time working.
Thank you to everyone who’s commented on my projects. The positive feedback from those who can SEE the effort is invaluable.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 09:06 AM

Its those little rewards in life that people get that feel the best and are remembered forever. Hang on the the dream and stay with what makes you happy and gives you the biggest rewards in life. I have just started the adventure in the woodworking world and am loving the creativity it has brought to my life. I have done a lot of carpentry through the years but nothing as gratifying as putting the final finish on a newly shaped piece of wood. I believe if we all had whatever we wanted right now than we would never have the reward from perseverance and struggle.

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