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Lost in woodworking #1: A self employed woodworker

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Blog entry by Doug Scott posted 09-11-2011 10:28 PM 2016 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I got say that it isn’t all what a person would think self employment is cracked up to be.But now is not a very good time ether. Let me explain what I mean or have experienced. for one thing no one ahead of you can tell you how many hours you might put in ,and then how much you might make an hour, don’t keep track, It might scare you. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy what I do, but not always is the money coming in fast enough to keep up with all the bills and expenses. Over the past few years I have had some people ask about going into business for themselves, and now isn’t a good time , I was well established for years before the economy took a down turn. I was told that one should have a 6 month cousin saved before starting in business, That is very tough to do. Well for the past two month I averaged 14 to 16 hours in the shop,just getting ready for a sale of some furniture that was repaired and customers didn’t come back to pick it up. It didn’t go as good as thought
but I did land some work. So it has had some positive out look , Now maybe I’ll do one in the spring.
that come to me.
BE THANKFUL FOR ALL WHAT WE HAVE OR HAVEN’T WENT THROUGH. AND THE GOOD WE HAVE IN LIFE !

SO, ON THIS DAY OF MORNING FOR THE ONES THAT LOST LOVE ONES , THE REST OF US SHOULD

THANK YOU, for taking the time to read this commit.

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI



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#1 posted 09-14-2011 02:22 AM

Mate, I can sympathise with you.

I’ve been SE for about 6 years doing architectural illustration work and it’s always been feast or famine. With the economy as it is, work is pretty hard to find but we manage to keep our heads above water thanks to good fortune and some understanding parents.

I’ve been training to do Japanese joinery with a bloke not far from me and finding Sensei was a lucky break. I managed to get a job to do some shoji screens and I’m almost finished with it. It’s taken far longer than I anticipated and I think I’ll just about break even on it.

I look at it as a paid learning experience and hopefully some work may come from it. I know for certain that I’ll keep the hours I’ve spent in mind on the next quote.

Wishing you hope, health and happiness for the rest of the year.

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