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Old 06-21-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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Who has created their own job or own their own business?

I am feeling like I am in a rut. I need a change, a career change, I need adventure, I wouldnt mind moving!

I dont really want to work for "the man" anymore. In my adult life I have only had two jobs, the Air Force and now Im a civillian working on an AF base...

I have been doing a lot of brainstorming lately and I have several ideas for things I would like to do but I would also like to hear from other people on this topic.


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I have owned my own construction company for 14 years
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:45 AM   #3
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Did you work in construction before that?
What made you want to get into that business?
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I have owned my own construction company for 14 years
Hats off to you and the others who started their own companies. I have a lot of respect for you guys and wish I had the guts to do it.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:46 AM   #5
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I'm very interested in this. I have been thinking about starting up my own business as well.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:48 AM   #6
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Subbed, interested to hear everyones experiences. My dad started a computer support business, worked out of his home in his "free" time for about 10 years, went full time and opened a storefront about 3 years ago. Not much profit margin when dealing with the public... Myself, I would enjoy getting involved in commercial computer consulting at some point.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:48 AM   #7
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My parents used to own a few restaurants in upstate New York. They did pretty well fro themselves but I have never followed suit. I was thinking about starting a business one day but for now im happy where Im at. Hats off to you folks who do start your own business!
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:48 AM   #8
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Did you work in construction before that?
What made you want to get into that business?
Yes , I've been in construction my whole life , including the unpaid , slave labour teenage years working for my carpenter dad , lol
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:48 AM   #9
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I started my business from the ground up from just a hobby. Starting a business is easy it's keeping it alive that's the real work. If you have no idea what you want to do I would think long and hard before going off on your own.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:49 AM   #10
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I'm very interested in this. I have been thinking about starting up my own business as well.

Check out this site. This guy makes a lot of sense to me and has sparked a fire in my mind. The linked article is good but he has several other good ones as well.

http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2011/03...red-yesterday/
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:51 AM   #11
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I started my business from the ground up from just a hobby. Starting a business is easy it's keeping it alive that's the real work. If you have no idea what you want to do I would think long and hard before going off on your own.
Very true words
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:54 AM   #12
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Yes , I've been in construction my whole life , including the unpaid , slave labour teenage years working for my carpenter dad , lol
Gotcha, so growing up around it is what influenced you then. I've seen your work and it looks great

My dad has always been a welder and did side jobs all his life making deer feeders and odd jobs here and there. He started his own Custom gate and fence business several years ago and has been doing very well at it.

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I started my business from the ground up from just a hobby. Starting a business is easy it's keeping it alive that's the real work. If you have no idea what you want to do I would think long and hard before going off on your own.
I hear ya. From the reading ive been doing it seems like you always have to expand and offer new products or services to keep above water. Innovation. It takes a lot of guts to take the first step
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:02 AM   #13
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Check out this site. This guy makes a lot of sense to me and has sparked a fire in my mind. The linked article is good but he has several other good ones as well.

http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2011/03...red-yesterday/
That was a very good read, thank you for posting that. He gives a lot of good ideas, what I took away from that was basically don't dwell on the past or get caught up in the "what if's". Today is the day you're living in and right now is the only time you have access to, so make the most of it.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:04 AM   #14
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I hear ya. From the reading ive been doing it seems like you always have to expand and offer new products or services to keep above water. Innovation. It takes a lot of guts to take the first step
Yes it does I quit a very high salary "BORNING" job with a Federal government to do what I do. My family thought I was crazy my wife was on board so I went for it and never looked back. And I'm glad I did I have now more then doubled that annual salary and I love every minute of it.

If you ever have the chance to do something you love you will never work another day in your life. Make a good living doing it and it's just that much better.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:04 AM   #15
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Gotcha, so growing up around it is what influenced you then. I've seen your work and it looks great
Thanks

Yes , basically it is one of those things where you end up getting some skill just by way of being around that particular environment , and then it becomes the skill set you can rely on to get you summer jobs , then employment after high school , then next thing you know you've been doing it all your life , haha

Not sure if it's a benefit or a curse

I've been a carpenter as my full time job for 25 years this year

Not sure if my experience is that helpful to you , but the most rewarding and the most stressful portion of that 25 years has definitely been the time that I have been the business owner / banker / crew psycologist and marriage councellor / babysitter
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Whatever you decide to do-Be sure you ENJOY IT.
Self-employed people WORK HARDER-but the rewards can be great.
Don't forget the TAX MAN.
Life is GOOD!
An 8hr day is much easier than a 24 hr a day job(business owner).
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Whatever you decide to do-Be sure you ENJOY IT.
Self-employed people WORK HARDER-but the rewards can be great.
Don't forget the TAX MAN.
Life is GOOD!
An 8hr day is much easier than a 24 hr a day job(business owner).
So true I can't remember the last time I didn't work at least 12 to 15 hours in a day. 10+ in the shop and another 3 to 5 at home updating paperwork.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:21 AM   #18
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Thanks

Yes , basically it is one of those things where you end up getting some skill just by way of being around that particular environment , and then it becomes the skill set you can rely on to get you summer jobs , then employment after high school , then next thing you know you've been doing it all your life , haha

Not sure if it's a benefit or a curse

I've been a carpenter as my full time job for 25 years this year

Not sure if my experience is that helpful to you , but the most rewarding and the most stressful portion of that 25 years has definitely been the time that I have been the business owner / banker / crew psycologist and marriage councellor / babysitter
Thanks for sharing with me, OZ. I like to hear what people have to say. If you like what you are doing then I would not say that its been a "curse". You get to build awesome houses and live in an amazing part of the world.

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So true I can't remember the last time I didn't work at least 12 to 15 hours in a day. 10+ in the shop and another 3 to 5 at home updating paperwork.
Sounds like my dad. Works all day, then "after" work he has to meet with possible clients and do paperwork.

He has mentioned buying a larger shop and adding a powdercoating shop to it and I told him that I would love to partner with him and run the powdercoating/painting side of the business and take of any marketing and advertising. I just dont know if I want to get tied down to something like that in this town.
Maybe I could do it for a while, build the business up then sell my half
I just dont know, Im a noob to all this
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I hear ya.....
I've been working the same company for 19 years.... in a factory, shift work, and weekends. I've been at the top of my game for so many years. The company has changed dramatically... we're just 'a number'. They keep squeezing everything out of you... No more pensions, no more 401K match, and the health insurance keeps getting more expensive every year. Thank God I have 18 years of pension built up.... What's the point of making a career at a company that doesn't offer pensions? Is that the wave of the future with employers?

But anyway - It's time to GTFO.

I'm 45....and have no frigin idea what to do and scared to death to start over. Sure - I could be that schmuck that works in the mall (lame) - but damn, I think I'm worth more than that?

My husband always says, you should start your own business.

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Right.... doing what??????????
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I hear ya.....
I've been working the same company for 19 years.... in a factory, shift work, and weekends. I've been at the top of my game for so many years. The company has changed dramatically... we're just 'a number'. They keep squeezing everything out of you... No more pensions, no more 401K match, and the health insurance keeps getting more expensive every year. Thank God I have 18 years of pension built up.... What's the point of making a career at a company that doesn't offer pensions? Is that the wave of the future with employers?

But anyway - It's time to GTFO.

I'm 45....and have no frigin idea what to do and scared to death to start over. Sure - I could be that schmuck that works in the mall (lame) - but damn, I think I'm worth more than that?

My husband always says, you should start your own business.

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Right.... doing what??????????
each time our company contract renews more and more spots get cut. Its at a point now where we are pretty much understaffed. any time someone takes vacation 2 other people have to shuffle around to fill in the gaps. between 4 people there is about 6 months of vacation that will need to be taken. That means myself and another guy will have to fill in those spots.
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