Insurance, that's the main reason I work for the other guy.
Consider me another pee-on who works for the man.
Medical, when I'm done working I'm done working (well, most times) it's not a 24/7 job for me. I could go on and on.
I also love fixing machines, and hate dealing with people and paperwork.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad guys start their own gig so saps like us can slave away and make them right, just takes a certain kinda guy to want to even attempt all of that headache.
"If you call that hard work, a koala’s life would look heroic."
Think long and hard
I retired from the military at age 37, took 5 years off and went fishing, got bored and went to work for a company as an installer. Enjoyed it alot-I could because I was single except for my dog (my fishin buddy) and had retirement and investment income. They stated me at $8 per hour--within a year I was in charge of one of the two install teams making 10 bucks an hour. Worked for them for 5 years, mostly residential and commercial geothermal. Then I met a woman online, relocated to be near her. Attended the local community college and used my GI education benefits and obtained a 2 year degree in Climate control technologies and 2 year degree in gen business. Upon graduation I started my own company, my intentions were to do work that I wanted-when I wanted ( had to get my fishin in) but soon found out that the overhead I was carrying pushed me to work more than I wanted. Either quit or go full bore! Even with my retirement, investments and medical care from the VA it is difficult. To help during these trying times I have started installing windows, doors, insulation and doing weatherization/ energy audits for the local utility company. I really enjoy the work but hate the people aspect of the business end. Up until the recession/depression I was seeing a return on my investment, now I am starting to loose ground and this current health care issue has me hesitating to hire anyone full time. The woman I moved to be near wants me to sale my boat--she sees it as a another woman, my dog dont like her! Thats what you get for betraying your best friends trust! Should have taken her dislike for the woman as a sign. Now I find myself wondering everyday if I should just sale out, take the lost, find a job with a local company, dump the woman or move to Alaska with my dog and go fishing. I am the type guy that could live in Alaska with my nearest neighbor being 50 miles away and thinking damn the neighborhood is gettin crowded. In my mind running your own business sounds alot better than working for someone else but you have to make it your life!
Learn the process not the procedure--the process will dictate the procedure-If ya understand how it works ya knows how to fix it!
Last edited by Joe Cool; 08-08-2009 at 03:09 AM.
Reason: duplicate post
Maybe that is one of the many reasons why companies are reluctant to hire newbies. Although it might take a few years to get some experience, they probably expect some of them to try to make it on their own. Now all of a sudden they have more cut throat competition. On the other hand if they were to find a tech that has been doing this job for 10 years they would probably be confident that he would stick around. That is if the pay were right.
Originally Posted by Starflite3
Reminds me of the line "You can't help yourself, because your self sucks!".
Originally Posted by Fuji
Originally Posted by old_fart
Dump the woman.
Buy a new motor for the boat.
Take the boat, the new motor, your dog, and Move.
Nah man i m sorry , thats just something no parent ever wants to think about. I told my kids im going first and leaving them with lots of bills
Originally Posted by JohnnyB60
You sure are cocky for a starving pilgrim.