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First day of self employment
« on: April 05, 2021, 08:42:56 PM »
Friday was my last day at Katerra, it was a bittersweet ending. I left on good terms and was told that I will always have a job to come back to. They even threw a small going away party for me. Now itís time to sink or swim, I have enough work to keep me busy for the next 2 months and the phone is still ringing. Today I milled some black walnut slabs for a guy who saw me milling for his Nieghbor last fall. He was going to burn his logs for firewood because he didnít think they were any good. After he saw what was inside, he had a change of heart.



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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2021, 09:07:51 PM »
Good luck to ya!!  I hope it all goes well and the phone will keep ringing for jobs.
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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2021, 09:09:33 PM »
Awesome congrats!! Couldnít imagine that feeling being your own boss good for you!

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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2021, 06:26:25 AM »
Best of luck! It's always good to have a fallback position. 8)
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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2021, 07:15:13 AM »
You will do well.
You have the work ethics needed.
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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2021, 08:19:19 AM »
Good for you.  There will be lots of up and downs, but just keep your standards high and be fair, and in this day and age, that's so unusual for a business, you will do very well.  

  
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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2021, 08:32:18 AM »
Congratulations and I wish you the very best with your "new" venture.  8)
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2021, 09:15:11 AM »
Congratulations!  One thing I can tell you from being self-employed for the past 25 years is you can still have a jerk for a boss; he'll make you work longer hours than you ever did at your job, it may be years before he lets you take a vacation!  That said, knowing that you control what you do is certainly rewarding...and sometimes daunting.  
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2021, 10:58:01 AM »
Congratulations!  I was complaining the other day about the ďso and soĒ I have for a boss.  Then it dawned on me, I work for myself.    :o >:( :D
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2021, 01:32:23 PM »
Congratulations on this new chapter, and yes , sometimes the boss is a jerk.😁

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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2021, 02:57:46 PM »
Best of luck on your voyage to wherever it ends up going.   Ive had a few successes and a few more failures.  Youve got to balance out a certain amount of faith that itll work, with the fear that it wont.


Dont focus on making more, focus on wasting less.  And never ever ever count on next thursdays customer.  They always fall through so dont spend that last 50 bucks until the next 50 arrives. 


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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2021, 06:17:21 PM »
best of luck!
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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2021, 11:29:27 PM »
Thank you for the encouraging words! Today was another good day. The cut list started all over the place, but by noon we had most of the odd stuff cut. Then switched over to 2x and 1x and started making some headway. Should be able to finish this job tomorrow afternoon, then itís off to the next one. 
Thanks again! Seeing your success, shows me that this is real and possible. 
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2021, 04:33:03 AM »
I still remember my first day of self employment (5/5/14). It was a somewhat easy transition as I was already earning about 75% of my real job pay working my side gig, however it was still a little nerving. Here are some important things I have learned....

1. The harder you work, the more money you make.
2. Don't borrow money for anything. This has served us quite well. As my mentor Dave Ramsey always says.....Every time he reads the book, the turtle always wins the race.

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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2021, 06:30:25 AM »
Best wishes on your new venture.
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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2021, 07:42:24 AM »
Good luck!
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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2021, 09:06:41 AM »
I wish you all the best in your adventure
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Re: First day of self employment
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2021, 12:03:09 AM »
Thank you again, the last couple days have been pretty busy and the boss had me work over a couple hours yesterday to finish the job and not mess up the schedule. Showed up at todayís job and the logs were in a ditch below to road and the owner has no equipment to move them. So, I went home and got the excavator to move the logs into a workable position. Ended up only working 2 hours and still made more than a 12 hr shift punching a time clock. 
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