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Offline pnyberg

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A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:53:03 PM »
I announced the start of my part time sawmill business back on February 10th here: http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,42055.0.html

My plan was to work about half the available weekend days, since I still had a full time job, and my own chores to do.  That would mean in general that I could handle about 4 customers a month.

My first customer came in early March.  By mid-summer, I had a waiting list that took me out a month. By the middle of September, I had work lined up through Thanksgiving.  Clearly things were on a positive trajectory.

My wife was impressed. 

As part of a totally unrelated process, she had decided to retire around September of 2011.  There was a discussion that started with the thought that I could quit my 'day job' and take the sawmill business full time at about that same time.  I suggested that the fall was not the best time to make this transition, and it might make more sense to do it at the start of 2011.  What's nine months of paychecks between friends?  She agreed.  :)

So, I've given notice at work that I'll be leaving on December 31st. 

Once again I want to say that none of this would have been possible without the Forestry Forum.  So thanks to Jeff and all the other who help to keep this place up and running, and to all of you who share their knowledge and wisdom in these pages.

Sometime before the end of the year I'll put together a post on what I've learned during my first year of running a portable sawmill.

--Peter
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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 06:20:47 PM »
Congrats on the big move!  :) Hope all goes well.

You have a very nice, informative website also.

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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2010, 06:29:52 PM »
Congrats and wishing you all the best in the future.
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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2010, 06:33:21 PM »

 That's so cool! 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2010, 07:13:03 PM »
Now your biggest expence will be heath insurance.   Steve
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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2010, 07:13:54 PM »
I wish you all the best.  Has the web site directed a lot of work your way?  It does look nice.  Tim
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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2010, 07:37:36 PM »
Way to go! 

I was going to say you're to young but I did the same thing at 55.  I waited until I was 55 so I could early retire from the company I worked for and keep my insurance plan.  Insurance is still a major expense.

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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2010, 07:47:25 PM »
My wife was impressed.

That's the key note. If momma's happy, everybody's happy. Nothing like impressing the wife. Life is good. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2010, 09:34:05 PM »
Now your biggest expence will be heath insurance.   Steve

I do luck out there, as that's covered by my wife, even after she retires.
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2010, 09:37:22 PM »
Congrats & have fun!

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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2010, 09:47:10 PM »
Personal responsibility and liberty go a long way.

Congratulations.

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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2010, 10:01:34 PM »
So, I've given notice at work that I'll be leaving on December 31st. 
Once again I want to say that none of this would have been possible without the Forestry Forum.  So thanks to Jeff and all the other who help to keep this place up and running, and to all of you who share their knowledge and wisdom in these pages.
--Peter

  Sure just go ahead and blame all of us here  ;D
 
 8) 8)
  Congratulations on a new venture. May it turn out to be prosperous and don't forget to take time out to sit and talk some with your customers, some are really really interesting and have a wealth of bagage to share ;)  :P 
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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2010, 10:35:40 PM »
thats stepping out.  way out. now everyone you know will do everything they can to keep you from your work since you are now self employed and everybody knows that means you dont work so you can do errands for everyone else.
good luck . i am sure you will do well. pc
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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2010, 01:22:51 AM »
Now.. Start counting the times people ask, "How are you enjoying your retirement?". 

I'm sure some of my customers have the idea I'm just sawing to have something to do and, by extension, I don't need to make money doing it or I've got all the time in the world to stand and yack with them.
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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2010, 01:43:58 AM »
 smiley_thumbsup smiley_thumbsup

Welcome to the world of full time sawing.
- You'll be working for less than minimum wage.
- You will drag yourself out into the most miserable weather to make a deadline.
- You will learn to be politely rude to people who think talking to you has nothing to do with lost income for you.
- You will find yourself getting annoyed at the boss.
- You will get depressed and wonder why you ever did this.

And then you'll be sawing on a mild spring day with a bright blue sky and not a cloud in sight, and a red-tailed hawk will come winging by just above the mill and you'll think, "Yes! This is why I did it."

Best of luck.
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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2010, 05:45:30 AM »
Congratulations Peter.

I'm very happy for you and I'm sure you'll do well!

You also have to keep up with the Forestry Forum too!  ;)
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« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2010, 06:22:36 AM »
Congrats Peter ,all this talk makes me wish I was 20 years younger  ;D
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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2010, 07:10:11 AM »
Now.. Start counting the times people ask, "How are you enjoying your retirement?". 

I'm sure some of my customers have the idea I'm just sawing to have something to do and, by extension, I don't need to make money doing it or I've got all the time in the world to stand and yack with them.


 :D a guy really has to watch out for that! I put myself pretty far out from the beaten path and still manage to get a few to many visitors some days that feel like just gabbing. OK to do once in while to many interruptions can sure make it impossible to get much done.

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« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2010, 07:37:21 AM »
Good luck to you.Sounds like things lined up for you and you did it. You will enjoy your new "job".
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Re: A part time portable sawmill business goes full time
« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2010, 08:03:55 AM »
i have always felt if you don't love what ya doing then dont do it.

if sawing wood makes you happy then go for it, i know i couldn't do anything else.


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