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I'm Not Sure Where This Is Going!

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I've got many things on my mind right now. First is this winter. It came early and hasn't let up at all anywhere. Seems like you can't even go south to avoid it. Going south right now seems like it would be a mistake because they don't have the equipment to deal with ice and snow. I experienced that in the winter of '85/'86 when I was attending NADC in Nashville. TN. They had a minor (at least in Ohio where I'm originally from) ice storm. It closed the city down. Guys from the north (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and such) didn't understand why they closed the city down. The roads weren't that bad, just slick. But they didn't have the equipment to deal with it and nobody knew how to drive in it. That's going on now. But that doesn't mean they're bad drivers down south, they're all over the country. I've seen 4x4's spun off the roads and in ditches here in Northern Minnesota where it's winter 6 months of the year! I was hoping for an early spring, but I'm not counting on it. I heard on the radio yesterday that this weather will hang with us for the next 45 to 60 days. I've been here for almost 6 years and come to the conclusion that in fact there is four seasons here just as in Ohio, but winter is six months long and spring, summer, and fall have to fight for the other six months! I just know the first person I hear complain about the heat this spring will get back-handed! I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to get things arranged so I can work on my S-10 in the garage. I have the Trans Am parked in there right now and I have work to do on the big Chevy. Heating could also be a concern. My fire-wood is buried in the snow. I didn't have a chance to tarp it before the snow came. My bad. I also used a lot on it when I had my S-10 in fitting the 350 and then the big Chevy in to fix the brake lines. On a good note, I did get my Reddy Heater fixed. It runs great now! I came up with a plan for the spring and summer, I'm going to start carrying a chain saw with me and cutting up fallen trees before the road crews get there. I'll bring the wood home and stack it for splitting which I'll probably do in the fall. With the price of propane sky-rocketing, I may price out a wood burner to heat the house. With the last delivery of propane costing over $900 for 200 gallons, it may be cheaper to get a wood burner installed! So far this season it's cost us over $2000 and it ain't over yet! I heard of wood burners for about $5000 that use boilers that can heat 2 houses. I could heat the house and garage with wood. Use the propane for back-up heat, then. I don't know. I'll have to see where our finances go. My new job is pretty "hit-and-miss" with being regular pay. Sometimes there is so much work and then there's weeks where we don't have anything. I haven't had a 40 week for some time now. I keep getting reminded by my Pastor's messages that I need to start my own shop. He refers to Mark 2:9 when Jesus is talking to a paralyzed man and says ..."Get up, take your mat and walk". In my mind I paraphrased it to say "Get up, pack up you tools and go into your own business". I told Pastor Todd that and he said it was God changing the words in my head. The first time it happened was when I got laid off from Northern Performance, now it's happened again with me at my new job. I think I better listen to God and start looking for a building for my shop! How many times will God tell me to do it? I can recall back in '91 He must've told me, presented me with the opportunity, the potential customers, affordable commercial/residential property, but I was afraid to do it. I've looked back and kicked myself so many times. I believe it's "time" now! Like I said when I started this post, I don't know where this is going. It will be "a leap of faith" no matter what.

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Feb 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm
I started my computer business back in 1998, lots of things have changed since then, but I do not regret taking that "leap of faith" Just DO IT ! I had many people tell me it would fail, but here I am 16 years later still going. I agree with Meatball 100% that's what it takes to succeed....be honest.
 
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frank76ta
Feb 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm
Great Blog! You are right take the risk I say! Thats what I have been doing learning to help others with protection and retirement as a life and health agent here in Texas. It slow sometimes and have a full time job also in which I in the same boat to start it more full time and have my own agency. You will have start up costs like I have. But keep your mindset on what you want. The advertising I agree with the other guy here. There are so many easy ways by word of mouth and also using the web even FACEBOOK to utlize free advertsing. I hope you do it and stay honest. Very few of them out there!
 
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Crazyfast79TA
Feb 2, 2014 at 8:09 am
Thanks for the good advice! I believe in those same things. I'd be fair and true to my word on repairs.
 
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Meatball
Feb 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm
You talkin' about an automotive shop? I ran mine for 31 yrs. It was great. Never spent $1 on advertising and always 30 days or more backed up for major work. It was hard to find a place to squeeze in a service job. It's simple. 3 buisness rules of mine. 1: The golden rule....treat everyone the way you want to be treated. 2: You NEVER sell someone something they don't need. 3: You're human. You will make mistakes. When you make a mistake say "I'm human, I made a mistake" and fix it. Simple as that. Never a slow day. Of course you have to be good at what you do. It also helps to be close to major areas where the automotive rippoffs abound. There's a serious need for good, honest, repair shops.
 

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