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#1 posted 12-02-2013 03:08 PM

”Recently, I have truly figured out what i want to do with my life …...”

can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that one. Along with:

“This commercial project manager union gig is hard work but the pay is awesome! I’ll never go back to remodeling basements!”

“I’ll never work for someone else again!”

“If I hire another crew, work weekends in the office, I could break 6 figures this year.”

“Things are going great! .... I wonder if I should borrow 200 grand and open a cabinet shop?” – 2007

“I need to be around more people and grow my network, learn from them and improve my people skills”

“Fuck everyone! .... I just need to work by myself in my 3 car garage shop and make some cool shit to sell at an art show”

“I think I’ll write for a living….”

At 57 yr.s old, this is where I am. And I had such plans.

All I can say is, if you have a job and your making any money – don’t quit, not now. It may not seem as glorious as building a beautiful piece of furniture for a lot of money but it pays the bills. You can always do side work.

Hell, side jobs paid for all of my motorcycles, 4×4s and boats. I did a kitchen once for a Yamaha 350 Banshee.

Wood workers are like starving artists, most of them have regular jobs and do this on the side for fun and a little money. The ones that are doing well now have well known talent and had their shop set up before the down turn and are living off their references and low overhead because everything is already paid for.

I hope you find what you are looking for but don’t be surprised to find a lot of people in the same boat, thinking the same thing considering our careers have been up ended and there are no jobs out there for us.

I’m glad I didn’t open a huge cabinet shop, it would have destroyed me. But instead, I used the remodeling business to allow me to build built ins like fireplace mantles and bookcases in my garage shop. Paid about 20% less compared to remodeling but I had fun, the business bought the tools and my projects looked great.

I admire your zeal and encourage you to keep looking to move up. But, it seems you have what you want already. (I read your home page)

Just take it to the next level. Don’t work for him, hire him. But, you have to get the cabinet job first.

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