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 Post subject: Re: Your job?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:39 pm 
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Start your own business?

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 Post subject: Re: Your job?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:51 pm 
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That sucks.

I've had slow and stuttery progress getting my law business to pay steadily too. Long run, I know it will pay, but there is a lot of "short run" to slog through.

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 Post subject: Re: Your job?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:33 am 
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Commie Mike wrote:
Start your own business?


Staying afloat in the face of competition from well-established contractors is easier said than done. The spouse of someone I know at work did start his own HVAC business, but even that has been a lot of the "feast or famine" issue in terms of hours if one does manage not to get completely crushed by established competition. I would have probably also just gotten an FFL instead of going to a technical college if I were hell-bent on starting a business. :P

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That sucks.

I've had slow and stuttery progress getting my law business to pay steadily too. Long run, I know it will pay, but there is a lot of "short run" to slog through.


I would have probably dealt with a similar thing if I stayed in the HVAC industry. The problem is that pure luck was the only reason I was even able to pay my rent on a couple of occasions (that was never the case before). I would have probably had to put up with that for at least four to five years before I started making a semi-decent salary (and even that wouldn't get around the issue of slow seasons). It was too much stress for too little money, especially given that the contractor I was working for turned out to be rather shady in nature (I found out they have a history of cheating both employees and customers).


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 Post subject: Re: Your job?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:33 pm 
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I've had to sell two guns to make rent, in the last few months and even still had odd handy man jobs at last minutes about 3 times earn my rent or car insurance within a day or two of due.I know what it's like.

I think I will be turning the corner this month. I've learned a few tricks that should get me steady work and several retainers. I think the advice I have been given will make all the difference.

My church is kicking in some cash, I think to help me pay some marketing costs and probably get in all the business I can keep up with.

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modify or fix your gun

shotguns, some gunsmithing, reloading, fabrication, knife making, etc.

I'm a firearms/NFA attorney in Wa. Let's combine business, pleasure, and stamps.

http://www.youtube.com/user/armaggedonite


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 Post subject: Re: Your job?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:27 am 
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Prayers with ya man. Sounds like you've got some good guidance and good people that will help you.


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 Post subject: Re: Your job?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:28 pm 
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Gunfun,
Keep your head up brother, if you lived closer I could use some help. The main reason I do not provide any weaponry or gunsmith services to the general public is the mass amount of paper work involved, I hate to even deal with it for my own weapons. Government, LE, and Private contractor firms are a streamlined, But I turn away a lot of civilian work due to the waiting periods, additional paper work, etc.... Not to mention the weekly calls, is it ready, when will it be ready, how long for my stamp, or my favorite, my local LE will not sign off for my stamp. Being an attorney you could just imagine. I'll send a prayer for ya.
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 Post subject: Re: Your job?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:52 pm 
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My main source of income aside from my small gunsmith shop is a Diesel mechanic. Log trucks and logging equipment, which there is no shortage of where I live in Louisiana. Mostly drive line, suspension, brakes,lighting, and A/C work. Last fall two of my close friends that are partners in a timber company came to me with a proposition. Take 2 practically new 2016 Peterbilt 389's(less than 50,000 miles on either) that have been wrecked and build one. I went to the salvage yard looked at both and decided to take on the task. One of the partners bought both salvaged trucks and I began in Late October. These are the trucks I started with. photos are of trucks as the wrecker delivered them to my shop.ImageImage This is after stripping for usable parts, and chassis that I was building on. ImageImage


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 Post subject: Re: Your job?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:10 am 
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Both trucks were purchased as new glider kits (legal way to get around DEF fluid burning EPA laws) The blue truck was $158,000 new CAT powered and the yellow truck was $146,000 new and was Detroit powered. So this meant that both cabs had to be brought back to nearly bare aluminum and the complete wiring and HVAC system/harness had to changed from on cab to the other. After $30,000 labor cost, $29,800 in salvage buy back, and a little over $26,000 in new parts from PACCAR/Peterbilt, this is the truck that I delivered. I was told I could paint and accessorize the truck any way I wanted, as long as I stayed under the $90,000 budget. Can ya'll tell I'm a big James Bond 007 fan?ImageImage


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 Post subject: Re: Your job?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:13 am 
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I can post some build photos if anyone is interested. 4 months total, working 50 hrs a week.


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 Post subject: Re: Your job?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:15 am 
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That gives me wood. 8-)
As a former auto mechanic, I respect the task you've overcome. That's just cool.
As far as I'm concerned, that entire build would be a thread of it's own. I'd love to watch it.


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