Wherein Pino Becomes A Business Owner

Small Business

Posting has been light lately.  In part because I’ve been somewhat busy in life.  Work is ramping up some and the family has been doing some traveling.   However, the large reason blogging has taken a hit is that a good friend and I have started a new small business here in Carolina.

I’ve always wanted to strike out on my own but I’m pretty severely risk averse.  The idea of depending on my own resources for a living to support home and family is horribly frightening.  Which makes this opportunity nice.  We’re able to operate while maintaining our normal day jobs.

It’s hard, to be sure, to do both.  But the security is well worth the extra time.

Some things that I’ve learned:

  1. Working for someone else is a massive benefit.  As an employee there is minimal risk while the owner carries significant non-trivial risk.  Not only in terms of money, but in terms of time and of potential liability; personal and property.
  2. Customer service is not an inherent trait in most people.
  3. The perceived need of a minimum wage is an illusion created by the left.
  4. The unemployment rate doesn’t begin to address the whole picture of who is and who isn’t working.  People are working and making money; on the books or off.

I’m no where near being in danger of transition from the red to the black, but so far the experience has been positive, even if not enjoyable.

5 responses to “Wherein Pino Becomes A Business Owner

  1. Congrats and good luck pino. Good for you. It’s not easy to poke our noses out from the secure zone. I thought about it a few times but didn’t have enough confidence in myself.

    So go knock ’em dead!

    By the way, there does seem to be some new kinds of economies emerging ‘underground’. Around here, barter is getting very big.

    • Congrats and good luck pino. Good for you.

      Thanks Moe.

      I thought about it a few times but didn’t have enough confidence in myself.

      I’ve walked to the edge about half a dozen times. This time I just kept going.

      By the way, there does seem to be some new kinds of economies emerging ‘underground’. Around here, barter is getting very big.

      Yeah, that’s one of the biggest things I’ve started to learn. People are getting by. They’re eating, drinking, buying stuff all without having the income, or all of it, on paper.

  2. Congrats, Pino!

    What kind of business?

    • What kind of business?

      Commodity home services. Think power washing etc. No having to drive to site to estimate, home owner doesn’t have to be home, scheduling is easy – clean my gutter? Sure, next two weeks sound fine?

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