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Old 04-20-2017, 10:40 AM   #1
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Red face As of tomorrow I will be unemplo..errr self employed!

Some of yall may remember a couple of threads of mine basically whining about the downward slide of the company I work for and as a result a reduction in pay and a demotion. ( and others being layed off ). Well, I turned in my notice almost 2 weeks ago and tomorrow is my last day here. I will be going full time in the small shop I started in 2013. I have been running it part time since then, made good money for a while then had a terrible year last year ( oil crash ) then things have bounced back big time since Thanksgiving or so. How long it will last, I dont know. But things have been getting worse in my full time job and some personal issues have arisen, along with the pick up in work that have made this as good a time to make the jump as I have yet seen.

I have never been unemployed before, never went without a job longer than a weekend ( leave on a friday and start new job monday ) so this is a big jump.

I will admit I am scared, but the time is right so here we go. Wish me luck, I am sure I will need it!
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:43 AM   #2
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:43 AM   #3
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You've got this brutha! Just keep slingin chips!
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:44 AM   #4
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:45 AM   #5
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:46 AM   #6
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Awesome, good luck to you, no ba**s, no blue chips! Sounds like your cutting blue chips!
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:47 AM   #7
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You got this Mike. Good luck brother.
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:50 AM   #8
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:02 AM   #9
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good luck and have fun!
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:03 AM   #10
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:07 AM   #11
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Good luck as a business owner myself take the ups and downs always be prepared for the worse so nothing catches you buy surprises budgeting money when it's flowing in is just as important as when times are tough but you got it bud
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:07 AM   #12
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Good luck to you! Hope it all works out.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:07 AM   #13
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Prayer sent. God bless.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:11 AM   #14
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Good Luck! I'm sure you'll do great!
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:12 AM   #15
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Good luck Mike! Praying that something great is just around the corner for you.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:36 AM   #16
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:38 AM   #17
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Good luck Mike! I'm sure you'll do great.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:44 AM   #18
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:51 AM   #19
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Good luck Mike.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:55 AM   #20
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Good luck sir. I always admire those that make the plunge. It certainly has its challenges but in the end it is worth it.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:56 AM   #21
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:56 AM   #22
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Good luck!

More than once I have considered giving up being an engineer full time. I just haven't found that right business or work from home business idea to make me go all in.
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Old 04-20-2017, 11:58 AM   #23
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good luck.....what work do you do in your shop? maybe some GS guys can throw work your way if we need it?
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:05 PM   #24
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Good luck! I made that same transition over 2 years ago and I haven't gone hungry yet. Hard some days, but 99.9% of the time, I wouldn't change a thing!
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:06 PM   #25
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Good luck Mike
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:07 PM   #26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RRagan83 View Post
Good luck as a business owner myself take the ups and downs always be prepared for the worse so nothing catches you buy surprises budgeting money when it's flowing in is just as important as when times are tough but you got it bud
Solid advice
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:10 PM   #27
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:13 PM   #28
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Congrats Mike and best of luck to you sir!
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:18 PM   #29
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:22 PM   #30
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Good luck Mike.....getrdone!
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:50 PM   #31
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Congrats! I know it's a scary thing but no risk, no reward! My father-n-law was in almost your exact shoes and situation when he left Baker Hughes 30 years ago and his current bank account and lifestyle sure thanks him. You'll be fine..
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:51 PM   #32
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Good luck to you Sir and God's speed!!
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:53 PM   #33
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Been doing part time this long and held on, I'd say you'll do just fine.


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Old 04-20-2017, 01:11 PM   #34
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Good Luck! Keep the mindset you have shown on here & you will do Great!
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:50 PM   #35
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Congrats.. Best of luck to you!
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Old 04-20-2017, 01:59 PM   #36
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Good luck and prayers sent.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:00 PM   #37
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:23 PM   #38
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Best of luck to you. I went on my own several years back. Folks thought I was nuts and mocked and badmouthed me when I left. Not terribly long after that, the same bunch all lost their jobs when the company sold out.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:28 PM   #39
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:34 PM   #40
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Good luck.

The hardest part of my wife's business is making sure all the taxes are legal. She needs to be an accountant to be an interior designer.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:37 PM   #41
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:37 PM   #42
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I stopped working for wages in 1989. Scared as hell but it turned out to be the best thing I ever did. Just keep your nose to the grindstone and pay off everything you can as you can. Believe me, it's a good feeling to wake up one morning and know everything you own is paid for.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:52 PM   #43
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Good luck Mike, I admire anyone who goes into business for themselves. Takes a unbelievable amount of courage that I admire and wish I had.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:55 PM   #44
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Prayers up!
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:57 PM   #45
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Best of luck. Work hard and treat people fair.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:59 PM   #46
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I feel like in the background of this thread Johnny Paycheck is singing, "Take this JOB and shove it!!" Good luck to you.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:36 PM   #47
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Mike, you got this!! I've sort of been following along on this trek you have made these last few years... You just get out there and work hard as if you were working for God Himself and He will honor that! In a manner of speaking you are working for Him... good or bad. I did the same thing back in '06 and made the commitment to honor God in all I do and credit Him for any successes the company had... He ain't let me down yet!

I lift you up in prayer Mike that you'd be successful and happy in what you do!
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:56 PM   #48
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Best of luck, sounds like you have a plan in place. Like others have said, have a plan B & C for the ups and downs.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:56 PM   #49
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Good luck! Kill it!
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:05 PM   #50
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I got total faith in ya sir!!! I walked away with zero issues in the biomedical industry......sometimes you gotta make a choice!
[quote=Drycreek3189;12370984]I stopped working for wages in 1989. Scared as hell but it turned out to be the best thing I ever did. Just keep your nose to the grindstone and pay off everything you can as you can. Believe me, it's a good feeling to wake up one morning and know everything you own is paid for.[/QUOTE]
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