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Old 08-21-2019, 11:38 PM   #1
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How many of the green screens have started their own company? Do you still have it? What industry is it in?
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Old 08-21-2019, 11:59 PM   #2
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Yup. Launched it here on TBH.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:05 AM   #3
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Yep. Guns. Still have it, don't do as much as years passed, but still do it.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:40 AM   #4
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Own and operate a Roofing business and 2 restaurants.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:55 AM   #5
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Own and operate a Roofing business and 2 restaurants.


Im so intrigued by the restaurant business.

I work with them on a daily basis setting up new places and some work 80hrs a week making 60k and some work 50 hrs a week making a million plus.

The private investor vs the owner you see everyday type and the Im tired of working plant life Im opening a restaurant type.


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Old 08-22-2019, 04:44 AM   #6
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Retail construction, 17yrs, started from nothing to something. Still trying to find something else to get into to broaden my life portfolio.
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:48 AM   #7
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Forestry mulching / land clearing.....just started it up last month and I’m doing pretty well. Initial investment was pretty large, but now that I see I’m going to be able to stay pretty busy, I’m much more comfortable with it. I’m hoping to be able to buy a new mid-sized excavator in the next 3-4 months. This will allow me to do a broader range of work, not just mulching.
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Old 08-22-2019, 07:16 AM   #8
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Ran into a deal in 2012 where I could buy trailer loads of steel tubing for pennies on the dollar from a mill. Flipped metal for a few months before I realized I needed to learn how to weld. Got on YouTube, bought a Hobart 135 used for $100, and 7 years later I'm not flipping tubing anymore but still rocking and rolling on the fabrication side. I also have a custom skeet shooting trailer and a dump trailer I rent out.
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Old 08-22-2019, 07:29 AM   #9
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Started a Rigging service company in 1996. Never looked back.
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Old 08-22-2019, 07:36 AM   #10
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I owned a little trucking company for a few years, hauling cows. I sucked at it, sold everything, almost went bankrupt. Me and the bride ate mustard sandwiches for a couple of years until we got out of the hole.

I am thinking about starting up a small business as a motivational speaker, if you know anyone looking to book one, let me know.
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:00 AM   #11
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I owned a little trucking company for a few years, hauling cows. I sucked at it, sold everything, almost went bankrupt. Me and the bride ate mustard sandwiches for a couple of years until we got out of the hole.

I am thinking about starting up a small business as a motivational speaker, if you know anyone looking to book one, let me know.
Here you go...This guy is looking for someone.
https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=740477
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:04 AM   #12
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:24 AM   #13
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The company I had worked for the past 17 years closed the doors at the end of May this year. I have been doing hydrtoraphic dipping as a hobby for a little over 4 years now. Dipped a few football helmets for a guy in Kansas City that would eventually get signed by the pros and sold off as sports memorabilia. My name got passed around pretty quick to New York then Florida and finally to a dealer in San Antonio. Now I'm doing production work decorating the helmets! Cool thing is all the new and old pros signing them. I'm not getting rich but it's more than paying the bills and I'm walking to my shop to do the work. No more driving to Houston!!! Hope it lasts about 5 more years.
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:30 AM   #14
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:32 AM   #15
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Been in business on our own for over 20 years. Own an Insurance agency and a hair salon. First 10 years we worked for someone else, then we dove in and started our own business. It has worked out well enough for us.
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:46 AM   #16
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I started a metal fab/deer feeder and blind business in 2013.
I now have branched into retail sale of hunting products also
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:57 AM   #17
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We just started one this past spring

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Old 08-22-2019, 09:13 AM   #18
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About 16 years ago I bought about $7k worth of lawn equipment and started my own lawn/landscape company, luckily while I still had my job at a bigger lawn/landscape company, because ya know, "I can do this better and cheaper and be my own boss!"

About 3 weeks into it my entire trailer of equipment was stolen, after I had secured several accounts and had a good chance of making it work. The insurance settlement crap took too long and I ended up losing the accounts and just paid the equipment off and stayed at my job for a little while longer. Still wonder exactly what happened to that trailer....
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:28 AM   #19
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Antler Art here on TBH. Before was just a little side gig. Slowing things down now that I manage ranches but still doing work here and there.
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:29 AM   #20
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sort of.....

I'm an independent insurance adjuster/appraiser/umpire.

Wouldn't trade it for anything else, but no matter what....you always work for someone else.

I've thought seriously about taking the next step and becoming that guy that hires me, but he also still is at the mercy of the next guy or firm or carrier that hires him.

At my age, I don't really need the headache, especially when I consider that I would still be "working for" someone
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:30 AM   #21
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I started Sniper Hog Lights back in 2008 and still have it. Have grown every single year.
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:30 AM   #22
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I opened a private consulting company that serviced hedge funds and money management
On outdoor activity, that turned into a ranch contracting services
Started in 1991 then developed a kidney problem in 2016 and retired, now I am back to 65-75% better and am thinking about going back , but starting over might be for a younger me
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:01 AM   #23
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I’ve started two different businesses from scratch both in same industry servicing pharmacy. One was a systems integrator building mail order pharmacy distribution centers The other was a robotic distribution system. Sold them both.
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:09 AM   #24
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I have a GPS tracking company. Rhino Fleet Tracking. Been in business since 2007. We are in the process of trying to sell to private equity. cant wait to see what my next adventure is.
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:14 AM   #25
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:14 AM   #26
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Started mine about 4.5 years ago. Own a Fried Chicken & Seafood restaurant and a deer processing facility.
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:16 AM   #27
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Been in business on our own for over 20 years. Own an Insurance agency and a hair salon. First 10 years we worked for someone else, then we dove in and started our own business. It has worked out well enough for us.
Those are fun.
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:16 AM   #28
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In my 31st year in the auto parts biz.

Thinking about retiring..................
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:24 AM   #29
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sort of.....

I'm an independent insurance adjuster/appraiser/umpire.

Wouldn't trade it for anything else, but no matter what....you always work for someone else.

I've thought seriously about taking the next step and becoming that guy that hires me, but he also still is at the mercy of the next guy or firm or carrier that hires him.

At my age, I don't really need the headache, especially when I consider that I would still be "working for" someone
Rod hit it, even when we are self employed, our customers are who we work for but it's a better than having a boss.

Wife and I both have our own insurance agencies, we have a separate company that owns and buys commercial real estate (that portfolio isn't huge yet, probably worth $550k in assets), we own another company that invest in single and small multifamily as rentals. We've grown that company like crazy over the last 7 years. Went from $0 in property to about $2M owned. It's leveraged and we don't take money out yet, but someday it'll feed my dreams.
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:29 AM   #30
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Home based 01 FFL / 03 SOT business I started about 5 years ago as a side gig.
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Old 08-22-2019, 11:45 AM   #31
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Started a Seasonings and Rubs side hustle a year ago, slow but growing. Pure Spice no additives type thing
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Old 08-22-2019, 11:51 AM   #32
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Had successful home painting company but when economy tanked I closed it. Now built and run a wedding venue.

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Old 08-22-2019, 11:55 AM   #33
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Those are fun.
Wife loves it. I just do the books and some general maintenance. No hair for me
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Old 08-22-2019, 11:55 AM   #34
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Swimming pools, summer kitchens, patio covers.....anything you can do in backyards, since 92'
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Old 08-22-2019, 11:57 AM   #35
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Yes owning your own business has benefits but you are not your own boss. Very few businesses can just do what they want and not care. Your boss is your customer. The customer is not the easiest person to work for all the time.

There is pride in building things yourself and in providing employment for others.

In the end as an owner you have nobody else to blame but yourself.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:18 PM   #36
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Have been self employed most of my life in the construction related industry but when that went down I ventured out into many different venues and worked for a few companies also when things got slow.
Now I do Shredding and Wood Cutting as well as trapping, do transport for sod company some days and make custom mesquite furniture. Not satisfied with any of it, always looking for more.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:34 PM   #37
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Invented a feeding device in 2012. Started The Hammer Feeding System in 2013. Took it slow for a couple years. Really started taking off in 2015 and we haven't looked back since. Of course, it's just a side gig for the wife and I.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:37 PM   #38
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Oilfield Service Company. We build MWD directional and Gamma tools. Love it.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:41 PM   #39
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Fixin to open a drive thru Meth/beer barn here in Fairfield. I will be filthy rich and able to retire by Christmas with enough money to provide for my great grandkids kids when they come along...........
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:46 PM   #40
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Fixin to open a drive thru Meth/beer barn here in Fairfield. I will be filthy rich and able to retire by Christmas with enough money to provide for my great grandkids kids when they come along...........
You could put one in ever town.
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:54 PM   #41
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I had a novelty idea of someone might want to come and pay to shoot a hog with me a couple times a year at best.

Built my website my last semester at A&M.

Had my first hunter about 90 days later.

With in the year I was booked every weekend.

Now 16 years later I have hunters every day of the year and stay booked no less than a year in advance.

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Old 08-22-2019, 01:09 PM   #42
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:20 PM   #43
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I have a gun business that I run as a side job, still work for a large chemical company.
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:21 PM   #44
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Launched TheHunterSight.com last December/January. Online hunting journal with tons of tools for deer hunters to use. Just a guy hunting 20 acres to an outfitter can benefit and get their money worth from features. 24.99 a year
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:29 PM   #45
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I would love to be self employed. what I would really like to do is own a catering service for like weddings, birthday parties etc.

or own a restaurant.
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:32 PM   #46
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Yes owning your own business has benefits but you are not your own boss. Very few businesses can just do what they want and not care. Your boss is your customer. The customer is not the easiest person to work for all the time.

There is pride in building things yourself and in providing employment for others.

In the end as an owner you have nobody else to blame but yourself.
I've always been a firm believer in this!
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:37 PM   #47
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started a small materials supply business for knifemaking a few years ago mainly to teach my kids about business/money and hopefully pay off some debt we had. My 8 y/o son(11 now) took $17 out of his piggy bank and that is literally what funded our startup so he's my business partner. We've grown slowly by reinvesting everything over and over again and sell a variety of materials now for knife making, pen turning, game calls, ring/jewlery makers etc. I still work a full-time job while my wife manages the daily operations until I can quit. I work every evening and weekend on the business so it is a little overwhelming at this point but hopefully pretty soon I can quit and do it full time.
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:40 PM   #48
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Wife loves it. I just do the books and some general maintenance. No hair for me
We have looked seriously into buying a couple before, the numbers just weren't good at the time. And not sure I could deal with the drama!
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:49 PM   #49
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Not really businesses but more of side hustles.

Just getting started doing PEMF therapy. Show cattle have been my biggest customers so far but I've done all sorts of show animals, polo horses, bucking stock, a few family pets, and even a couple of deer.

I also detail aircraft. Mostly interiors but I'll do whatever it takes.

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Old 08-22-2019, 02:00 PM   #50
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