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How Did You Start Your Business?

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How Did You Start Your Business?

Postby RamboBaby » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:30 pm

I'm about to have business cards made so that I can get my own side project going. I've discovered over the years that I much prefer to repair things as opposed to making things. So I'm going to take my cards around to many of the local auto shops and restaurants, etc in order to try and drum up a little extra cash. I have a couple of guys who I know and can lean on for advice who were/are successful business men although none of them know a thing in the world about welding.
Did any of you start out like I'm about to do?
If not, how did you get started?
Any other advice you wanna pitch my way?
I currently make $10/hour rebuilding hydraulic cylinders in a repair shop so I don't have a lot of cash. But I do have most of the equipment needed to get the job done. I just can't go back to driving trucks over the road. It was good to me and allowed me to buy my welding gear but I can't run even a part time welding business when I'm away from home for two to three weeks at a time.
Thanks in advance for any replies,
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Re: How Did You Start Your Business?

Postby bruce991 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:53 am

Well I live in a rural area and have been getting the word out (and some business cards) that I am here for welding services, fabrication work not much interested in mobile work. Just about everyone in my area has a stick welder, have three large fabrication businesses in the area, and I specialize in TIG since that is my skill set although I can stick weld. So far nothing going on that I can say keeps me busy. Making a lot of things for myself LOL. You may find your in a better market.

Now to my issue. Working out of my pole barn my insurance agent is warning me that I need to be insured as a business, suggested an LLC etc. and of course then need to tax materials etc. Deal with IRS. So I have basically just helped out friends and neighbors for a donation. This has sort of been a buzz killer, I am retired and cannot possibly go into debt on the prospect I will get some work now and again.

Lots of hidden costs to actually being a business, I am a hobby welder who gladly offers my skills to others.
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Re: How Did You Start Your Business?

Postby RamboBaby » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:48 pm

I'm where the action is.....right next to Hartsfield in Atlanta. I know that there's plenty of work here, I just gotta grab my piece of it.
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