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Thread: A career shift

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Whittier, CA, USA

    A career shift

    Hello Family Woodworkers,

    Well I have given up finding a job in my IT profession that lets me spend a reasonable amount of time with my family. I have officially started my own business, a glorified handyman service.

    I have worked in the Data Processing → Information Services → Information Technology field since I was 21. As I became more knowledgeable in my career the more hours I spent at the office. When I was laid off from BEHR Paint's corporate office I was spending about 12 hours of the day away from home during normal work stuff and days away when the nasty stuff hit the fan.

    My network of friends and acquaintances included some real estate people. Some were the normal buy and sell realtors and others were residential rental property managers. Shooting the breeze I would often overhear how they often couldn't find reliable service providers for their properties. Well one of my responsibilities over the years in IT outside of the technology has been managing data center physical construction, maintenance and expansion - electricians, painters, HVAC, roofers, cleaners...

    I got to thinking. I found out that some of my friends had a good painter, another a good electrician, another a flooring guy and so on. So I have opened a property repair and maintenance company targeting realtors and property management companies. I have started out small doing the little stuff myself (within California's regulations) and have farmed the licensed stuff to the pros I have put together as needed. I have a cousin who is a general contractor and is appreciative of the work I have found for him. He and other contractor friends are helping me get my paperwork in order to get my own general contractor license.

    It's going well for the fourth week. It's a bit jittery but I am learning and giving thanks to the big Guy upstairs. So far I have tapped 2 businesses and am having to schedule jobs 2, 3 and 4 weeks out and other unemployed friends are asking me when I am going to start hiring. The number of unemployed Californians is more than the population of 16 states.

    The best part is I get to work from home and I set the schedule. I also had to replace/upgrade some of my tools in order to get my jobs done. I'll be posting those gloats/reviews soon.

    Cheers all!
    Last edited by Dan Gonzales; 01-11-2011 at 08:06 AM.
    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
    Dona nobis pacem

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Way to go, and congrats Dan. Best of success in the new venture.

    And let me know if you start hiring.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Dan, you are exactly the kind of guy that makes the country work, kudos to you sir, and I hope you do very well!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  4. #4
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    What a great idea. I hope it works out well for you
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  5. #5
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    Oct 2006
    Central NY State
    Sounds great Dan, best of luck and success!

  6. #6
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    i think vaungh would be agood employee,, he likes to paint and is pretty handy as well good luck dan ,,and remeber to leave time for you and yur family..
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    That is wonderful. Luck favors the prepared. You saw an opportunity and stepped in. I wish you all the best. Do you do stuff for individual home owners as well?
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  8. #8
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    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Way to go Dan!

  9. #9
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Very Nice Dan! Here's to more jobs on the horizon.
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  10. #10
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    American entrepreneurialism at work.
    This is the sort of thing that can grow. Word of mouth is the best advertising. Good work and good service will beget more business.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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