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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
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Old 08-22-2009, 01:24 PM
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LOL...overpaid and underworked has its advantages as well.... I think only you can decide for yourself what the best option is for you and your family is. I know for me I have to keep moving and making money and people like me have no choice really. I am a certified welder i can go anywhere and work. I make more doing this then i would doing that. I do both, one for not very long. So, i just plug away I have great benefits at my current job and thats why i am still there untill i can produce enough $$$ every month to be able to walk away and not worry about that. Lot of variables.
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I jsut got this overwhelming feeling the other day that is for the most part unexplainable. I don't know what brought it on.
Last week, one of my friend's lost his mother to a long illness. I hadn't gotten much of a chance to talk to him at all until the other day and I sat down and looked at him.

He had a thousand yard stare and it was very difficult for him to engage into the conversation. We were talking and I asked when he was going back to work and he said he didn't know if he would. He was saying this as his young son wandered about the room.

He looked up at me and said he didn't know why he had spent so much of his life working with people he didnt like. Spending the majority of the day with people he didn't like and then spending the least amount of time with his new son.

He felt he should be spending more time with him because he was coming to the conclusion life is short.

What will he do? I don't know.

But I don't think it takes a death to put you into the mood of reflecting on things.

A brief moment of pondering can do it and then you start to wonder. What is it I am doing? Why am I doing it?

We all tend to get where we are at, slowly over time with small steps that don't stand out. Then one day we are somewhere, where we might not have wanted to be and wonder how we got there.

Maybe this realization is good though as a course correction. Maybe we need times like these to regroup and re-evaluate. Then we can come up with a new direction. But this is always really tough to do. It's hard to break old habits.
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I have a few plans which keep me interested in my work.

I think the problem is that your doing all this work with no time to enjoy life to the fullest!


I plan to expand & bring in more money until I can afford a nice big ol' boat!

With the boat I can start a company where I take people fishing, or just an adventure, maybe an expedition! LMAO

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Luxury Dining (could have a chef on board) where people come on board & pay big money to eat fine food out in the middle of nowhere.

I have no set idea! Sounds like a great retirement job to me.



Do you have any future plans to keep you motivated? Maybe you haven't figured out what you want to do for a living yet?
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Maybe you haven't figured out what you want to do for a living yet?
Also who's to say if there is ever a single thing that is out there that you would want to do for a living. It could be possible that it changes overtime. New interests arise as older interests get boring.
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id almost bet it had somthing to do withnot getting big enough fast enough. i had one job this week which sucks. next week however i have at least 3 going. it would be nice to get more and make more money but calls have compleatly stoped coming in now
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I have a few plans which keep me interested in my work.

I think the problem is that your doing all this work with no time to enjoy life to the fullest!


I plan to expand & bring in more money until I can afford a nice big ol' boat!

With the boat I can start a company where I take people fishing, or just an adventure, maybe an expedition! LMAO

Fisher Boat
Water Taxi
Luxury Dining (could have a chef on board) where people come on board & pay big money to eat fine food out in the middle of nowhere.

I have no set idea! Sounds like a great retirement job to me.



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what have you been doing for advertising to drive people to call you?
What are you offering as services?
What makes you stand out from everybody else that are in this line?
The phone needs to ring everyday so, the work comes in.

The biggest reason thsat motivates me is my 2 year old daughter.
what is going to happen in 18 years from now when she wants schooling or a vehicle or wants to move to puerto vallarta mexico? How can I offord all that?

guys like me have to keep working and moving. when i spend 5 dollars i have to find a way to make 15.00. That is my mindset. It has to be. If you have advertised in the past how many calls were you getting daily/weekly?

I saw your website are you going to do more with it?
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id almost bet it had somthing to do withnot getting big enough fast enough. i had one job this week which sucks. next week however i have at least 3 going. it would be nice to get more and make more money but calls have compleatly stoped coming in now
This is a very good point. When a business is getting going there is a lot of frustration because you have all this energy and all this time and you just want to fill it up with work and be as productive as possible.

I can understand this and we were talking about this recently in another post. One of the things you can do is, if you can't be working on work and find you have a lot of energy and un-optimized time, you can try to take it and harness it and come up with creative ideas to market yourself.

I bet there are plenty of other entrepreneurs in your area in the same boat. Feeling the same way. They may not do anything to stand out and differentiate themselves. But you can, if you want too.

MikeO just brought up a lot of great questions. All of these things can be focused on and worked on.

You might find that realizing others go through this same mental situation at times will show that you are not alone. And because you are not alone you might see this as part of the growth process of a business. Then you might want to take it and use it as energy to fuel your creative thought process and push yourself forwards even more.

You can do it.
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what have you been doing for advertising to drive people to call you?
What are you offering as services?
What makes you stand out from everybody else that are in this line?
The phone needs to ring everyday so, the work comes in.

The biggest reason thsat motivates me is my 2 year old daughter.
what is going to happen in 18 years from now when she wants schooling or a vehicle or wants to move to puerto vallarta mexico? How can I offord all that?

guys like me have to keep working and moving. when i spend 5 dollars i have to find a way to make 15.00. That is my mindset. It has to be. If you have advertised in the past how many calls were you getting daily/weekly?

I saw your website are you going to do more with it?
Curently my services are
Lawn maintenance (mowing, edging, etc)
Leaf Removal
Insect Spraying
Weed Spraying
Drip Systems
Bush Trimming
Chipping/Shredding

I need to remove the chipping/shredding though as my chipper is out of commission and I am not sure I can fix it.

As far as advertising I have been pouting out fliers, handing out cards. Posting to craigs list and my local paper. So far 100% of my business has come from the local paper. I am not sure what makes me stand out other than reliability and good honest work. Unfortunately I don't get much motivation. I do have 2 kids as well but if one wants a car or a trip to Mexico I would just go buy them a car or give them a credit card. As far as schooling its already paid for. I maintain an education account for my children so they will have no worried when the day comes. Calls would come in spuraticly. I live in a fairly rural area and would get a few calls every few days but have gotten no calls the past couple weeks. I have been reflecting on all this and think there are some organizational problems as well. Mainly with the quotes I am giving people. I was not writing them down then got buisy enough to start forgetting. I would give a quote then a few days later get a call to do the work and forget the price I quoted. I have not had anyone question a bill yet though so I must begetting lucky. I am now writing all this info down though. I also have no set business bank account. I have 2 checking accounts, 4 savings accounts and a brokerage account and when I get paid I just toss the money in what ever account I want to so maybe designating one for only business would be a good idea.
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This is a very good point. When a business is getting going there is a lot of frustration because you have all this energy and all this time and you just want to fill it up with work and be as productive as possible.

I can understand this and we were talking about this recently in another post. One of the things you can do is, if you can't be working on work and find you have a lot of energy and un-optimized time, you can try to take it and harness it and come up with creative ideas to market yourself.

I bet there are plenty of other entrepreneurs in your area in the same boat. Feeling the same way. They may not do anything to stand out and differentiate themselves. But you can, if you want too.

MikeO just brought up a lot of great questions. All of these things can be focused on and worked on.

You might find that realizing others go through this same mental situation at times will show that you are not alone. And because you are not alone you might see this as part of the growth process of a business. Then you might want to take it and use it as energy to fuel your creative thought process and push yourself forwards even more.

You can do it.
That may be possible Steve. I have never gone through this though. I have simply had an idea, acted on it and made money. This is the first time I can honestly say I had to work towards a business venture.
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