Well my dudes and dudettes...it's time for some lasting change. In this episode I talk about my recent decision to shut down my electrical contracting company and go back to work for someone else.
I've taken about 4 months off of making any content online. I've had some experiences that have shaken my perspective on life and business. I've come to the crashing realization that I do not enjoy being a business man. I've always thought that I was destined to own a business and run a company, and in doing so I've left some important things by the way-side.
I love being an electrician. I've stated that on many occasions and by now that is common knowledge for most people. I was TRYING to love being a business man and thought that I could easily do both at the same time. Boy was I wrong. Being a businessperson is an entire journey on it's own that takes many years to perfect. It also requires a number of people around you as mentors and examples to really nurture your journey. Being the person that's out in the field doing the work while having to be in the office answering phones, doing bids, marketing, chasing money, and managing employees turns very quickly into an allday-everyday job. I found myself consumed 24/7 with getting business and chasing money, and after a year of thinking that's what I wanted for my life I came to the understanding that I was living a lie.
I was offered a job by the man who first hired me as an apprentice. He is one of the men I respect most on this planet, and is the only man I'd willingly leave self-employment for. It's been a couple months of working for him now, and my life is back to sustainability again. I have a paycheck and can pay my bills again! I'm still keeping my company open but not advertising. I'd like to still be able to do side-work legally and to do that I need to maintain my contractor's license and general liability insurance.
It has been an outstanding year of learning, successes, failures. I've left the money behind and now go boldly into the future humbly as a lifetime student of this craft.