Good 4U LowSL2, working for you and the family, is priceless. Good to hear that. I am into my 29th year now, 68 years young, and am only doing "drop offs" here at the shop. My son is doing the in home calls and will take things over here pretty soon.
Working for your self is a much more filling experience. You get to know all angles of the operation, a experience second to non. Its nice to have my son here now, and I do what I want, and don't worry about in home calls anymore. Will I get through 2014, well tomorrow will be my 1st day to find out. I enjoy this work so much, not sure of how to quit when the time comes, but its coming. Am ok in the shop, as I have 4 scisser tables to raise and lower machines on, and work on a stool. Bottom half is shutting down, top half is only 20 years old.
Thinking back of all the years, all the calls, all the parts that have been ordered and all the machines that I have fixed for people, a lot of things have gone on hey. Many years of service, many really great people have kept my small business up and running, and will for my son down the road. In some of the parts houses, I still talk and order parts from some counter parts people that have many years of experience, and are still with those suppliers. Prices have really sky rocketed, but so has my charges. Started out at 15.00 per hour, and we are at 80.00 per hour now.
No charging period, when ordering parts, they are paid up front, along with the labour and taxes. Have no debt, most of my stuff (tools etc) in new shape, and have a good stock of moveable parts. Population of 2700 in town, and 8000 in and around my small area here. Very reliable customer base, all have jobs and pay well when the work is done.
I make enough off the drop offs, that my pensions are not needed each month. I used to do restaurants, appartments, motels, well sites, mines, in home service, commercial refrigeration, and warrantee for most. Now all I do is drop offs, residentials, and my son so far does just in home, no warrantee yet.
As other techs have said here, the best to all in the coming year of 2014, and also thanks to John and his site here, and all the techs that communicate their expertise here, thanks Brent@CanBC