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Old 07-04-2014, 12:59 PM   #76
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maybe there is a business model in the education side of fabrication...working for yourself?
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Old 07-04-2014, 01:25 PM   #77
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Pissed Oh fuck this shit

Good luck.


I am trying to decide what to do. I'm in the middle of opening a new shop with a couple associates. I just got off the phone with an irate customer who yelled at me,called me names and cussed me. All because he went against my advice and bought a cheap transmission. It whines bad on deceleration. And apparently after some mileage it leaks as well.

And all this while I'm home 130 miles away trying to recover from a tough week.

People crying about money. Whining about time spent waiting for parts. Time spent doing a good job. And these aren't customers. They're the guys I'm working (helping out) with.

I do believe it's time to do something else. I think the only bikes I'll be working on have my name on the title. Being a nice guy and trying to help people has become a burden,one which I'm about to shed. Yep I do believe I've made up my mind.

And again good luck.
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:45 PM   #78
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maybe there is a business model in the education side of fabrication...working for yourself?

I've thought that this was the solution for quite some time. probably time to do something about it.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:19 AM   #79
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and will now also be working part time at a vintage moto shop as a mechanic and designer/drafter/operator for custom parts with the CNC milling machine. seems like a good group of guys, pay is way better than I expected for mechanic work.
Is that in Brooklyn? Sounds good.
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:13 AM   #80
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Yup. Brooklyn. Williamsburg/Greenpoint border.
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:07 PM   #81
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Well, it turns out, I really enjoy wrenching, at least at this shop. Don't think I could get down with it at a dealership. it's been a long time since I had a job where I had no idea that it was an hour past closing time because I was absorbed in my work, which is every day at this job. bunch of nice guys, constant stream of awesome bikes (matchless, guzzis, nortons, old ujm's, etc.), flexible schedule, never ending hot ladies walking past the shop, good music, etc. not financially sustainable long term, though, despite getting paid a better rate than most shops. but good info/experience nonetheless.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:41 PM   #82
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Are you taking detailed notes about what is keeping it from being sustainable? Is it just because it the type of custom work you're doing is a passing trend, or something you could do better if the business was yours?
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:44 PM   #83
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well, i mean that being a mechanic is not really financially sustainable. The business seems to be doing ok. but yes, I am taking notes in general. and def learning a lot.
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:25 PM   #84
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I'm hitting an all time high in my gross income for my home based motorcycle manufacturing and repair business. $660 this year :)

One day maybe I'll get serious about it. In the meantime my business license is only $22 a year.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:43 AM   #85
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How to make a small fortune with a motorcycle business:

1. Start with a large fortune.
2. Buy a Motorcycle business.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:05 PM   #86
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jokes already been told at least once in this thread. and the slicker version goes, "How do you make a small fortune in the motorcycle industry? start with a large one."
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:21 PM   #87
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I know this is a bike forum, but as a creative person... something u mentioned sounds like something ( you may want to consider/try... seems to be staring me in the face.

High-end furniture building.

Totally can do while still have your day job.. and really seems less "all or nothing" like a shop would be...and holy S$&! have u seen what great furniture costs? I'm not rich but know some.. and they love unique, custom, high quality furniture If you make it unique, and build it we'll... you will have customers... and.. it will satisfy your creative skills.. a lot more than a tire change/balance job.. (not that there's anything wrong with that ;-)

Anyway, just a thought..and something I got from your original post.

All the best in whichever u path u take....


PS:
if you do start the furniture business.. put me down for a kitchen table, not too big, with cool iron legs, and a finished, drift wood top... (uhm, though I may need to use the installment plan..)

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Old 07-28-2014, 02:56 PM   #88
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I've been a high-end furniture maker for much of the last 10+ years. a very, very small sampling of the literally hundreds of objects I have made in that time that have sold for $1000's and $1000s, while I made around $20-$30/hr.














For a while, I was very much considering starting my own business doing that, but then I came to the realization that I HATE making furniture. I'm very good at it, but I really have no desire to continue with that path.

Thanks for the thought, though.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:44 PM   #89
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I came to the realization that I HATE making furniture. I'm very good at it, but I really have no desire to continue with that path.
I do page layout for a living. I earn a very nice salary and work in a low-pressure environment with flexible hours. It would be awesome if I didn't absolutely HATE staring at a computer screen for eight hours a day.
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:48 PM   #90
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While I'm in no way encouraging to continue a job that you HATE, I think that a job should put food on the table too and not absolutely fulfill all your dreams and expectations in life. It's pretty damn nice if it does both but don't put your expectations too high so the "dream" becomes a money pit.

It's what hobbies and side-line are for.
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