Tuesday, January 26, 2016
You may not know that a few years ago we owned a small shop in the city that sold handbags and women's accessories. It was fun to buy for the shop and to meet people and sell items. Tourism really slowed in the city and sales dropped, the girls were busier with their other jobs, and I still had three kids at home who needed me. So we closed the store.
Tim worked for over 20 years at a local printing company that is the largest in the world. He was a skilled machinist and did repairs to presses, and made parts. A few years ago, their weekend schedules changed and he had then to work every other weekend. That meant working 12 days to get 2 days off. Not fun. Hard to be a part of church and the family. His shifts changed every 5 weeks as well, so he was working either 8am - 4pm, 4pm-12am, 12am-8am.
Tim has a gift for service and he's loyal. He was comfortable working there, but overtime, God was leading him down a path that he would never have chosen for himself. Self Employment.
He has lots of skills, and has spent years quietly helping others with home improvement projects, repairs, changing peoples brakes, yard work. The list could go on, and he always did it free of charge. He wasn't sure how to make it into a viable business that could provide for his family.
A friend of ours grew up in a highly entrepreneurial family and owns a septic installation business. He mentioned to Tim that he could teach him how to do inspections on septic systems. So Tim started to learn that and then took a PSMA certification course and started to sub contract for our friend.
Now he is focusing on building his business here in Lancaster County, though he still will do inspections in other counties when needed.
He has an official business card.
And a Facebook page for his business. A regular website will be coming soon. He is in the process of contacting realtors and getting the word out about his business.
If you have FB feel free to drop by his page and give it a like! If you live locally and need an inspection, give him a call to schedule one today!
Prayers for this venture would be greatly appreciated, too! It's a huge step of faith. God has been faithful to meet all our needs. This next month could be very slow but the weather is warming up again next week and we are hopeful that the work will pick up!
Do any of you have your own businesses? Any stories to share?