In other news, I’m self-employed now, running a computer repair business. It’s been less than two weeks since I left my last (and first… almost five years) job, but I’m already averaging about as much income as I had before, even considering that I’ll be paying taxes on what I make and the running costs of business.
I’ve built myself a website with hosting and a nifty domain with email forwarding, bought a pair of car magnets, got all of the fancy papers and legal stuff sorted out, and had a bunch of spiffy business cards of my own design printed (with a new, improved design on the horizon… more on that later, maybe).
I already had most of the tools one would need to do most kinds of computer house-calls, but ordered a few ‘upgrades’ that I’ll be able to trust more than a few specific, older tools that I wouldn’t trust on anything I didn’t own. (My old job never supplied me with any tools, but I had most of these things well before that, too.)
All things considered, I’ll have plenty of time to focus on my (continuing) college classes, I won’t need too much work to maintain my ability to pay for my own college education (not a penny of college debt yet, and I’m proud of that!), and I’m already well beyond halfway to breaking even after my first two jobs.
Apparently it’s typical for many small businesses to take three years before they break even, if they ever do at all… I didn’t know that until today. I don’t need a storefront, I have no employees to pay, and I didn’t need much in the way of tools & supplies, so my starting costs were low and my running costs are close to nothing, but still… I’m already doing quite well for myself!
I’m not sure if I’ll ever put my website URL on this blog, though… it would help the Google rankings, but I feel that I’d lose some of the freedom to express myself on a personal level here when it relates to business matters, and personal expression is really the whole point of having this blog. I certainly never intended to ‘tumbl’ anything… I started this blog before I realized what Tumblr really was, and now I just deal with it.
On a similar note, I only ever give out links to this blog to people I really trust, and usually only in relevant situations to illustrate a point or project. I don’t anticipate any issues with this personal blog mixing into my now-professional life, but I feel it’s better that I clarify this anyways… even if only for myself.
Other people finding this from wherever you came from are welcome, too! I know they pass through here every now and then… please, do feel free to send me a message thing if you find one of my posts helpful. I know I’ve had a number of hits for Sansa Fuze line-out -related stuff already, and… hey, I can be curious, right?