I just recently started a home repair business. It’s really a part time business that I do after I get home from my full time job. The work I look for is typically small jobs repairing drywall, painting, fixing leaky faucets and stuff the professionals don’t really want to be bothered with. Although I have run into bigger jobs that I sometimes call a friend of mine to help (he is a carpenter).
What I’ve been running into since I started this venture (which is going on 3 months) is all the negative responses I get from different people, most of them you know and trust. You know what I’m saying, “your crazy for wanting to start a business, your not going to get rich and it’s stress full” or ” why waste your time, you have a good job now” and bla bla bla. I’m sure all you business owners heard it all before too. In fact even my wife,( who doesn’t come out and say anything bad, but doesn’t really show any kind of support) seems to be on the negative side.
I have my reasons for doing this and it’s not to become rich, I think one reason is I like to do things with my hands and I think the other reason is I get a sense of pride with accomplishing something. I don’t get that kind of fulfillment from my full time job.
How did or do you guys get around all the negatively? I’m a pretty optimistic guy by nature, but when you seem to get no support from no one it tends to eat at you. My friend (the carpenter) doesn’t say too much about what I’m doing (negative or positive) I think he wants me to do what I want without having to put his .02 cents in and figure it out for myself.
I posted this topic on another forum and had people tell me their horror stories too. I did however met a friend from Minnesota who gives me advice and encouraging words too. Any advice or story would be helpful. It’s hard enough doing things with positive people around you. The negatives make it 5 times harder.