Post by ~BD~ Post by Dustin
Being my own boss for a small computer
outfit isn't all that fun, no. Only one of me, and I have to do the
paperwork and the service calls when I get em.:)
As an IFA, I dealt with many folk who had been great working at
their own specific skill (plumber, electrician, carpenter,
plasterer, car mechanic etc) for an employer - who paid them
regularly come rain or shine.
I didn't work at a large company where I was just an employee number. I
was responsible for the paperwork side of things as well. I knew how to
do invoices, payroll, all of it.
Post by ~BD~
Filled with enthusiasm they'd one day decide to 'go it alone' and
they would set up their own small business - but without doing all
the proper research and/or training first.
Not in this case. I routinely spoke with our vendors and ordered the
parts I needed. I'd seek out new accounts for retail resale if I liked
the product and/or tool they offered. It was a small 4 person shop,
David; everybody chipped in all aspects of it. Our boss didn't have
"his eyes only" stuff anywhere. We were trusted and provided with the
tools and software (legally) we might need. Anytime I sampled a piece
of software and liked it, we'd purchase a commercial license for it.
Post by ~BD~
Very often their working hours doubled ..... and often for less
monetary reward than before! It's the 'paperwork' that's the real
killer if I understood things correctly! It's certainly no easy path
to tread but I'm sure it must be rewarding in many other ways.
In this case, it's more an economics issue than anything else really. I
don't carry much inventory, as well, other than a few items, not
everything is compatable or in much call for everything else. And, the
prices drop; so if I buy a specific power supply today for.. say, 40
dollars; it might be available online a month from now for half of
that. Obviously, I can't beat newegg or something, so I'd be stuck with
a product I can't get rid of without taking a loss. I'm an honest
It's the same issues we had at the store I worked at. Some items could
sit on a shelf for years before we'd finally sell it; sometimes for
next to nothing. lol.
The other primary issue is that I don't do much yellowpages advertising
or such and I'm not willing to drive too far out of state or say, 100
miles one way from my house. So, I turn down some service calls. My
business advertising is word of mouth via happy customers.
Unfortunatly; some of their friends live a good ways down the road.
lol. I don't bill for driving time. IE: I start to bill you from the
time I arrive in your driveway, I don't think it's fair I charge you to
drive to your house; although this is something not everyone sees the
same way. Many people do charge from the time they leave.
And, as I'm out to survive and not become rich doing it; I don't screw
you over either. If I only punch a few keys and your system comes back
to life and it doesn't really have a problem, I'll probably charge you
$20 to cover whatever fuel I spent. I could charge you the full first
hour sure, but.. I do have ethics.
Post by ~BD~
PS A wife often takes away much of the paperwork burden! ;-)
Oh no they don't. That's like someone coming into this room and
"cleaning" or "straightening up" one of these desks. Those pieces of
paper contain useful information; and I know where everything is.
Hackers are generally only very weakly motivated by conventional
rewards such as social approval or money. They tend to be attracted by
challenges and excited by interesting toys, and to judge the interest
of work or other activities in terms of the challenges offered and the
toys they get to play with.