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"Do the job right, you won't have to come back.", Male, from Hoschton, GA
Semi-Retired business owner Jun 20, 2019
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When I was around 30 years old, my Mother died and Father, who was retired, started a flea market business to pay off his medical bills from Mom's disease.
- Business Owner, 360Sod, a turf grass company
He was constantly asking me to help him in his flea market business. I did help him, but hated every single minute of it and invested the minimum of myself into it. But Dad kept asking and I kept helping. Each time I'd help him, he'd show me different aspects of that business and I'd listen, though barely and with the minimum of my attention. And he kept repeating key aspects of the business, until in spite of myself, I'd absorbed the information. (And I didn't even realize I had!)
Fast forward 30 years. I was working in a hospital as a respiratory therapist when I got a call from my daughter my Father could no longer take care of himself. I had my son bring him to live with me and quit my job to take care of him full time, as he was not in good shape. I got him into better shape and we shared a last few years together before he passed away.
So I was left out of work and discovered I had contracted Psoriatal Arthritis, a crippling disease very similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis. I couldn't work in the hospital any more, I was broke from taking care of Dad and needed a way to make a living.
My wife worked in the Green Industry (She managed a retail nursery in Lawrenceville, GA.) so we had access to sod farms through her work, but the man she worked for was getting out of the business and she'd be out of work soon, so I had to act quickly so as not to be totally broke.
I had collected antique firearms for years and I sold two of them and bought two computers, a printer, accounting software, landscape design software and two phones. We built our own website for our business and used Craiglist and Facebook to advertise, as we could afford them. (They were free.)
My wife was scared to leave her job, so I opened the business by myself and ran it for three months alone. Finally, after three months, she realized it was now or never and I managed to talk her into working with me in the business. The business was a success and we've now been in business for 5 years. Our standard of living is more than triple what it was before we started the business. My wife answers the phone, handles the customers, schedules the sod deliveries (We sell sod turf grass, we do not install it.) and invoices customers. I pay the bills, do the more difficult sales and make the hard, ugly decisions when they need to be made. It works well for us.
And what made it all possible? My Dad, who proved why his generation is called the "Greatest Generation." Thank you Dad, if I could hug and kiss your face and tell you thank you today, I would.
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