That’s never a good way to start off a blog post, but with a grand total of five posts since June 2016, you’d be forgiven for thinking as much. The last three posts, from just over a year ago, were in reference to the workshop that I was planning to build. If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that the workshop has been “finished” since earlier this year. I’m pleased with it.
Okay, that’s a bit of an understatement. For more than a year, I poured sweat and stolen hours into the shop. Milled thousands of feet of oak, pine, and poplar. Built trusses, doors, and repaired vintage windows. Hammered nails until my shoulder throbbed and then kept hammering. This shop is the culmination of years of work and planning, and I’m damn proud of it. There are still a few projects (insulation, interior paneling, and stairs) to work on before I can remove those quotation marks around the word “finished”, but at least my tools and workbench have a home.
The big news today – and the reason for the re-emergence of my blog – is to announce a change in my life that will afford me a bit more time to actually use this shop, and (fingers crossed) possibly even a couple hours each week to keep this blog updated. That’s right. Beginning this week, I leave behind the cozy comfort of gainful employment and begin anew as a “business owner”. I’ll still be working about 3 days a week as a contractor for my former employer – and only one day a week at the office – which feels like a good balance to me. I quite enjoy the work that I do there, but I less enjoy being tethered to a desk for 45 hours a week.
My new life as a “business owner” gives me a laundry list of new obligations: quarterly taxes and accounting; marketing and business development; and perhaps most intimidating, learning to make things out of wood for profit and not merely for pleasure. I realize there is often a disconnection between “what I want to make” and “what someone will pay me to make”. I hope to bridge that gap over time. Meanwhile, my risk-averse wife would kindly appreciate your positive thoughts as I recklessly throw our steady, predictable life into utter disarray.