Everybody put your hands to your cheeks and scream!!!!! Come on…let me hear you.
Ok…I know you didn’t scream, but I shall continue anyway.
My Hub and I are officially business owners. We are opening an automotive and production machine shop. We have never owned our own business.
Take a moment and let that soak in. If you’re not scared, I can tell you that I’m scared enough for both of us. I’m also very excited. So is Michael.
Here’s the history of our venture.
Back in May of 2012, Michael found some machining equipment for a good price close to our home. We purchased it.
The equipment has been in our shop and he’s been doing odd jobs for friends. It would be illegal for us to run a legit business out of our back yard because of zoning.
The only way to use the equipment and make any real money would be in a building that’s not in our yard somewhere in the public eye. We’ve been talking about finding a building and getting set up for months.
Anyway, a couple weeks ago, Clay left for his evening run. He called shortly after he left and said “I found the perfect building”.
As it turned out, Michael and I thought it was perfect too. It has highway frontage, it’s close to our house, and it meets all the requirements needed for a machine shop.
I’ve spent the last week making phone calls, getting insurance quotes, working with the bank, and having meetings with Rogers County Industrial Development.
All the paperwork and details are coming together so Michael moved the big equipment this weekend.
This machine is WAY heavier than it looks. It’s awkward and hard to move. Michael asked for help from his dad and our brother-in-law Morgan. Our boys had to work.
Morgan should be part owner of the business because he helped move this equipment both times. He told me yesterday that “moving that equipment the first time took a few years off his life”.
We used a different method to move it this time and it was much easier.
I like to use the word “we” even though I didn’t help at all.
Here is the front of our building. I didn’t take a picture of the entire building because we don’t have our sign up yet.
They are trying to figure out the best way to unload.
This is the first piece of equipment going in our building.
I was so panicked while watching that I eventually had to leave. I was so afraid they were going to tip the machine or smash a foot or finger.
Since this picture was taken yesterday, the shop is almost filled up with tools, tables, and machines. After the sign goes up, and everything is organized, I will post an update with more details.
This week will be very busy.
That’s all for now.