reply to post by dollukka
That is wrong. You have been brainwashed by the Occupy movement. What an absolutely hopeless statement. That line of thinking is killing the Us. I'm
not even from the Us and I can't stand to see what is happening to the minds there. And it is Not true. Most of the biggest successes in North
America started with nothing. They had drive and determination. They wanted it. They really wanted it. They wanted to make businesses and they did it.
It can be done. It has been done and it can be done over and over if people would grow a pair and be willing to make that happen. And there is such a
thing as supporting one and making it happen.
My husband started with nothing. Kicked out of an abusive home as a teen halfway through grade 12. We had 2 kids at 22 in a one bedroom apartment and
he worked part-time for a moving company while we had to collect welfare because he had lost his job in another town 400 miles away in a different
province. We took the kids, the beat up car, and our clothes and left. Got this small apartment in a mid size city. A few months later he lost his job
at the moving company because it was shut down because of zoning over where the owner had to park the truck. He couldn't afford to rent parking for
it elsewhere and gave up.
We thought, we fought, we ran out of money. My husband borrowed a half ton, went around to the moving companies former customers and asked if they
knew anyone who needed a mover. He went to other companies and asked for referals of the people they had to turn away once things get overbooked at
month end. He got references and referals. It built slow. We went without to make it grow.And by without I mean we ate just basics, and I had to send
my older daughters to my ex because we couldn't feed them. We didn't have anything nice for years. We bought our own old half ton with a 20ft
trailer and when he made enough for the down payment an old 26 ft moving van we got one and used both trucks and hired some guys. Our trucks were
crap, lol. But our business kept growing because my husband loved building that business and loved giving people the best service. He had to fire guys
on the job and carry the furniture himself sometimes and when a guy can and will carry a deepfreeze down the stairs alone to make sure the customer
gets their stuff word spreads.
I won't even go into how much we suffered for this business, but the fact we are still married is incredible.
When we got tire of owning a movie company we sold the trucks. My husband went into delivery instead of moving. This time we started with a better
truck, though still older. Upgraded it after 5 years for a better and then put on then another one, a brand new one, and hired another driver. When
our son turns 18 we will be putting one on for him. The upgraded truck we got in 2008. No one was giving loans to small business. He got micro loans
from friends and did renovating on the side to come up with the money. Paid the friends back with 10% interest within 6 months by working 14 hours a
day + a 45 minute commute each way.
It's not ideal work, I know but it will be something for our kids. Now that these trucks are making money my husband is getting into what he enjoys.
He has started an artistic business no one else around here is doing. He has 6 customers lined up for spring by showing samples as he delivers to
businesses. In spring we will put a driver in the truck he drives now and he will be semi-retired. He turns 40 next month and his back is wrecked. He
also owns a renovating business that he hasn't been working at because we wanted to stabilise the trucking first as it pays better, so he will do
some of that when he feels like it. That was also started with freebies and referrals and the wife's incredible computer skills learned freely online
through hundreds of hours of reading, learning and tweaking.
We had 1 family vehicle until I was 30 and decided I wanted one. I got 3 morning paper routes and jogged papers from 4 am until 7 am until I had the
money. Then my oldest daughter took the routes and while going to university also worked a few evenings a week in a care home until she had $10,000 in
savings. She took the next year off and worked full-time to come up with tuition. This year she is going full-time and works two days a week caring
for a disabled girl and casually in the care home on some weekends. She still has her original savings. We bought her a car when she started
university. This year she bought a second car so her boyfriend can drive her old one. This year he works full-time and goes to school part-time. Next
year they switch. They are 21. Between them they have $20,000 in the bank, 2 cars, they both have credit ratings in the 900s, credit cards with 0
balances and retirement funds set up for them and apparently she has one for me and my husband.