Thursday, November 26, 2009

Making Plans

I said I was going to talk about the handyman and I am. Now I have nothing against employers, no ifs ands or buts. Right now though it has come to my attention that the powers that be have admitted, tentatively that we are in an economic depression. Who can blame them. Depression is a dirty word, but let's face it, it's a fact of life right now. Forewarned is forearmed and we all need as much information as we can get to help us out. There are six unemployed for every job opening right now nationwide, but Michigan is no doubt worse. Facts are facts, life is tough; we need to get through it.

What I'm saying goes for me. With these statistics staring at me and every other person looking for a job, the message is clear. We all have to eat. We all need a place to sleep and the bills aren't going away just because we're not working. Back in the Great Depression (What was so great about it anyway?) people sold apples, cleaned, my grandmother's dad lived in houses and fixed them up for a place to stay. I know of a gentleman who has to live in vacant houses while he's fixing them up (something I could do if I was single and no kids).

My mother considers me to be the smartest person she knows. But trying to run headlong in the rat race may or may not work. I respect that; it's something all of us have to live and deal with lest depression befall you. Many of us have spent a lot of time and money retraining lately seemingly to no avail. Lest I make the mistake of the blind leading the blind, let me say that I've made a lot of mistakes and have no easy answers for all the world's problems. Only Jesus knows this and He's going to be taking the throne soon. Sigh.

However, this is an opportunity for everyone to reevaluate themselves. Hard times always are. I've wanted to be a management consultant and still do. I've done heating and cooling work a total of 11 years. I passed the NATE certification with moderate effort. I've found that getting a mechanical license is $25 for an unlimited amount of exams, $50 toward the construction lien recovery fund and $75 for the license itself. Less money than the $250 or so I spent on the NATE certification.

As much as we probably don't need another aspiring contractor in the ranks, this is something I'm considering. I have no payroll and though I will need a few tools and a van, it is something doable. I have no delusions of grandeur here either, but I know there are a lot of customers in the area that can't afford to pay overhead and go without heat, or have to replace a furnace because the repair bill would be too high. This is something I'm contemplating if I don't find a job soon. Like the character Benny in Total Recall, "I've got X kids to feed." Maranatha!

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