You long time followers know the scoop.
Long story short we once had a rockin’ rather successful painting/faux finishing biz. Enter 2007 and POOF! Phone stopped ringing (as it did for so many across the country).
Struggle, struggle, struggle.
Late 2009 phone rings. It’s a large midwest grocery delivery company wanting to hire Joel. He learned to drive a 25 foot truck, learned his way thru every nook and cranny of downtown Chicago. We learned to live without him from noon til midnight five days a week.
He developed bags under his eyes.
I sprouted way too many gray hairs.
Paycheck to paycheck with painting on the side.
Well. We are entrepreneurs at heart. Praying for a way for him to get back to something to make him feel respectable and something to bring him back home to the dinner table with us. We miss him so much.
Going back to manual labor wasn’t inspiring either of us. Before we know it Joel will be fifty. He’s been in the trades since he was sixteen. It wears on the body.
Back and forth. Multiple conversations, until suddenly it came to us. Why not re-open the business with a new name and a new game… a new modus aperandi if you will…
The thing he does so well… it allows him to work 50% from home… it’s not back breaking…
Painting kitchen cabinets. And not just painting them but tricking them out to look like something out of a magazine!!! He is SO good at it!!! After all, that was his handywork too that appeared in those all books and magazines I was featured in a couple of years ago.
So, I give you:
He’s gonna tear it up on Facebook, Craigslist, we are tricking out the vehicles, spreading the word and we’re even going door to door with the kids once the weather suits.
We are pretty pumped. And I feel relief coming for Joel. He will give his notice as soon as we have a certain amount of jobs booked on the calendar. (He will still do “regular painting” as requested but our MAIN focus will be cabs.) We are praying this was his last winter driving and delivery as it’s grueling work in the snow. In and out of a truck, carrying boxes of groceries up three flights of stairs, 6, 7 and 8 times per delivery. It was a blessing when we got the job, it bailed us out but we’ve outgrown it. The time has come.
So…. if you are in the following areas we’d love to make over YOUR kitchen cabs:
For those out of state jobs Joel will bid your job via email and he’ll make up a sample and send it out for you to approve. For now, if you’ll go “LIKE” his new business on Facebook that would be SO appreciated. (I’ll be back to Facebook after Lent). And spread the word. He’s got a generous referral program too:)
I’m excited for him.
I’m excited for the kids to have him tuck them in again.
Shoot – I’m excited for ME! Just to sit with him in the evenings again. To watch the sun go down together. To have that relief of another adult around during dinner, bath and bedtime. Sigh… This will help me be able to think about getting back to my magazine too!
Some of you pray for us so we appreciate your prayers and anything you can do to help us spread the word.
On the gardening from we’ve got four loads of mutlch for the “Back to Eden” style gardening. Greenhouse is in full swing and it’s 43 degrees here today. We’re getting somewhere aren’t we???