So you come here looking for advice and encouragement. Sorry you went through the ordeal after the accident. Okay now back to business. First thing that came to mind when I was reading through your post was that you're working 7 days a week. Quit that. You'll burn out and turn the business into the manager of your life and that aint healthy by any means. Sometimes in business you have to learn to say no to a customer and even turn down a job. It's a hard pill to swallow and many things can come into play as to why you should do that. One being you're already overextending yourself, you can't do it all. That causes stress. Another being the person that wants you to do something is one of those that can't be pleased and will bad mouth you from now on. Even God himself can't please that person.
Another one. This is huge!!!!!! I mean huge. Just becuase the bank will loan you the money to buy or do something does not make it a wise decision. I know you may think you have to have it and can't get along without it but sometimes we have to farm work out to another shop till we can afford to get that equipment that allows us to do it in house. The less money you can borrow in life the better. Tear the credit card up to, use a debit card. Don't allow yourself to run up that account with the steel supplier and find they NEED to carry you another month. Watch your spending and try to keep enough money in your account to cover expenses in case you don't get paid in time. It happnes. Dave Ramsey is right...cash is king!
You have someone that knows you that is plenty mature that you can bounce ideas off of? You need that. As you know we're not always right. Poor choices can take you down, and often will.
By now you may be thinking I'm ignorant or being hard on you. I could see why you'd think that. You may even think I'm trying to discourage you but that's where you're wrong. Here's why. I have core beliefs and part of those is my knowing that when this country was founded it was by people that had dreams of being free and not dependant on others. Maybe that strkes a cord with you, I hope so. This can't be about money, it has to be about a deep desire that you can't explain but for those of us that have walked this life we know. You have to get beyond yourself too. If God blesses you with prosperity then share it. You fab stuff, well there's folks that can't and maybe some Boy Scout group or local VFW Post needs something made and there's your chance to shine. To offer your skill to them free. Yes free. Choose your own place to offer this service but by all means do so. Not only is it good for them but it is you too.
Now back to American! Let's see. Eliphat Remington started making rifles for his friends in his dad's barn. That's where Remington Arms got started. I see a similiar trait here....you started in the garage. How many times did the Wright brothers fail before they flew their airplane? George Washington Carver took the plain old peanut and fed millions after the Civil War. These people had dreams and you do too. That's one of the things this nation is famous for. Now you want to be a part of that. Do so with pride and honor. I firmly belive it's the will of God for us to excell with the skill we have. We live where we can pursue that, athough it's under assualt. Defend "MADE IN USA"!!!! Make what you do the very best. It's being a true American! We owe it to those before us and those that follw to do our best.
I walked away from the steady paycheck June 2nd 2000 and have been glad ever since. There's been tough times and will be more. You will have plenty. Stay humble. You asked for help here. Good idea. I offer what help I can be to you. You'll find out what help all of use can provide on your own, just get to know us. Finally I wish you the very best in your business. I hope it supplies your finacial needs. I hope it is a blessing to not only you but others. Make time away from it for Danny though. You're young and maybe not married but someday you might be. Balance it out, it can be done trust me. I'm here if you ever need anything, just ask.