Life's to short, you got to find something better for yourself.Honestly, I am just sick of working for the man. I am in my mid-30's and if it wasn't for health insurance and my 401K match I would cut grass for a living.
Dealing with moronic project engineers, unreasonable PM's, un-realistic deadlines, small margins, battling change orders and overruns on budgets is starting to drive me out of my mind.
I have invested the last 17 years into a profession that is and always will be the redheaded stepchild of the engineering world. Its no longer rewarding to me. My 1 day of PTO was denied for the 4th of July weekend as well, which I though was real cute.
20 more years and I am DONE. I will no longer answer to any man. I dont care if I have to live in a tent. I am done at 55 and the company will come get thier stuff from my house if they want it.
Hunting and fishing has always been my passion. Unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills on the east coast.
I should have taken that Oil and Gas job in Gillette WY when I had the chance but I couldn't afford to live there.........That was 13 years ago.
My Dad owned a gun shop many years ago. In my opinion you need to offer more than any of the big box stores. The biggest problem around here is finding a good gunsmith. If a gun shop owner could offer the space for a 'smith to operate out of his shop, I believe you could do well. I know most of the 'smiths have an FFL and sell guns, but they have to do a lot of bookkeeping and it keeps them from working on guns.I made a career change 2 years ago. I spent about 24 years working in management at a Paper Mill holding many different positions over the years. I had an opportunity to switch to basically a consultant for a chemical company servicing the Paper Mills in the area. While it has turned out to be a great decision, I would really like to own and operate a sporting goods store. Sitting around talking about guns all day is right up my alley. I realize that there is much more to operating a retail business than that, but it's my dream and I only want to focus on the positives.
I got an FFL as soon as I turned 21 hoping someday to open a shop. During the Clinton administration the ATF started increasing the requirements and after 3 years when it came time to renew my license I let it go. They pretty much scared me out of it, a decision I have regretted ever since. Anyway, it is almost impossible to compete with the big boys on pricing when it comes to firearms. You really need to offer something unique like you mentioned. Either gunsmithing or something custom that resonates with your local community.My Dad owned a gun shop many years ago. In my opinion you need to offer more than any of the big box stores. The biggest problem around here is finding a good gunsmith. If a gun shop owner could offer the space for a 'smith to operate out of his shop, I believe you could do well. I know most of the 'smiths have an FFL and sell guns, but they have to do a lot of bookkeeping and it keeps them from working on guns.
That's why young retirees often keep working doing "their passion". I did a lot of leather work, stock making and and making knives after I retired.I also really wanted to be a gunsmith when I was young.
Bottom line is that when a person is used to making good money its hard to chase a passion that doesn't pay the bills let alone save for retirement.
The early 80s were a great time to be a fur buyer, that's when I first started trapping around 1982. I still cannot believe the prices we got for furs back then compared to now. I bet that job was a blast.In my past life I was a fur buyer and I loved it, but the stock market crash of '87 (etal) put an end to the fur market, probably forever. My job for the last 20 years has allowed me to see the entire US, CA and much of the world for which I'm thankful for...but it's just a job. I wish I was still buying fur.