Hi everyone. I'm new to the forums, and have found a wealth of information, and have enjoyed reading the forums over the past month.
Question: I'm highly interested in opening a shop in the future. I don't want to be the big shop, but my son will be 15 soon, and in my mind I want to create that experience of owning a small business, working hard, learning a skill/trade together. I'd like to start with automotive, and progress into flat glass down the road. My first step would be to seek training, practice on as many cars as I can for 6 months until I feel like I can confidently handle "the public". I do have two friends in the industry whom I can utilize for support/help. My goal is to treat the trade with respect, and learn the skills necessary. I have a desire to become "the guy" in town that does Quality work, clean shop, professional environment etc.. I want to be able to perform jobs by hand, but I do also plan on using a plotter for efficiency (but I'm adimant on being able to not rely on a plotter, I respect the trade aspect of tinting). This is a dream of mine, I know its a hard business to get going with, and takes alot of practice to become "good". I'm willing to put in the time, and work.
Do you all have any constructive advice for me? I'm really curious what you all think & reccomend. I'm really serious about this. Its not so much about money, but more about my son & I starting something from nothing, and being able to share that experience.
About Me: I'm 42, I work for MIchelin/Sales. My first job at the age of 15 was working in a Tint Shop, a quality professional shop. I prepped windows after school, and on the weekends. Swept floors, and took all the abuse a 15 year old would around a group of seasoned tinters. The clicking noise of an Olfa Silver still brings nostalgia to me. My current career is fun, its dealing with Tire shops on the independent & national levels, I work close with FORD/GM & Chrysler-FCA dealerships working with Parts/Service & Bus. Ops. MGrs. Pay is decent, but involves driving 3000 miles per month. I've done this for almost 9 years now. I owned my own business (non automotive) for 9 years prior to my current role. Once my kids were born, insurance, and stability became priority. I'm approaching a point where I am willing to take a risk.
Yes I know some of you will make fun, point me in the other direction, or tell me I'm stupid....tell me to use the search feature. Just looking for your experiences.
Thanks in advance, I appreicate all the knowledge/humor and community I've found on here!