The dreaded summer months are upon us. Thankfully the weather has been gracious so far, temps in the 90’s and actually this week they were much cooler…even had to wear a sweater a couple of times. We’ve also experienced a few random monsoonal rain storms, 3 in the past 6 weeks or so. That’s unheard of around here…so its been an interesting summer. Next week the forecast says the temperatures will go back up and we will be seeing a few days in the triple digits.
I haven’t blogged for awhile because we have been very busy with the band, and also dealing with some financial set-backs. Its always a challenge living in the country. The critters are terrible right now. I discovered that it was actually ground squirrels who were eating my geraniums, BUT the rabbits are getting up into the engines of our vehicles and chewing on wires…costing us hundreds of dollars in repairs. I put the pressure on my husband to start cleaning out the garage so we can park the cars in there. Its just too costly to leave them outside, and frustrating. In the past 6 weeks we have also lost two computers and we just don’t have the money to replace them right now. Its just been bad timing as my husband is struggling in his job. Things are really tight.
That being said, we sat down the other night and discussed serious business. It is really time for my husband to break away from his company and start his own. We love his employer, they have been REALLY good to us, but they are pushing him to sell higher end equipment, which of course is more expensive with a lower profit margin. He literally spends months and months on a project only to be disappointed when the customer decides they can find a cheaper solution or they just plain don’t have the money. What’s selling now are more localized wireless products, and my husband wants to focus on those brands…its where the money is, plain and simple. Unfortunately he can’t just tell his employer that’s ALL he wants to sell, so he is putting together his own business model with a partner. Since our new company would be based in California instead of being a national company…our insurance will be lower. Also if we set it up as an S-Corp we can protect ourselves financially. Its scary, but its also empowering. Right now we feel so helpless and frustrated. For now it is all in the planning stages. Our partner is setting up the corporation and my husband is planting seeds and having conversations with some of his connections. Eventually he will talk to his employer about the possibility of becoming a contractor for them instead of any employee…keeping all the relationships intact, and perhaps being more cost effective for everyone down the road.
Not only would this be good for my husband, (and potentially our income)…but it would also be very good for me. I have always wanted to run a family business. I think I would be good at it, and it would force me to learn new things and build confidence (and maybe even a thicker skin). Eventually I am hoping I can do that full time and quit my winery job. I would run bookkeeping and marketing. I am also thinking we would involve my son and teach him a trade. Family business. win/win.
Staying at home would also allow me to spend more time on the property, and maybe even hire someone to help us out and keep things cleaned up. Owning property is a HUGE responsibility. Trees, weeds, erosion, irrigation, pests & wildlife…its an undertaking. We did ok our first few years here because I was at home and my husband’s business was not so time consuming. We could weed, mow, plant, repair, and garden…now we have time for none of that. Its tough.
For now, we are just doing what we can. Our winter forecast predicts a lot of rain due to el nino…we seriously need to prepare for that. Our door frames are compromised due to termite damage, so when it rains, the water comes inside. We need weather stripping in the garage too. OH! Speaking of garage, my husband DID clean it out today and plans on organizing his tools next weekend. YAY!