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BadMoon    Posted 06-01-2003 at 02:42:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got laid off friday after 14+years. Looking for ideas about self employment-Any ideas? I'm in Northeast Mississippi/journeyman tool&die maker/Master machinist/55 yrs old. Thought about a small machine shop and welding repair. After checking on some machinery w/tooling, I guess that is out, can't afford the machines plus not a big demand for work here. Thought about doing outside work-Any input would be appreciated.

Taylor Lambert    Posted 06-03-2003 at 18:17:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Badmoon I just saw your post about the Axing Ill talk to Stevie Lovelace, hes been trying to get me to go to a place in Mantachie. If i get another week like last week in the shop id be glad to trade cash for your machinist knowlege. I got covered up between 2 backhoes jobs my regualar dozer job and some portable welding. And had to let my lathe and patternburner lay idle with 4 good projects laying around. I got a Cincinatti radial arm drill comming in this week and maybe a Bridgeport to. Hope it works out for ya Taylor Lambert

DeadCarp    Posted 06-01-2003 at 07:37:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
First of all activity: I remember what Maggie Coventry used to say - she never worked out and one time my ex mentioned that staying home was boring - well, Maggie lit into her and said "Don't let me hear that "boring" businesss - There's ALWAYS something to do, in fact too much!" So never worry about nothing to do, even though some of it only pays in hugs. :)
Now the income part - welding's a profitable talent - so's machining. For example i'd sure like to know a place to get axles shortened around here - have these visions of assembling an indestuctible garden tractor :) BTW, tractors haven't disappeared atall - some have just matured
into huge diesel fire-breathing monsters and the other half has shrunken enough to fit into back yards. And by the time you list trenching and tilling and wood splitting and snow handling and all the things that could be done with a garden tractor, your next job might be sitting there waiting for you. :)

Hey BadMoon ............J    Posted 06-01-2003 at 13:14:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a large hydrostatic drive with an axle that looks like it came from a small car. Its yours if you want it.

BadMoon    Posted 06-01-2003 at 09:02:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Dead Carp, appreciate the come back. You are right, there are plenty of things to do. Some times a hug is payment enough. Hope your day is filled with happiness & health. Thanks, BadMoon

Jimbob    Posted 06-01-2003 at 07:06:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got the axe after 17 years last November. I was ready to get away from travel all over the US anyways. I am selling real estate. Living in some of the most desirable vacation area in the midwest, it is performing during these tough times.

I also repair guitar amps, perform repairs for elderly persons that own rentals. Gross income is less than I had, but everything was paid off last summer, thus the quality of life has improved. We live the same as before. There is a reason for everything, I have a better situation than I had before.

I knew a welder that was laided off. He started building flat bed light trailers & does well with them.

BadMoon    Posted 06-01-2003 at 09:23:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Jimbob, Thanks. Sounds like you are a master of many talents! Several of us tool makers was cut, one with 26 years. So I am not the lone duck in the lake. I have got to adjust to a different way of life. Over the last 25+years I have accumilated over $10,000 worth of hand tools, tool boxes, precision tools, indicators an not to mention several tools I made to get the job done. I'll make it, I just got to find my niche. Thanks for your words of encouragement, BadMoon.

Keep your chin up.    Posted 06-01-2003 at 06:51:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
The trick is to put your wits to work. You got the smarts and talent to make a go of it. Can't do the kind of work you have been doing if you are a dummie! Keep your thinking hat on. You'll pull through this. Best wishes- a friend

BadMoon    Posted 06-01-2003 at 09:29:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Friend, your words of encouragement "You'll pull through this" is what I'll go for. Can't back step now. Thanks again, Badmoon

Ben There    Posted 06-01-2003 at 04:10:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not fun,but basics can buy yer beans,Lawn care and yardwork,particulary for the elderly.Service jobs,cleaning out garages,attics,sheds.With your skills,vocational schools may take you on as part-time instructor/aide.Teaching degree usually not required for such.Have a hobby?Make it a paying one.Check around,often companies subcontract short run/limited production out to bidders rather than train/support employees.You don't necessarily need a shop full of new equiptment to get started,a simple shortbed lathe or a Bridgeport type machine can bring money in if folks"know" you've got it,ie:I needed a 10 inch shaft made awhile back 3/4 stock,keyway on one end,snap ring grove on the other,Local "big shop" wanted appx $60...neighbors "basement" shop made me the part for $20 time + my stock,not a big money job but old feller likes to"keep his hand in" and the $$ goes toward new bits/mills etc....If your health is good,advertise your availabilty for helping with odd jobs etc.The more folks you meet and know,the more folks that know your situation and help keep an eye out for a "real" job.Also check or your states employment opportunities sites.My state has an online site for displaced workers to file resume,jobs sought online and for employers to use to find experienced workers....Just some pointers as these times can be traumatic.And one final note,If you find yourself getting depressed,frustrated...see your doctor,this experience can tear you up badly,Dr can help you get thru it.

BadMoon    Posted 06-01-2003 at 08:54:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Ben There, Your email is a comfort. Health is good so, if I seem to get a little depressed, I'll get the ol cane pole, can of night crawlers, coke a pack of nabs and head to the rivers edge. That is a therapy that will clear any mind. Thanks again, BadMoon

bob    Posted 06-01-2003 at 19:07:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Badmoon sometimes thesem setbacks are a blessing in disguise. Maybe you will bring to life a hidden talent or something that you never thought was in the works. Might be a little time but I feel in the enfd you will have bettered yourself. Keep up the soirt and health and things will be good .Wish you the best bob

Clod    Posted 06-02-2003 at 18:16:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bad Moon.You have one of the better trades.If you could only get the lathe and the other machinery I think you could do best with what you know.I have several trades,But A machinist is one I wish I knew well.Welding is one more folks learn but useful to guess is that the area you live in is not booming economically but always consider that if you could create and build products you dream up,You could sell them online nationally.And that is my idea of how a person could live out of the big cities and make a decient living.But I would try oil and farm related areas to see if you can find work in the trade you know best.I have had things done by machine/fabrication shops.I suspect they make money by the bills i had to pay for the work.Good luck friend. I am not in the chips now either but I have seen worse and better,I just keep my faith that things will improve.

Clod    Posted 06-02-2003 at 18:39:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I sappose Bad Moon is not the only out of work.I know I have been out of work many times in my life as I am single and have no kids to feed,Sometimes I just stop doing the thing I was doing to go look for better opprotunities.This IS America and we are not assigned jobs by far away beauricrats,We find our own trades and design our own futures.But there are times we run into or on top of mean ole Mr Poverty.He can be a big bad guy if you do not learn how to fend against him.ECONOMY is a word he fears most. I think we should open a HOW TO GET BY CHEAP POST HERE. Here is a start.What I do>> There must be three versions of Dollar Stores,But I try all of them.I get my coffee and most other things there cheaper.Though It is not deluxe brands,It is fine with me. Like I get a box of rice,Cook it add butter/sugar and that keeps me alive.

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