My problem was not getting cheated. Never happened. My problem was not lack of work. Shop was never empty. My problem was I laid awake at night worrying about whether the customer would understand the hours I had in converting a '53 f100 filler pipe to a gas door or similar modification.
For me, I decided the cars needed to be a hobby, not a career I went back to work for another company and back to being able to leave the job behind when I walked out the door.
It is odd how we all have different needs and goals for emotional satisfaction. I really admire the guys who own their own businesses but I don't envy them one bit.
John you're very correct. There is a lot to be said for working for someone else, and a lot to be said for not making your hobby your job. Certainly goes both ways, and depends on the individual. When I got out of the p&b business I hoped I'd never have to rely on it again. I was burnt out and underpaid both working for others and on my own. But i love to do it as a hobby and after a ten year hiatus I'm glad to be at it again. ...even though I said I wouldn't let my building become a dusty body shop, dang.
Just wanted to say thanks to all of you for the kind words and encouragement. Means a lot. I'm going to do it. Set a quit date of the first Friday in August. We'll see how it goes. I'll start a build thread for what I'm doing as well.
Those customers are out there, but you have to weed out the users to get to them. After a while it's not that hard to figure out what their intentions are, and if they are worth doing work for. I've had some that I have tried to run off that keep coming back, but I know what to expect from them, and I cut them zero slack. Sometimes they leave it, sometimes not, but cry about the price every time. I just explain this is a business, not a charity, and tell them I would rather sweep the floor (as shine has said) than do their stuff for free. I have so much free work to do of my own, I have to walk around the shop with blinders on. I have always tried to do the best quality work I knew how to do, and after screwing up every way possible (well almost, I know there are more out there), have learned a lot of what works and what doesn't, how to fix the things that didn't work, and constantly learn about new products and procedures. That is what is so great about this forum.There is a huge wealth of QUALITY information. I could have saved 35+ years of screw ups with the information available here