Over the past nine years, I have been working at a small HVAC repair company.
The owner of the business is an older guy that decided to retire six months ago. When he retired, his son took over the business and changed a lot of things. My fellow employees and I were receiving benefits like medical, dental, and a 401k. The new owner decided to change our schedule so we no longer qualified for benefits. Since we weren’t scheduled for full-time hours, the guy didn’t have to pay us benefits like insurance and pension. I honestly thought about quitting when I heard the news, but there aren’t very many heating and AC repair companies in the small town where I live. I decided to make it work so I didn’t go without a job. I found a way to make more money on the weekends. I put an advertisement online on Facebook and Craigslist. I advertised my services as a certified HVAC repair person. I offered my services at a much lower rate than the company was charging. I started making three or four hundred extra dollars every weekend. It’s been steady for a while now and I’m starting to think that I might have a future starting a business of my own. I could be the competitor that puts this guy out of business. I have good relationships with a couple of the commercial property owners that I serviced. I haven’t offered them an alternative, but I think it might be time to go public with my side business.