Handed An Opportunity....But Scared To Take it.

js250 js250
My hubby and I were just handed an opportunity to land the side job of a lifetime. All it would take is a new hitch and trailer--we would be back to making the income we lost when the economy crashed and get to travel occasionally to boot!! (Yes, it is completely legitimate, offered to us because of our clean driving records, early arrival times and through the company he already contracts with for building jobs.)

We are scared of the changes we would have to make in our current life, the time we would potentially be gone from home (one-two weeks per month) and leaving my retail business in the hands of someone else while we are gone.

The benefits would be a very good income, traveling, potential for a more lucrative and exclusive career and adding another business to replace one I am currently phasing out over time.

What would you do--why?
06/03/2013
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LoveBug721 LoveBug721
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
My hubby and I were just handed an opportunity to land the side job of a lifetime. All it would take is a new hitch and trailer--we would be back to making the income we lost when the economy crashed and get to travel occasionally to boot!! (Yes, it ... More
I'd take it life's full of suprises
06/03/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
DO IT, WOMAN!!!!!
06/03/2013
asphyxia asphyxia
Wow! Sounds like there are a lot of good reasons to take the job, as well as good reasons not to! LOL!

Personally, I'm too much of a control freak and would never be able to turn over a business to someone else... unless that person was my husband because he is the ONLY person I would trust.

Traveling would be a problem for us as well because I'm a student and I can't leave during the semester, AND we have dogs and cats that need to be taken care of. There's no one I trust to take care of them either... had a VERY bad experience at a boarding kennel once, and boarding is extremely expensive! It costs more per night to board our dogs than it does to rent a hotel room for humans!

That said, if I wasn't in school, we didn't have our menagerie, and I was planning on phasing out my business, I would probably jump on the opportunity to make more money (to pay down credit cards) and see our beautiful country. I would temporarily shut down the business during trips, or move it online, if that's possible.
06/03/2013
Edeneve Edeneve
is he the only that will be getting an income?
06/03/2013
Kissy Kissy
I think the opportunity sounds awesome! Can't you always go back if for some reason it doesn't work out as planned? Adventure!!
06/03/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
DO IT, WOMAN!!!!!
This. There is absolutely no reason not to, even if it doesn't work out the contacts you'll have made will be a great asset.
06/04/2013
MrWill MrWill
No one wants to look back and wonder what could have been, what should have been, what might have been.

Get the trailer, get the hitch, and then get on it!!
06/04/2013
js250 js250
So---what happens when I am driving with a 36' trailer loaded with a couple thousand pounds of logs and I wipe them out??? A loss off about 1/2-3/4 million dollars, and the trailer, and the truck, and my hubby, and me, and the dogs, and the other people on the road and....

Okay--I am freaking out a bit. I drive all the time with our cycle trailer, just not something as long as a semi trailer loaded with half a log home. We have the truck and hitch, are getting the big trailer but I am really not sure of the actual driving with the trailer--and yes--I would have to drive! The only way we can make this work good is for us to split driving time...

AND--I really do not know if I can deal with not being hands on with the retail business. I was going to sell it but that is different than being responsible for it and trusting someone else to run it properly...

You know, I feel better now...but still do not know if it is a good idea or if I am just a bit scared.
06/04/2013
MrWill MrWill
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Originally posted by js250
So---what happens when I am driving with a 36' trailer loaded with a couple thousand pounds of logs and I wipe them out??? A loss off about 1/2-3/4 million dollars, and the trailer, and the truck, and my hubby, and me, and the dogs, and the other ... More
JS250,
First: Take a few deep breaths. Do some soul searching, have a deep conversation with hubby. Find out if it is something either or both of you really want to do.


Second: Make sure whoever you are hauling for secures the load, and have them sign a liability waiver. If they secure the load and sign, and the stuff comes loose... that is on them.

Third: Get a laptop with a decent webcam and a wifi hotspot. You can stay hands on from anywhere in the world these days, even without being physically in the store.


and finally:


1000 cool points for anyone who knows what that saying is from
06/04/2013
sunflower sunflower
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Originally posted by js250
My hubby and I were just handed an opportunity to land the side job of a lifetime. All it would take is a new hitch and trailer--we would be back to making the income we lost when the economy crashed and get to travel occasionally to boot!! (Yes, it ... More
I HATE change. But when I know it will be good for me even when it's scary at the time, I always try to soldier up and just do it (Nike is good). And get really stressed out and nervous and say "what if everything goes wrong" But I know it will be good so I just do it. That isn't the same but I try to take every opportunity I get and sometimes I need someone to be my Nike life wingman and encourage me to take steps and JUST DO IT.

Every time I move to a new apartment or house, I flip out right beforehand. But then I get there and I'm fine. Same with vacations. I just really hate change but change is what life is all about so I am trying to get more used to it.

I think the benefits of what you're describing sound great. Weigh the pros and cons, but don't let fear of change be a con.

It sounds like from your follow-up post that you're worrying a lot and having some anxiety about everything. That's ok. Everything is a 'what-if' and that's hard. But what if everything goes better than expected? I'd talk with your husband about your concerns as well so he can help weigh the realistic pros/cons. I know I always need someone helping me decide stuff lol. I'm indecisive and worry too much.

If splitting driving time is a dealbreaker for you then it is a dealbreaker and that's ok.
As for turning your business over, I would try to look for a new person to oversee things who is trustworthy and who you feel safe with them running your business while you're gone. You could also sit down and brainstorm ways to make sure the business is going well, keep in touch with the person you hired to handle your retail business via skype and phone call. I don't know much about running businesses but I feel like with the technology we have today that there should be a good way to make sure everything goes smoothly, even from a distance. You could start interviewing people and maybe skip it if you don't find someone you feel comfortable with.

Good luck! I hope you are happy either way you choose to go
06/05/2013
Chelynn67 Chelynn67
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Originally posted by js250
My hubby and I were just handed an opportunity to land the side job of a lifetime. All it would take is a new hitch and trailer--we would be back to making the income we lost when the economy crashed and get to travel occasionally to boot!! (Yes, it ... More
Right now I would love the opportunity
06/05/2013
dancingduo dancingduo
No reason not too. But it sounds like it would be more than a side job.
06/05/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I recall at least one truck driving school in the area. See if you can get a course there.
06/05/2013
Ciao. Ciao.
I think it definitely sounds like an opportunity worth pursuing. Definitely there are some things that you want to work out (like finding someone really reliable to run your main business while you're gone), but if it's a great opportunity you just need to trust yourself and go for it.
06/05/2013
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
My hubby and I were just handed an opportunity to land the side job of a lifetime. All it would take is a new hitch and trailer--we would be back to making the income we lost when the economy crashed and get to travel occasionally to boot!! (Yes, it ... More
I am horrible with change! I'd lose sleep I'd be so anxious.
06/05/2013
gwenevieve gwenevieve
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
My hubby and I were just handed an opportunity to land the side job of a lifetime. All it would take is a new hitch and trailer--we would be back to making the income we lost when the economy crashed and get to travel occasionally to boot!! (Yes, it ... More
oh definitely do it
06/05/2013
Fluke Fluke
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Originally posted by js250
So---what happens when I am driving with a 36' trailer loaded with a couple thousand pounds of logs and I wipe them out??? A loss off about 1/2-3/4 million dollars, and the trailer, and the truck, and my hubby, and me, and the dogs, and the other ... More
We call this being in the "worry seat". When your entire financial and physical livelihood is your responsibility and can be jeopardized if something goes wrong you will constantly worry about it. You have to worry about the worst things that can happen in order to be safe.

Perfectly normal to be scared and stressed out. Sounds like you have the opportunity to try it out before making final sweeping changes so heck ya go for it. It might be the best thing you've ever done, can't miss out on that.
06/06/2013
js250 js250

Thank you all for your invaluable support!!! I guess I just needed to get my freaking out over with...and wait with bated breath for one of you to show up with THE white straight jacket, lol!! I am feeling much better after reading your comments and realizing that while a few of my 'issues' were valid--many of them were a bit over the top and kind of...pathetic!

So--we have just installed the hitch in our 1 ton, our trailer will be finished by the second week of June and we will officially be the new hotshot hauler for the log home company. These loads are ones that are too small for a semi, but too big for a regular rig...(And hubby was not going to buy the pretty, big, beefy, diesel, truck 8 years ago--boy, he is glad he listened to me now!!!) We will be going out on runs every 2-4 weeks and will only be gone 2-6 days at a time...I think my daughter can deal with my shop for those absences.

Oh---I love driving!! I just am still a but concerned with a much larger trailer than what I normally haul, but have a huge area to practice in at a friend's house. (If you ever see a big black truck with a huge trailer and I am backing it up---run like hell!! I suck at backing up!) Huge hugs to every single one of you--you are truly lifesavers!
06/06/2013
Kitka Kitka
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Originally posted by MrWill
JS250,
First: Take a few deep breaths. Do some soul searching, have a deep conversation with hubby. Find out if it is something either or both of you really want to do.


Second: Make sure whoever you are hauling for secures the ... More
This is the perfect response!

I say go for it, apprehension and nervousness are natural but you might regret not going for it when the opportunity came knocking. Lots of luck to you and your hubby!
06/06/2013
tami tami
Quote:
Originally posted by js250
My hubby and I were just handed an opportunity to land the side job of a lifetime. All it would take is a new hitch and trailer--we would be back to making the income we lost when the economy crashed and get to travel occasionally to boot!! (Yes, it ... More
I would do it because the economy is still struggling (in my area atleast) but I would do it for the chance to travel more and to make more money. Handing over your business to someone to run can be a good thing if you have the right person running it...plus you can always keep in contact with whomever is running your retail business by phone and over see all problems and keep an eye on things that way.
06/06/2013
Kallina Kallina
Quote:
Originally posted by MrWill
JS250,
First: Take a few deep breaths. Do some soul searching, have a deep conversation with hubby. Find out if it is something either or both of you really want to do.


Second: Make sure whoever you are hauling for secures the ... More
Magic School Bus?

Also, good luck..never be afraid of opportunity!
06/06/2013
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by js250
My hubby and I were just handed an opportunity to land the side job of a lifetime. All it would take is a new hitch and trailer--we would be back to making the income we lost when the economy crashed and get to travel occasionally to boot!! (Yes, it ... More
Take it!!!! One weekend a month? That's nothing. Think of military families, or long haul truck drivers. Sounds like a great opportunity. No reason to pass on it.
06/07/2013
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