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Old 01-09-2017, 12:26 AM   #1
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How to maintain a side business while working labor?


I am starting a stone masonry apprenticeship in March. I am very excited to be taking on this noble trade (coming from being a salesman and feeling like I did no good for society/made rich people richer while ripping people off). I do need some advice before I begin and I feel like I should shed some light on my situation first.

I am a graduate in audio engineering from a very good school however the extremely competitive nature of my field has forced me to consider other options and a great friend of mine has decided to take me under his wing in masonry. I do not want to give up on my freelancing as an engineer and my own media projects. They do give me another source of income albeit a small one at the moment. Over time my income from creating content, media, recording other artists, working with my band etc... will continue to grow, however I need energy to meet its demands.

This is my conundrum. How do you experienced individuals in hard labor maintain your energy levels for other passions/sources of income? After a long hard work day, what tips do you have in order to make sure you have reserved energy to dedicate to other aspects of your life?

I am physically fit from years of martial arts training but I don't want to rely solely on this. The ideas I have come up with are as follows:

- Eat a good breakfest every morning and make sure to snack intelligently throughout the day on high carb/high protein essentials.
- Take a 30 minute nap immediately following getting home from the work day before taking on any demands of my other sources of income
- Possibly wake up early in the morning and work on my other projects before the work day begins.
- Manage stress with a good sleep schedule

These are the four that I have been considering. My main concern taking on a masonry role is having energy for other passions in my life (that do earn me money and aren't just hobbies). I don't have a family to take care of after work and I have the time to be selfish and continue to focus solely on my endeavors (I do not mean to offend any family people with this statement. You are great people worthy of the most respect) I was wondering what advice you experienced and knowledgeable people have for me before I begin my new job.

**I apologize moderators, I posted this in the Masonry section as well. I looked at the numbers and noticed this is the most viewed forum and am looking for general advice from hard working people.**

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:11 AM   #2
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I noted that you did not mention PARTY , GOOD .

Stay away from drugs and alcohol, they suck the life right out of you.

It appears that you have the basics down already, Sleep , healthy diet, physical fitness.

Many will add Spirituality, but I rely more on my determination and mental stability to handle the stresses that living can and will put on me.

You tailor your time and desires to whatever fits yourself.


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Old 01-09-2017, 09:47 AM   #3
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' feeling like I did no good for society/made rich people richer while ripping people off ' is attitude more than anything else imo,,, nothing happens til someone sells something,,, clients expect a salesmen to eat + provide $ for others to also eat,,, ' ripping off ' is doing shoddy work - nothing more or less.

IF you want to start your own biz, you have to have 3 qualities - not only do you want it, you also must NEED it to fulfill yourself,,, unless you want to spend your life alone ' on the tools ', you also need leadership qualities,,, in for a penny, in for a pound,,, nothing worthwhile will happen doing anything part-time

i can hire competent tradesmen all day long however i cannot hire anyone who respects my biz as do i
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I think the most important thing to know is yourself. I have a full time job and a part time gig as well and I know full well once I get home from the full time job that leaving the house again is a struggle for me. So, on the days when I'm doing both, I modify my full time schedule so I go straight from it to the part time job and then home.
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Thanks for the advice guys
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I run a business during the day and then go home for the afternoon shift on the home renovation. It's tough but must be done.

The work I do on the house has probably saved me over $XXX G's in the last year and a half so it's like a part time job.

If you have the shear determination to make it, you will.
Nothing is stronger than your mind.

Do you think you will "love" doing the masonry work?
Probably not. So, doing the work you love after the grunt work is probably a better way to finish the day. BTW, I prefer the grunt work at home over my office day job.

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Once your body gets used to doing full time manual labor you probably won't feel like a white collar worker who has done a weekend warrior manual labor stint. White collar office work can be very draining physically. You'll probably really feel good about being able to have both types of work environments. I had a part-time night and weekend job (14 years) doing the same type of work as my day job (office desk jockey) and really looked forward to pushing a lawn mower or doing some home maintenance work.
You are fortunate that somebody is taking you on and will train you in a trade.
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