Sunday, September 7, 2008

Still Alive & Treading Water

Ok so I fizzled out on this blog thing. It's harder than it looks.

Where have I been for the last couple of months. Working. I've worked like crazy this past summer in the garage with Joseph. It seems to be paying off.

We finally turned the profitable corner in July. We did nearly double our best month ever to date in July of 2008. I still wonder if it was a fluke. So, I temper myself with a short-term goal of 3 months of profitability and then I'll feel like we're making progress.

August seemed dead and felt as if we'd be right back where we started. August ended up being our second best month to date second to July.

Our systems our improving. We're becoming more efficient. Starting a new business is very challenging. For the first 18 months we we're taking a slow and steady nose dive. It's relief to see things turn the corner and start heading in the right direction.

It's much like learning how to waterski. When someone first learns to waterski, the task seems impossible those first few attempts. You hang on to the ski rope, the boat roars with a hefty pull. You're trying desperately to hang on, get your body out of the water, and keep your balance all at the same time....and most importantly, keep from drowning as you muscle your way to freedom on top of that water.

Once you do finally get there, it's incredible. Standing on top of water. Carving turns and jumping the wake. You go from being stuck and barely keeping your head above water with those big clunky skis and the life jacket chocking your neck, to incredible freedom.

I don't know that we're on top of the water carving turns and jumping the wake just yet. But I can feel ourselves rising out of the water and getting ourselves closer to our goals.

I wish everyone the best and hope to see them do the same.


Alice Wills Gold said...

Congrats on the success....and all I have to say is that LG better be making a profit WAY before 18 months. YOu are KILLING ME HERE!!

Send all advice our us some of the down sides...PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

The average repair shop takes 5 years to turn profitable. We're doing well to do that in 18 months in this economy.

I told LG to plan on bringin in half as much as he thought he would and it taking twice as much money to get going.

P.S. - This is jarrett posting under Missy's username.

Alice Faye said...

I'm glad you are back to blogging. Have you been doing some handy work on the garage itself? It looks good. Apen is indeed a cutie. I believe I would keep her if I were you.

I just baked about 7 dozen cookies-wish you were here!!

crashomatic said...

Oh man...cookies......

7 dozen is certainly a good start but you might want to make some more so I can share.