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The path to Self Employment

I have often told people how I started Quickscrews over 25 years ago. Rarely do I ever explain why I did it. As a young man coming out of college at age 24 with a degree in business I started out working in a construction company as a cost analyst. I worked for a small privately held company where the owner and his partner were very active in running the company. I worked in the operations department which was responsible for running the crews that were doing the building.

Time to Reflect

At this time of year it is nice to take a few moments to reflect on how we are doing. I have been working hard this year on improving both my professional and personal life. In business I often take a good deal of time to analyze what we have done; then evaluate our options and lastly design a course of action consistent with the results of those processes. I find I rarely do that in my personal life. I will try harder. As my wife, Deb and I were raising 3 boys who were two years apart there wasn't a whole lot of time for analysis, just a whole lot of doing.

In the Beginning

It was over 25 years ago that I started Quickscrews in my garage in San Mateo, California. I was a nail and staple salesman at 29 years old and decided I wasn't cutout to work for others. I was stubborn and strong headed to say the least. I had the gift of gab and could have been a salesmen anywhere. My flaw was I always wanted things to be perfect. I would point out to any supervisor I had exactly what they were doing wrong and why. That often did not sit well with the owners of those companies I worked for.

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