I have been blessed by a community of musicians who have supported me and my business for the past 14 years. It’s been a real dream, and a lot of very hard work. There are a few aspects to my work life I’d like to share, because my little business is more than just fixing up old guitars.
- In contrast to many jobs these days, my job requires me to slow down.
- This work often has its own pace and rushing it spoils it.
- My stacks of work to be completed are upwards of 75 instruments at all times of the year: I don’t have a slow time.
- My job is not only repair and restoration of musical instruments.
- I also:
- Maintain a public space
- Keep detailed records
- Make time to be present with the people who come to my shop
- Take breaks
- Work on improving my business plans
- Meet with Dealers and Representatives
- Teach music lessons
- Keep up an online presence
- I also:
All of this is to say, I am busy, and I love it. I take this job, and the trust of my clients seriously. I have pride in the work I spend my time on. And, there is only one of me.
My wait times can be long, but are worth it. I can make time for rush jobs when needed. If a job needs to be done with a strict deadline, this needs to be discussed up front, before work has begun. It so happens that it is very difficult for me to do my best work on a job if I feel the client is pushing me forward.
For anyone choosing to bring me work, I ask for patience as it is the best nutrient I know of for skillfully accomplishing goals.