Your question almost answers itself.
I don't feel much negative connotation with the term "jack of all
trades" although some might. Call yourself a "tinkerer", though, and
I'll think of you as someone who derives joy from turning screws and
pounding nails without ever actually getting something to work. I can
sympathize with that, but if I'm spending money to have work done I'm
spending money to have the work _finished_, not just messed with.
Describe your target market in more detail, and perhaps someone can help
In high tech, an engineer who spans disciplines and who can ride herd on
the architecture of an entire system is called a "systems engineer",
"system architect" or other name with the word "system" in it.
Effective systems engineers have to be "jacks of all trades" within
engineering, although they're often "jack of all trades, master of one".
In home repair, a guy who can come in the door, fix a leaking hose to a
wash machine, tighten a door hinge or two, repair an outlet, and clean
the gutters on his way out is called a "Handyman".
If you're addressing a market that doesn't seem to have built-in
monikers, consider using adjectives related to "versatile",
And that's why my business is a "Handyman and Repair" business and my motto
is "I can fix almost anything !" .
And the business is starting to grow ... got kinda nervous there for a
while , but happy clients are your best advertisement , and I'm starting to
get a few passing my name out .
I've talked with people who've gone into business for themselves and
it sorta terrifies me. I don't think that I've ready for that leap.
I like helping people fix things too. I repaired the washing machine
for someone in my wife's lab. One of her kids socks found it's way
into the pump and it was jammed up. Simple fix, but you had to guess
where to look and not assume it was going to be something like a bad
circuit board, etc. I didn't want to take money. I was just happy to
get the thing going again.
This isn't the first time for me . Before I got into cabinet shop work I
ran a home repair/flooring install business . Got tired of the hustle ,
worked for somebody else the last 18 or so years . But people just aren't
all that interedted in hiring a man my age , and so here I am , back in
business again . Got a few more skills now too , last go-round I didn't have
all the metalworking machinery .
Recently , I've been fabbing and installing lock boxes on AC condenser
cages . Couple of bucks for material , and I'm getting 45 bucks each for
them . Works out to just under $30/hour average ...
I met someone up here in the Milwaukee area who started a small
business fabbing oil coolers for English motorcycles. He sold me his
HF 3-in-1 shear-brake-roller when he got something better to work with.
I've been working on my Harley , a rubbermount touring model . Replacing a
drive belt , which involves a partial disassembly of the rear suspension .
Took some measurements today , I might be making a frame/suspension part out
of SS for a bud who rides a similar model . I was just thinking how cool it
would be to be able to program that part on a CNC mill and walk away ... and
come back about an hour later and take a finished part worth about 200 bucks
a pair off the machine .
But I don't have a CNC mill - yet .
I'll bet that few people could have predicted what technology could
have brought with personal computers. Maybe someday CNC machines will
be as common as personal computers. I'd like to get my hands on one
too, but at this stage I'm probably over-reaching. I'm still learning
and having fun with the manual machines that I have.
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