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Starting Out On His Own

My Partner’s Choice to Work for Himself Meant So Many Things for Our Family

By Caitlin FladagerPublished 4 months ago 2 min read

Two years ago my husband came home from his job as plumber and said “I’m ready to start my own plumbing company”. And just like that, he quit his well paying, secure job and started out on his own. ⁣

⁣He went out, bought a van, used all of his savings to buy all of the tools he needed, and started taking every single job he was offered. ⁣

No job was too small, too far away from where we lived, or too hard for him to take on and try to figure out. He was determined. ⁣

⁣I think hearing things like ...

“Starting your own business is a big risk”⁣

⁣“You could lose all your money” ⁣

⁣“It won’t work out. That’s a huge risk with kids to feed.”⁣

⁣These comments pushed him to work even harder.

⁣The next two years he worked 6-7 days a week, taking any job that came his way. ⁣

⁣Answering every phone call. ⁣

⁣Sending out estimates non stop. ⁣

⁣Hanging flyers around house in neighborhoods he wanted business in, every Saturday morning. ⁣

⁣Pinning his business card everywhere we went that would let him. ⁣

⁣Last year he finally made a big step by hiring his first employee. ⁣

⁣That made him work harder. Making sure he had the work to keep up and be able to pay for not just our family, but someone else’s as well.

⁣Now, 2 years into his company, he has multiple employees …

⁣And has just landed his biggest job.⁣

⁣See that building behind us? That’s a hotel. That Noah landed, as lead plumber, on his own. Through hard work and determination. ⁣

⁣His first, of many, six figure contracts. ⁣

⁣Taking this picture with him, standing in front of all of those 50+ empty rooms that he will be in charge of doing, has made it all worth it. ⁣

⁣All of the doubt. ⁣

All of the money invested. ⁣

All of the weekends sacrificed. ⁣

All of the date nights canceled. ⁣

⁣It was all worth it. ⁣

⁣This is a picture that I will forever cherish. ⁣

⁣This is our “we made it” picture.

Also, our daughter wasn’t there for the picture, and our son refused to look at the camera. Remember our journey here was far from perfect, and along the way, they’re allowed to be who they are right then.

So I think this picture represents us, and our journey, perfectly. Imperfectly perfect.


About the Creator

Caitlin Fladager

Mother | Wife | Mental Health Advocate

Telling my "Reel" truth about marriage & motherhood on Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok & Vocal

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