We want to share our story of real life ups and downs of beginning our own business.
The name of our business is B&N Metal Art, since my husband’s name is Brian and I am Nicole. How creative right?? 🙂
What we do is cut objects out of metal using a plasma cutter. I will tell you and show more about the types of things we can do with the machine later on. For now I will tell you the story of how it all began.
So we had this vision of owning and operating our own business for a few years now.
We knew where to get the plasma machine we needed and where to get the supplies.
However knowing what we needed to buy and where to get it wasn’t the problem but getting the money to do all this was..
My husband knows everyone and their brother in the county and he talks to all of them, which comes in very handy for us!
Brian actually talked to so many that some people, that some of them just starting showing up at our house looking to get parts cut. The sad thing was we didn’t have the machine yet..
Talk about disappoint and missed opportunities.
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We looked at each other with sad faces 🙁 and said WE HAVE TO somehow find a way.. If there’s a will there’s a way, right!
The company we bought our plasma table from is Eagle Plasma and this is their website. http://eagleplasma.com/contact-us.html
I can’t say enough good things about this company.
With the help of our family and friends the shop was built.
Now let me tell you that we are just simple people. We both worked full time and never really have any extra money laying around. Therefore this was no easy task to come up with the funds to make any of this possible.
We went to every bank in the county to try to get a loan.
However its impossible to get a loan since we live in a modeluler home (mobile Home) so we were once again stuck. We were starting to loose hope and that was not good.
We are God loving people and we rarely let anything upset us.. But this was discouraging.
What we really needed was an angel. We prayed harder and harder and kept trying to find a way to make this business work. The only way we are ever going to get ahead in this life is to start our own business that would hopefully be successful one day.
All we are trying to do it simply get ahead and be able to save more money for the future. Living day to day and week to week is nerve racking. Just to have a decent amount in our savings account, retirement… the list goes on and on.
At this rate our future wasn’t looking very promising. We just kept praying and tried our hardest to keep our faith strong and be patient.
We strongly believe our Heavenly Father knew what he was doing and we just had to roll with it.
We told ourselves that we’re already so fortunate to have what we do! Which is actually a lot more than some people have. Our home and property is all paid for we have plenty of food.
Two running vehicles, we all are happy and healthy and the list goes on and on.
A very special person in our lives that knew of these plans we had to starting this business. He watched us try on our own to make this financially possible, he saw that we were not getting to where we needed to be to get this idea off the ground.
We were getting closer, thanks to my husband getting some extra work.
Finally one day, We will call them Angel #1 asked us how much more money we needed to get the ball rolling.
Lets just say I think my husband and were two of happiest people ever.
We were so ready within a few days the machine we needed was on its way to be delivered to our HOUSE :))) Now it’s finally time to order some supplies to start out with and run with it.
First off we needed a special computer to run the program. We ordered it. They sent us the wrong machine..
We thought we needed this type of wiring, Nope guess again. Had to add more. Got the computer still needed others parts to make the machine run properly.
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The one great thing we had going for us was the company we bought the machine from had the upmost amazing customer support!
Brian was literally spending 2 hours a night on the phone with the OWNER. He actually talked mostly to the guy who invented the machine himself at no extra charge.
I mean how awesome is that to talk to the owner himself at no charge. He told Brian that if he answered the phone he was available to talk and answer any questions that he had.
However as some time went on my poor husband was beating his head against the wall trying to learn how to run the programs.
I was absolutely no help! At the time he was trying to do this I was in the middle of my second pregnancy and taking care of our 4 year old. Trying to entertain her while Daddy was hard at work.
Him being at home and working was a big change for her and she was having a hard time trying to figure why she couldn’t go out to the shop and play with Daddy all the time.
This period of time in lives was a challenge, my whole pregnancy was rough. I was in a lot of pain almost the entire time.
So needless to say I wasn’t much help out in the shop in the beginning with my husband.
We were in need of a helper someone to help us understand this program to continue to keep going onward. What we needed was another angel.
At this point in the game that we were going to be able to pay this person, funds were already tight. Still Struggling.
Then all of a sudden that Angle #2 walked into our lives. Someone who understood the trouble that we were having with understanding the programming of the computer.
THE BRAINS OF THE OPERATION and was willing to help without wanting to take any money from us.
Angel #2 is the most kindhearted person. Our Daughter and Dog both go running to the door to go see him every time they know he is here! Brian and him work so well together. He is a godsend for sure.
There is also the Angel of knowledge and supplies. He has also been mentor to Brian. He offers his advice and helps us get all the supplies we need and is providing us with jobs to do.
Every single time Brian talks with him he gets filled up with useful information that is so very valuable to us.
We wouldn’t be where we are today ,we thank God for putting these Angels into our lives. They were there to help us when we were really struggling them the most and are still a part of our everyday lives today and are so grateful for them.
With all the struggles we have encountered, it just goes to show when you keep you Faith strong and you work hard and don’t give up when you really feel like you should DON’T.
The Struggle has absolutely been real but I can honestly say it’s taught us so much along the way. AND we know one day it will be worth it and even if its not.
Life Long Values that we’ve learned throughout these past few years cant be bought and that right there is good enough for us.
What are some of your struggles that you had and how did you over come them?
I would love to hear about it and learn more encouraging ways of overcoming obstacles.
Please let us your struggles and how you have overcame them.
We would love to hear about them.
You can connect with B&N Metal Art on Facebook or you are welcome to email us with any questions or comments at BandNmetalart17@mail.com.
The Story Continues… Until next time sweet friends.
Thank you for all your love and support.
The Smith Family
B&N Metal Art