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Made redundant - so going it alone

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grim

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Unfortunately the company I work for has been put into administration by the owners, so I find myself joining the masses, along with 80 work mates:mad:

then I looked at my CV and it said transformer designer. I looked on the back, and it was just those two words. eek. :( sure there is loads of other stuff I can do, but not with qualifications to back it up. self taught Excel VAB programming, self taught Autocad draftsman, self taught this, that and the other.......

so I moped about for a couple of days, then realized a lot of people would be needing to buy their transformers elsewhere, and a lot of other companies would like some of that business.

That means I have a short commute to the back bedroom, the hours are good, and my boss is a really great guy:D I can also spend more time messing about on forums.

so any transformer related questions, ask away.

I do not supply any parts, and am not working for any manufacturers, so my advice would be unbiased.

envelopes stuffed with fivers are accepted ;)

every cloud has a silver lining, or so I hope.
 

picbits

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Good luck.

I decided to work for myself a good few years ago when my girlfriend (now wife) moved up from Cornwall with her son and she went back to work while I stayed at home and looked after him. While he's at school I run my own small electronics business and I've got as much work as I can handle but the pay isn't great.

It keeps us in the luxuries though - the other halfs wage just about pays the bills while any pennies I make goes into the emergency savings fund lol.
 

Mikebits

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What sort of home business do you have Picbits? I tried this a few years back and failed miserably, I could not get a single customer. My attempt at it is was building testers for production boards. I thought I could target small production firms, but I just could not drum up any business.
 

picbits

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What sort of home business do you have Picbits? I tried this a few years back and failed miserably, I could not get a single customer. My attempt at it is was building testers for production boards. I thought I could target small production firms, but I just could not drum up any business.
I design and build datalogging and instrumentation for vehicles. Main market is the "boy racers" who seem to have a fair amount of excess income ;)

My biggest selling product at the moment is a pulse converter which takes incoming speed or tachometer pulses, samples them and spits them back out again at a digitally programmable ratio.

Currently working on a modular digital dashboard as well as some other bits and bobs.

I also subcontract to a few local companies who I design process control systems for. Small projects but keeps the pennies coming in.
 

picbits

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Oh and while I'm sitting in my little sweat shop etching, drilling and soldering away, I hang on to the hope that one day I'll have enough pennies in the bank to move to San Clemente on my retirement :p
 
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