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Old 08-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #11
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If the hospital gets back to her soon with their offer I think I'm going to go for it. I like my job now but its not something I want to be doing in 5 years. And if I did turn this offer down who knows if something like this will come around again. I do plan on giving my own place a try in a few years. But I'd never want to try to open a place of my own without having worked at one first. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't more excited than I've been in a long time.

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Old 08-07-2012, 03:17 PM   #12
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It's a gamble, that's for sure, so you just have to weigh the risk with rewards and see what comes out. Personally, the ability to get into something on the ground floor highly depends on how sound their business plan is. I would want to know if they conducted any market research, secured distribution channels, have had sample products sent out to local establishments, secured financing, how long out will it be before they are profitable, etc. Pretty much see if they have a sound business plan and if that sounded kosher and had been confirmed (by obtaining credit lines, sales contracts, etc) I would be more likely to risk a move. If they have none of that planned out I would run away like the building was on fire. 9 out of 10 businesses fail in the first 2 years, so make sure they have done the work on the business side to give their company a fighting chance. Good Luck!

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Old 08-07-2012, 03:26 PM   #13
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Go into it with realistic expectations that some micros want you to follow only their recipes and plans as they have them laid out regardless of what process you know to be correct. This can be the killer for any "dream job".

Talk to them about what they are expecting you to do and how much input you will be allowed for recipes, procedures, scheduling, etc.

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Old 08-07-2012, 03:29 PM   #14
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What does your wife think?

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Old 08-07-2012, 03:42 PM   #15
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Just my 2 cents. Long story short. I once took a pay cut to follow my dreams and take a job involving my life's greatest passion. The honeymoon period lasted longer than most jobs and in general it was a great experience. What I came to find out is that when it comes down to it a job is a job and there are things about any job you are going to dislike(even if the job involves something you love dearly). I have since returned to a "normal" life and job. The outcomes of this situation were the following:

1. A more reasonable expectation of how much enjoyment I can expect out of any job
2. A healthier attitude about the separation of work and play
3. It has changed the hobby for me. In some ways good, and in some ways bad.
4. I know that I have tried it and have no regrets in that respect.

I don't have kids, and don't truly "get it" as far as what responsibility you have to them over yourself, so I cant speak to that. I would generally say that if you are content in your job and life right now, then keep the hobby a hobby. If you feel you need to do this, then none of the rest really matters, you'll figure everything else out and make it work. I guess the main thing to think about is how would this affect your current career trajectory if you took a couple year hiatus from your current path and then came back to it(if the brewing thing doesn't work out).

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Old 08-07-2012, 04:29 PM   #16
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Wow. Thanks everyone. I mean it. This is some great input. I have more questions now and better questions to ask of them. And as far as following my current path, this job isn’t what I want to do. There isn’t anywhere to go. I am a planner and there is no position to move onto. It is what it is.

I’m going to hit them with a bunch of questions and see what they see. The wife is fully supportive of whatever decision I make. That is as long as she is back full time and has the insurance. She knows how passionate I am about brewing. And I hear you about a job being a job. That’s another hesitation I have. Right now nothing makes me happier than brewing. I’m afraid that could change. But at the same time this is something I have wanted to give a shot for years. If I don’t like it, at least I will know. I will certainly keep everyone posted. Going to sit down Friday and have a few beers with the owner. His idea. And we will see what comes of it. Could be a turning point in my life. More excited than scarred.

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Old 08-07-2012, 04:42 PM   #17
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I understand your wife doesn't have the job yet, but if she is a doctor, she should have plenty of places to work and finding a job should not be hard for her. Once she has something lined up you both should be set as far as income goes. I can't imagine she'd be making chump change. Many of us do not have the option of our wives being a doctor and should be able to provide for your family. Again, I realize she doesn't have a job yet but he said she'd have something soon. You have to know your finances and what you can do, but I just hearing how much you want to do this, I'd waste little time and go for it. You said yourself you aren't planning on being there more than 5 years at your current job. If this new one doesn't work out, it sounds like you'd be at the same spot you will be in, in a few years anyways. Do it.

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Old 08-07-2012, 04:50 PM   #18
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Wow. Thanks everyone. I mean it. This is some great input. I have more questions now and better questions to ask of them. And as far as following my current path, this job isn’t what I want to do. There isn’t anywhere to go. I am a planner and there is no position to move onto. It is what it is.

I’m going to hit them with a bunch of questions and see what they see. The wife is fully supportive of whatever decision I make. That is as long as she is back full time and has the insurance. She knows how passionate I am about brewing. And I hear you about a job being a job. That’s another hesitation I have. Right now nothing makes me happier than brewing. I’m afraid that could change. But at the same time this is something I have wanted to give a shot for years. If I don’t like it, at least I will know. I will certainly keep everyone posted. Going to sit down Friday and have a few beers with the owner. His idea. And we will see what comes of it. Could be a turning point in my life. More excited than scarred.
Just quick personal experience that may or may not apply so take it as you like:

I have been a photographer since I was in the 3rd grade, developing my own negatives and prints at that point and technically I have "the eye" along with the ability to meter on the fly. With a wide variety of interests I started taking photos for myself and friends while competing in events and on fun runs, I would post these pics online and share away...it was fulfilling and I enjoyed it as a hobby.

From these postings I was contacted by a magazine that was starting up to be on the photography team with travel and expenses paid, good image useage, rights, pay and advertising options...couldn't be a better option for someone like me right?

So I signed up and for about 8 years I travelled...a lot, averaging 48 weekends a year travelling to events and runs. Reimbursement on expenses was a little slow but was acceptable, hours on the computer editing a couple thousand images for delivery on deadline was tiring but I got efficient and loved being friends with peoople in the industry doing what I loved and getting paid for it.

Then the first mag went down, got optioned to another and a couple years later it started flaking out on pay and reimbursement, then they had internal issues and I left to be picked up by a third magazine which folded while on my first assignment.

I haven't picked up a camera more than a dozen times in the last 6 years because of this. In fact only in the last month have I started doing small shoots for a friends freestyle team based on a trade deal.

Whats the point of this small rant, well I guess it is that your passion for a hobby doesn't always translate well into a dream job so look at every angle possible and make sure everything is sealed up in contracts before you rush in head first.


Now I must go back to my brewing (it's my day job)
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:53 PM   #19
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I agree. And the wife does have a job its just what they call prn. Its part time but the advantage is its hourly pay. So she has been making a good amount but without benefits. If she goes back to full time it will be slightly less pay but she will have benefits. Since I work for the government my health care is really good. But the more I think out loud the more I realize how much I do want that job. Who knows. Can't wait till Friday.

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Old 08-07-2012, 04:56 PM   #20
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Go for your dream, look for and solutions not or solutions. Like how can you take this job AND provide insurance? Work together with your wife, sounds like she is supportive. A good book to read is Great by choice by Jim Collins

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