Kevin Schumann has a mobile welding truck that provides both repair and new fabrication. He services a wide array of projects from equipment repair to the marine industry to automotive repair and custom work, from repairs to new fabrication.
Kevin is fully insured and has over 15 years in the industry. In addition, he is a red seal welder, CWB certified and TIG certified.
Molten Metal has been in business for over three years now. No job is too big or too small.
When did you first know that you wanted to be self employed?
I have wanted to have my own welding/fabrication business since I was in my early 20s but knew I needed an education and varied experience. I learned a lot of what I know in the field from my family friend Walter Bohn, and I was inspired by his attention to detail and work ethic. After completing my red seal in welding I took the leap into self employment.
What support systems did you have in place when you started?
When I built my welding truck, I was fortunate to have the support of my family. Having that foundation made it easier to take the “leap.” I began running my truck from various locations throughout BC and Alberta. I was also in a unique position in that the company I worked for wanted me to stay working with them even as a contractor.
I gained a lot of experience through my travels as a contractor, but I always knew I would return home to Sooke where my wife and kids are: The fly-in fly-out life is hard when you have a family.
I’m at home full time now, and it feels great to be working in the community I have lived in my whole life.
What advice would you offer other potential entrepreneurs?
The one thing I would advise you do when you get started is to pace yourself. It’s easy to get excited about the work coming in and take on too much. If you keep your work load manageable, then you can keep your quality standards up.
What keeps you motivated?
What keeps me motivated is my family: I have a wife and five boys and so when our business does well, then we all do well. The biggest reward in this industry would be seeing a project come to completion with a happy customer. To see something that was simply bare metal previously turn into a functioning piece is really satisfying.
Looking back, knowing what you now know, what would you have done differently?
Looking back now I wouldn’t change the way things unfolded because I learned something from each step along the way.
At what point should an entrepreneur take the “leap of faith” and start up their business?
If you are a motivated person with a passion then I think taking the leap is a great idea!
Any financial management advice or tips you’d like to offer?
Financially I think the idea of pacing yourself again is good advice. Be prepared for rainy days. As a self employed person, something can be broken or out of service for an unforeseeable time.
It is crucial to your business success to be able to weather those storms.
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