Hello, good people!
My name is Attila. I am 32 years old and I live in Serbia, a relatively small country in Europe. I work as a certified welder and metal fabricator.
Metalworking and fabricating is my dream job. I love everything about it. The science, the need to think, calculate, imagine and forsee how the part will take shape and act once you start making it and combine it with other parts... The most important thing for me is to see an actual result at the end of the working day. Something that I've made using my own witts and my own two hands. Something that will fill me with pride and a sense of self-worth... I tried doing an office job once. It just wasn't for me...
I have long dreamt of a metalworking shop of my own where I could make precision parts. Unfortunately, I am starting to lose hope that I will ever be able to make it myself, relying solely upon my own efforts... Please allow me to explain why.
There are two main reasons.
As some of you may know: the economic climate in Serbia is not what you could call "favorable". Wages here are very low while state taxes and the costs of living are disproportionately high... It took me two years of tvelwe-hour shifts to make enough money to buy a professional welding machine. Something that my colleagues in developed countries can achieve in less than two months. Please don't take this as if I were complaining. I am just trying to paint the picture for you to better understand why with all my enthusiasm and hard work I've still not managed to fulfill my dream. That is all.
The second reason is the fact that too many business owners here do not give us employees a permanent working contract. Instead, our contracts get extended for 1, 3 or 6 months... The trouble with this is that I can't go to any bank to ask for a long-term loan because banks don't consider these contracts as proof of having a steady job (despite the fact that you've worked for the same company for years). They are only handing out loans for the period that is stated in your contract... Now however I try to do the math: I just couldn't be able to return 20+ thousand Euros in three or six months... It is impossible.
And that my dear friends is the reason I am here and humbly asking you for help. I am not begging for fish. I am asking you to give me materials for a fishing pole so that I may catch the fish myself (figuratively speaking, of course)...
WHAT I PLAN TO DO WITH THE MONEY
1) I already own a small plot of land and the first thing I need to do is build a garage of at least 50 square meters. That will be my workshop. The necessary permits, building materials and labour will cost around 6000 euros.
2) I will need to buy a used milling machine. I've found a used "Schaublin 13" mill which is just perfect for my needs and it costs 4900 Euros.
3) A used metalworking lathe - "Schaublin 135" looks perfect. Costs about 3000 Euros.
4) A used electrical forklift with a capacity of at least 1000 kilograms - about 2000 Euros
5) A 1.5x3 meter plasma cutting table - at least 10000 Euros
6) Small parts and bits for the machines
After setting up shop and registering my business with the authorities I plan on visiting the surrounding companies and offer them my services. Many of them I know are struggling to meet production goals due to being either understaffed or underequipped. The small company I currently work at does the same thing so my plan is quite feasible. I also want to be the place where smaller companies can also come with their needs for small-volume production.
In all honesty, I just don't know what else to write. If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to share them with me.
I am very grateful that you've taken the time to read through this monologue of mine. If you found my cause worthy enough of your support: I hope that you'll receive from life a thousand times more for your kindness. Even if you've just shared the link: know that I appreciate it just the same! Help is help and at this stage of my life: every little nudge means a lot to me!
Thank you all! For everything!