Heck I wish I could do that... Marketing Sucks your bank account dry...My biggest weakness is marketing. We don’t really market besides word of mouth and we don’t have a referral system or anything. We do have a website but it isn’t designed with booking in mind, it is only informational, and we get some calls from the phone book but it is mostly word of mouth.
I think I have read on here you are in your 4th or 5th year in the business - so congratulations for that John. I might even say you are proving the determination part..You seem like you enjoy continuously learning and appear to have an open mind seeing how you ask for advice on here etc. Kudos to you for making things happen.Everything... I have an 8th grade education, came from a low income family, had nothing to start my business but a little skill and determination... By all accounts I should have failed inside my first year...lol.
Not sure how we got here in this thread BUT I can't imagine my son living a life having to go in those mines at such a young age (or any age). Hard to believe the Fair Labor Act was only passed about 1940. Not that long ago!Getting slave labor?
Abraham Lincoln freed everyone but little white boys, Lil white boys even worked in the late 1920s. and died at age 30 from black lung.
By 1900, at least 18% of all American workers were still under the age of 16. This young boy worked as a coal miner in Brown, West Virginia in 1908.
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See the faces behind this worldwide quest for coal.www.history.com
Some of the most striking photos (pun intended) are of the mines and mine workers. Mines are still scary places to work today, and were much more dirty and dangerous in the time when these photos were taken.
Pennsylvania 1911. Working for the coal company with a bright future ahead. Ah, those were the days.
West Virginia coal mine, 1908. Young boys were used in the mines constantly, it seems, on account of their small size and the claustrophobic mine conditions.
Kids where used as slave miners before the US Government was created..
Young Boy Coal Miner, 1909-13
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This is one of a series of photographs taken by Lewis Hine to show the condition of children working long hours in dangerous, difficult jobs. This boy, who looks to be ten to twelve years old, faces the camera, dirty and tired from working in a coal mine. His hands on his hips, he pauses a moment in his work clothes. The cap on his head holds a gas lantern with a large wick. In his pocket is a bag of chewing tobacco. He stands before railroad tracks that carry the carts of coal out of the mine.
Small boys were useful workers, being able to climb into the tiniest caves of the mine and light explosives. Besides not receiving an education or time to play, many young miners were killed or gravely injured in work accidents. Photographs like this of working boys and girls were published and shown by Hine to groups of people in order to raise awareness of this social problem. This photograph, along with several others by Hine, helped to convince a majority of Americans that child labor was unjust and resulted in laws to make the practice illegal in the United States.
As a result of his work, tougher laws were passed. In 1938 Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act, better known as the Federal Wage and Hour Law. This law established a minimum wage and a 40-hour workweek, and banned children under eighteen from working in hazardous jobs, such as mining.
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John D. Rockefeller had taken control of Lake Superior Consolidated Mines.
The Colorado Fuel & Iron Company was purchased by John D. Rockefeller in 1902
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It’s hard work and I’m only 36. But back to you hopefully you can adapt, get proper support and maybe regain some zing.At this point I’d have to say me. I’ve lost a lot of strength over the last couple years and find it hard to make it through a job on my own anymore .