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#1 Trent Thomson OFFLINE  

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Posted February 23, 2012 - 10:01 AM

Hi guys. Does anyone out there have any ideas for a new small business. Looking for a recently new thing that is catching on quite well. Where I live we are usually a few years behind on new technology of any kind so I would love to bring something new to the Island. I am pretty knacky at alot of things and its looking like I may have to change occupations due to neck problems. Here is my situation. I am a heavy equipment operator and a year and a half ago (July 29, 2010) I was unloading my Volvo 240 excavator off the float when things were a little wet and greasy and the left track slid off the float dropping about 2 feet. 23000 lbs tends to drop fast with quite a bang! I snapped my neck sideways and been in pain ever since and off work on compensation unable to work. Been to 4 specialists in 3 different provinces. Orthopediac surgeon and neurologist on P.E.I., and pain specialists in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and waiting to get an appiontment with another orthopediac surgeon in New Brunswick as I type. Some say it is whiplash , some say ligament damage. Finally the last guy says I have a bone spur on the bottom of my C4 vertibrea that nobody else seemed to see and when the excavator slid the bone spur damaged the tissue around it. Had lots of meds and cervical injections in my neck but nothing seems to take the pain away.I'm hoping this next surgeon will just go in and remove the spur, but there is still no gurantee that the pain will be removed with it. Soooo, it looks like I may have to change jobs since the vibrations of running the equipment irritates the tissue to much. So I'm thinking I would like to do something new that is proving to do well in other areas. There is definately alot of knowledgable guys on here so would anyone have a good serious suggestion?

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Posted February 23, 2012 - 11:09 AM

I feel for you with that neck pain.It's not fun at all to be in pain all the time,i have a hip that pains me all the time.
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Posted February 23, 2012 - 11:40 AM

Trent, I don't presume to be knowledgeable about business, so I can't give you any advice. I hope you get some relief. I have worked with several people who had terrible back and neck pain. They have had access to some great doctors. They sometimes did very well. Others not so.

I hope you find a good doctor and get some good advise here.
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Posted February 23, 2012 - 11:46 AM

I feel for you with that neck pain.It's not fun at all to be in pain all the time,i have a hip that pains me all the time.


Not to hijack the thread, but Maynard, you need to get that hip replaced if it's bad. Mom & Dad both got a hip replaced at 86yrs old & healed up in record time! You're not on your back at all. Up in a matter of hours & hip pain is gone!
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Posted February 23, 2012 - 11:56 AM

I have Stenosis of the neck, it sucks pain and headaches every day. Pain is minor after you discover what you can no longer due. I am building databases for the DOD right now but when I am released I will start doing restoration and fabrication work for myself. I have found sitting at a desk all day is just as bad as anything else. I was injured seven years ago and deployed two more times. I was injured again last deployment and now am just waiting to be retired. Good luck with everything.
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Posted February 23, 2012 - 12:03 PM

System Integration. It's not going to make you rich, but it is a growing industry.

In residential, you would tie the lighting, heat, heck... even the surround sound together. It's an industry we are hoping to get into where I work. We do a little, but not control modules or anything like that. there would be lots of Commercial applications too.

Another thing I always wanted to try is Internet Technologies.

One other idea, If you are certified as a HE operator, it shouldn't be too much of a jump to get into safety training and certification of others. You'd run the equip much less and still have the practical experience to back it up.
And you could tell people what they're doing wrong all day... :D

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Posted February 23, 2012 - 01:21 PM

Not to hijack the thread, but Maynard, you need to get that hip replaced if it's bad. Mom & Dad both got a hip replaced at 86yrs old & healed up in record time! You're not on your back at all. Up in a matter of hours & hip pain is gone!




Yes,I have already been thinking towards that.

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Posted February 23, 2012 - 03:48 PM

One other idea, If you are certified as a HE operator, it shouldn't be too much of a jump to get into safety training and certification of others. You'd run the equip much less and still have the practical experience to back it up.
And you could tell people what they're doing wrong all day... :D


That would be a great idea. Especially if you can consider yourself a people person and be able to talk in a group setting.

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Posted February 24, 2012 - 08:34 AM

I am going to agree with Alan and George. Years of experience can pay off. If that isn't an option, if you are computer friendly, then something there. System Integration and such seem to be hot items.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 07:32 AM

I am going to agree with Alan and George. Years of experience can pay off. If that isn't an option, if you are computer friendly, then something there. System Integration and such seem to be hot items.


I agree with going with your life experience as a strong asset. Might not become instanly rich but there's value in passing on what you know, to those who think they do...All the best to you!


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