I meet a guy a few weeks back that I had told one of my costumers about taking his work to him (I was just way to busy to get it done). The guy stoped in and thanked me for sending work his way, which told me he was a good guy to deal with in the future. We sat and talked for a good hour and a half discussing the projects each of us had in our shops.
He has a shop that basically will do any metal fab that a custumer can dream of along with restoring cars that no one would even think about fixing. He's been doing this for the last 40+ years the old school way with just the bare essentials for tools. Kinda what I always wanted to do many years ago before I got where I am.
Now the problem I'm facing is that he told me to come work with him the first time I meet him. I went down to his shop last night and he was begging me to come and help him out. The problem with going and working with him is I don't have time too. I like what I'm doing (most days) fixing up up semi's and trailers along with working on equipment for a couple of farmers in the area. But my love of old iron is really throwing a wrench into all this. I've always loved playing with metal and old cars but don't have the time to do it.
I'm just afraid that if I go start working with him I'll end up burning alot of bridges with the people I deal with everyday, which I don't want to by any means. At the shop I'm at now they kind of depend on me to do certain things that would cost them alot more $ someplace else. Through the last few years we've grown to be almost like family and I wouldn't feel right leaving them hanging. Not to be braging, but I'm kinda hard to replace with all the know how and skills I have. There just isn't many people around here that can do what I do.
I'm just looking for some opinions from some of you on how you'd handle this situation.