A home business with no red tape! It is so much easier to start up your own company in Honduras. That is just what my husband did. He found a way to support his family even when the odds were against him.
When my husband return from the USA he had to really think hard how he was going to support his family of five. There are very few jobs. If you have the right contacts you might just be lucky enough to obtain that job. He graduated as a teacher, but lost anytime acquired by his employment when he left his country. There are few teaching positions – any available would be in the mountains requiring him to leave his family for long periods of time.
So what was he to do? Celio put to mind building and remodeling houses, apartments, and whatever else. He may have studied to be a teacher, but now he was teaching himself how to build in order to make a living.
Hard work pays off. He hires and fires. Looks for all the materials needed for the job. Figures for the most cost effective way to get the job done whenever possible. He has the vision to see what the owner wants and then brings it to life. The patience to fix something that isn’t exact is not for all, but my husband can do it without thinking twice. I give him a lot of credit.
With the construction business there is no guarantee of employment. One day he could be working with his crew piling on the cement and forming just the right look, the next he could be at home thinking up another way how we will put food on the table.
You might think that this kind of labor earns a pretty penny. It does not. I would say first – we are blessed that he has a job. I know that this hard work can really wear him out, but when he finishes a project pride shows from ear to ear.
Construction here brings him $10 a day. Celio works 6 days a week. However Saturday is usually a half day; if it can be helped. When added his wages for the month are about $230 for a family of 5.
To make some extra income he helps administer rental properties such as houses and apartments. He is always on call for new rentals, problems with anything, and collecting rent. This helps with about another $150 a month.
He does not have a 401K. There are no benefits or sick days. My husband works in extreme temperatures and humidity. When adding up the earnings, then factoring in the cost of living I have to say – it is not easy.
In the end, hard work pays off. Building and remodeling is demanding. I am thankful for all that he does in the name of work to provide for his family. We don’t need much anyways. Just the right amount of work and family do fine!
What kind of ideas for a business start-up do you have?
Angie @ Newton's Travels says
He sure works hard!
I would love to start up a drive thru coffee shop. When we went to Alaska a long time ago, they had these on every corner. I love coffee but you knew that lol