First off, here's a little bit about me:
I am 28 years old (fixing to be 29!) and have worked on computers as a career since 2005. My roots lay in the Art Department however I have not drawn or painted anything in years. I used to love it and had won many awards for my artwork and poetry. (I am published in The International Book Of Poetry and Noble House Publishing!) When I started working on computers, full time, that flame burnt out and a new one lit up even stronger. I found my calling you may say! Www.JoshHesser.Com
I went to school in 2004 for computer Graphic Design and graduated in 2005.
I went back to school for Computer Repair in 2005 and graduated in late 2006 with Honors and my A+ Certification in Computer Hardware and Software.
I started my computer business in 2006 as a mix of Graphic Design, Web Design and Computer Repair.
Over a couple year period, I eventually migrated to computer repair only.
While working at the Technology Center in 2010 I found out that I was a type 1 Diabetic when I was diagnosed with a 654 blood sugar and hospitalized for 4 days. (Thank you Kara!) I had no health insurance at the time, had just bought a new house 3 months earlier and was a year in debt on my new car! My life began to go a different direction quickly when I started receiving the medical bills........
I ran a full time computer repair business called CGrafiks from 2006 - 2012 while also working almost full time for the school system. I worked as the Network Administrator and technician at the Tennessee Techology Center from 2007 - 2011 and then moved on to the Cumberland County Board of Education as a computer technician at one of our High Schools. With my health issues, It got to be too much for me trying to own a successfull shop, maintain a school system, while maintaining my health, stress, and family also. In March 2012 I shut my business down with a total of over 600 clients and a profit of $20,000 a year. When I closed the shop I had a full time manager, and a full time technician available and was still not able to keep up with everything that a computer business has to offer. When someone tells you that there is nothing to owning a business... they have evidentially never had one that was successfull.
Now I just work full time at the High School... fix some computers here and there when I feel like it, and try to focus a little more on getting back to my roots, spending time with my family, and fixing up things around the house.