I've been self employed since 2003. I fix and install refrigeration and air conditioning systems, ranging in size from domestic fridges up to a 700 cubic meter freezer room, and from a small single air con unit to the complete air con system for a local college, and dairy farms ranging from 400L of milk up to 24,000L.
I like fixing things and knowing how things work, which i think is why i like Buddhism as it teaches us how we work
My job gives me the opportunity to do things at or below cost for people who are in need. I always aim to be honest and fair with people though i don't always recieve the same in return.
Some days i don't see anyone to talk to as on most farms the work is done by machines, some even have robot milkers so the herdsman only has to check on the health of the animals and feed them etc. It can be quite lonely.
Many of the farm workers are Polish or Czechs so neither of us know what the other is saying!
I never really know what time i will finish work as it depends on what calls come in and how long it takes to repair, so one day i might do six hours and 20 miles and the next 18 hours and 250 miles! I think the longest day i have done is 36 hours
This last week my customers have ranged from a Turkish kebeb shop owner to a Lord and the bass player of a well known band, i try to treat them all equally.