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Wilde Engineering - Day 1

September 14, 2020

A brand new, $2,000 lap top sits in front of me. It has all the power and gadgets to get a new engineering firm running. There is one problem, though; I have no idea how to turn this thing on. As I looked all over for the power button I muttered to myself "I should really know how to turn on a lap top before I start my own engineering firm". Well, five minutes later, tail tucked between my legs, and the directions in front of me, I found the power button. Wilde Engineering is up and running! Well, sort of. 

Fast forward 8 hours and the first day of Wilde Engineering was in the books. It consisted mostly of setting up my software (AutoCAD and Revit), getting finances in order through Quickbooks, and getting used to the dogs wrestling under my desk for most of the day. Overall, I would call the first day a success. 

As I reflect on the last week, I am excited, anxious, and, to be completely honest, scared as anything. I left a great company in Optima Engineering where, if not for this entrepreneur drive, I could have seen myself retiring. I now do not have a consistent paycheck, but rather have to go out and get work in order to pay the bills (I had a water heater scare the day after I put my two-week notice in). Also, I now have to wear all the hats of a business in order for Wilde Engineering to succeed. Marketing, accounting, engineer, business development, all fall on my shoulders. It is a daunting task, but if I didn't think I couldn't do it, I wouldn't be here right now. 

The close of the first day eases some anxiety, but there the uncertainty still remains. I am more than excited for this journey and I have all the confidence that I will be able to turn this dream into a full blown success! 

Check in on my blog from time to time to see how things are going. I plan to be fully transparent, tell some good stories about this undertaking, share my mistakes, as well as my fun and interesting experiences. Join along as Wilde Engineering grows to a top engineering firm!

Matt Lewis, PE 

Founder, President, and Average Golfer

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