I’m an Electrical Engineer that owns and operates a small engineering practice – JMK Engineering Inc. JMK Engineering was founded in 2012 after spending 7 years working for three great firms starting at the massive AMEC (now AMEC Foster Wheeler), to a relatively large regional firm CBCL Limited, and then I rounded out my career with a small Electrical Engineering and Automation focused firm H2E Incorporated.
This gave me a great background in understanding in how large and small firms and large and small clients operate, and where are the friction points that a small, specialize firm can help. I started JMK Engineering when moving from Spokane, WA to St. John’s, NL, literally in the car. I formed a numbered Canadian Corporation in a motel in Saskchewan, built a website and got an email address set up in Ontario when staying at relatively, and bought my insurance in Halifax, NS waiting for all our stuff to catchup with us.
JMK Engineering has been my main revenue source for the last 4 years, with a couple of small jobs like teaching a course at CBU or part-time support at CBCL offices in St. John’s when they were overloaded. I have learned a lot about getting a new practice off the ground, finding new clients and executing projects by building a team of other engineers like myself.
This website started out as a place to collaborate with my classmates when studying at Dalhousie, then for the last 10 years its been blog in the most literal sense with little purpose. Now it is the platform where I can help other unemployable professionals like myself start their own practice, and help you decide if you are really ready for the jump of being on your own, or you need to change workplaces instead.
We are working on a “getting started” course, and if you are interested join my personal newsletter, I will be asking questions about what you want to learn more about there and you can access me directly by hitting reply. I won’t always be talking about starting a business there, but most of them will help you in the vein no matter what!