The 2008 recession absolutely ravaged my area.
- Businesses at every level were hit in one way or another.
What used to be a thriving downtown hub in my small city quickly turned into a ghost town of boarded up windows and sidewalks with knee high grass and weeds. When I was in grade school, it was a beautiful area with businesses of every kind. We had a pharmacy that went back decades and three different generations in the same family. There was a hardware store downtown that was also passed down from one generation to the next. Even if their prices were a tiny bit higher than what you’d find in one of the huge hardware store chains, I still happily shopped there until the very end. I was incredibly lucky to avoid losing my job or my house when the recession ravaged the country and the world at large. There was an opening where I could possibly start my own company. I had clients from my job that were willing to stick with me if I went out of my own. The huge push came when I looked for commercial space to rent for a small office. I just wanted a place for myself and a receptionist, so I didn’t need anything expensive, large, or extravagant. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but I soon found that there were commercial and industrial spaces available for rent at low prices all throughout my city. There were even places that had turnkey facilities for factories or shipping warehouses. I didn’t need to outfit the building in anyway, I just needed standard heating and cooling like you’d expect in any small office. After securing a lease for a fantastic price, I started my business with haste.