An appliance repair company in Toronto has launched a blog to help advice locals on looking after their household appliances. Prime Appliance Repairs, who cover the whole of the...
They say necessity is the mother of invention.
It’s also the mother of re-invention.
When Shawn Masterson couldn’t find work in his chosen trade as a heavy equipment operator, the Nakusp resident looked for other ways to earn an independent living in a small town.
He saw that locals had no easy way to get their fridges, dishwashers and laundry machines fixed — and there was an opportunity there.
“I was working at Home Hardware, and a lot of people would come to me and say ‘there’s something wrong with this or that, I wish there was an appliance guy around’,” he recalls.
“There was a guy who used to come in. But he’d charge crazy travel fees, I guess they were reasonable for the amount of time he’s driving, but it was pretty expensive for people to come and get him in,” says Masterson. “I just figured we could use one around here.”
He says his employer had considered, but turned down, the idea of starting up a repair service, so “I ended up leaving the company, and taking it on myself,” he says.
Masterson, who says he has always been a tinkerer, took online trades courses, getting his degree in appliance repair.
“I had some experience from personal work, fixing friends stuff and fixing my own — the handyman, jack-of-no-trades kind of idea,” he says. “The courses were about six months, pretty in-depth and detailed.”
Business has been steady since he started in March 2017, with most of his work coming through word-of-mouth….