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Building My Life Long Dream: Starting a Pizza Shop Out of Scrap Metal

Updated on April 4, 2012

I am a thiry-something dreamer. I am stuck in a dead-end job, working tirelessly. I make fair money, but my salary is capped out in my position and I have lost all hope of ever geting promoted. This new economy has warped the minds of my bosses. They believe that since there is now an over abundance of people putting applications in, that they can treat us veterans any old way. They pay us less, make us do more. The bar keeps getting raised until we start hitting on chin on it. Documentations for "poor performance" lead to chastisement, screaming and yelling, followed by being put on an "improvement plan", followed by termination, followed by being replaced by someone cheaper who will do twice the work for half the pay. This is the essence of how these companies are trying to stay "profitable".

I, for one, have had it. But I am stuck, as you see. Running restaurants is all I know, and I can't stand to start over again somewhere else, taking another 4 grand paycut. So what is the solution?

You see my wife and I had talked about starting up a sandwich shop a few years back. Even did a little research online for the pricing of equipment and leasing of property. We both realized that a pizza shop would be ideal for the little community in which we live. There is little to no competion out here. The one pizza place that delivers out this way only delivers so far and they have horrible pizza. There are many people who have to drive to the next town to get a decent pizza because of where this pizza place cuts their delivery radius off at.

The problem lies in the fact that I have no access to venture captial. My wife and I are on the verge of rebuilding our credit, but that will take a while. I don't make enough money where I am at to even begin putting money away for this venture, and it would take years if I did not start doing something. Start working toward it

.Out of my desperation, I overhead light-bulbed an idea. I started looking around for all of the scrap metal I could find. Cans and scrap steel, whatever was laying around in the yard. I found quite a bit and was very pleased with myself. In my mind's eye, every time I saw metal, I saw money.

I started to get very creative at work. My horrible job was the perfect place to feed this scrap metal pile I was amassing. With a touch of vengeance in my heart, I started cleaning out the steel cans we had for our chili beans, and I started having my crew collect all of the aluminum foil off of all of the baked potatoes. It filled my heart with joy, knowing that I was using this beast of a job, legally, to help me get a leg up on my dream. Then I started getting really creative. I was seeing metal everywhere now and it was all stuff that was just getting tossed in the garbage. The handle to the pickle bucket, the foil on the little milk jugs I would be drinking for lunch. It seems everyone wants in my my dream. I would walk in at 3pm and one of my sandwich makers handed me a small bag chock full of foil from the baked potatoes. I have my own small metal scrapping army. It is going to take some time, I know. But how cool would it be to fund my little pizza shop, solely on the scrap metal tossed by another sandwich making franchise.

I guess I am going to have to put this little story on the pizza menu. How one guy used scrap metal to fund his business. I guess that would make my business a "green" one, don't you think?


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      MatthewLeo1701 5 years ago from Jacksonville, North Carolina - ish.

      Thank you joanveronica! I am looking forward to putting my best out here on Hubpages. Take care.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Congratulations on your Hubnugget award! Great work and I hope to hear more from you! Be happy.

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      MatthewLeo1701 5 years ago from Jacksonville, North Carolina - ish.

      Thank you Direct Inc. And thank you again for the info. I look forward to reading this and more of your hubs. Take care.

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      Direct Inc 5 years ago from Ann Arbor, Michigan

      I applaud your determination and creativity! There might be a Business and/or Kitchen Incubator in your area. Many of them offer non-traditional loans and venture capital. Here is a link to an article I wrote about them on Ezine.

      Good Luck!!! Keep us posted on your progress! ;)

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Occupy-Entrepreneurism&a...

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      lol..... I wish! But if any comes by, I will, for sure send them your way! You never know :)

      Hang in there, you are doing great!

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      MatthewLeo1701 5 years ago from Jacksonville, North Carolina - ish.

      Probably around 50 grand. That's giving us some wiggle room. Why? Know any donors? LOL.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Very inspiring! Wish you and your wife all the best. Keep at it, and never give up! Congrats on your HubNuggets nomination. Hope you win! :)

      Just curious; how much would the whole thing cost you?

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      MatthewLeo1701 5 years ago from Jacksonville, North Carolina - ish.

      @ripplemaker Thank you so much. I just want to do something different. Something that I can look back on and be proud of, and we're off to a great start.

      @BuyaBiz That is the general idea. It would be great to not have to pay anybody back.

      @joanveronica Thank you very greatly for your Hubnugget vote. I can use all the luck that I can get. And don't worry . . . I am staying the course. Got about $300 worth of scrap metal already stockpiled, and more on the way. Thanks.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, great Hub, as someone said, inspirational. Voted up and etc., and I wish you all the best on your venture!

      The secret is to stick to it, to persevere! I'm sure you will reach your objective. You have my Hubnugget vote.

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      BizVT34 5 years ago from USA

      Where there's a will there's a way! Also, you might be able to get into a restaurant of your own without "venture capital". Talk to every commercial real estate agent and strip center owner. I promise you there is a struggling restaurant behind on the rent that a landlord would let you into cheap. Keep working and one of your angles will pay off.

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Go for it Matthew! Reading your hub is such an inspiration. I wish you success.

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! Click here to read and vote http://pattyinglishms.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub... Have fun!

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      MatthewLeo1701 5 years ago from Jacksonville, North Carolina - ish.

      I too have looked on Ebay and priced ovens and pretty much found the same thing. Thank you for the input about the business plans. My wife is actually going to school for business admin. and is currently enrolled in a class where she is learning how to do just that. So, I guess, I may be the manager but she is going to end up being my boss. LOL!

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Hope you raise the money you need to put yourself in business. Don't forget to write a business plan. There are lots of websites that say how to do that. I looked on Ebay and saw pizza ovens in the range of $600 to $12,000.

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      MatthewLeo1701 5 years ago from Jacksonville, North Carolina - ish.

      Thanks Rochelle! It was truly inspired. So far I have raised a couple hundred dollars. I should be able to afford my first pizza oven in a few months at this rate!

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      Great idea! I wish you good luck and hope others take up this idea for raising some cash.

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      Your article was very inspirational. That if your eyes are open to succeed the possibilities are endless as to how to make it all happen. I wish you continuing success in all of you endeavors.

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      chris myers 5 years ago

      You can do it matt!! You have a good brain and can do anything you wanna do!!!

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      MatthewLeo1701 5 years ago from Jacksonville, North Carolina - ish.

      Thank you Sammie!

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      sammie 5 years ago

      i know you can do it! :)