Help me start my business!


One year ago, I was about to start my own business. Then I almost died.

Covid 19 hit me like a sledgehammer, and I woke up in the hospital after 26 days in a coma to a broken body. My chart listed pneumonia, sepsis, and multiple organ failures. I had lost 70 lbs, was too weak to even sit up by myself, let alone stand, and couldn't lift my right arm due to nerve damage.

I didn't give up.

It has been a long road, but I'm fighting my way back to health. It took months to lift my arm, but I'm finally strong enough to believe I can make a go of it again, but my finances aren't. Being crippled gets expensive, go figure.

Yeah, I'm that guy who's crazy enough to try to go straight from crippling illness to self employed maker, and I would like your help to do that.

I am a knife maker, I can do mobile sharpening, and I have my own design of light but strong hairsticks for the ladies in all sorts of pretty colors. Funding will be used first for immediate goals to start the business, and anything left over will be put toward my longer term goals to expand it.

Top priorities are:
1. Doing all the legal paperwork for starting a business.
2. Paying for initial liability insurance.
3. Establishing website(s) and paying for initial hosting.

Longer term goals are:
1. Expanding websites for e-commerce capabilities.
2. Rebuilding my mobile sharpening setup and replacing my old salvaged batteries.
3. Buying more/new materials to expand the range of products I can make.
4. Upgrading equipment for more capabilities.


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Benjamin Olsen
Carriere, MS

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