I have just now arrived in Kuwait where I have been assigned by the company. Of course in theory I am a defense contractor, but in reality I work for the company that has the contract here. They explained to me that this makes me eligible for insurance from the Defense base act insurance. It usually applies to dockworkers on Naval bases that happen to be overseas. This is what the official government site says more or less. The Defense Base Act gives workers’ compensation protection to civilian employees working outside the USA on military bases or under a contract with the U.S. government for public works or for national defense. I am not sure that it really matters that much, but of course I am looking at it to see if it ends up costing me more or less out of my pocket. I am making pretty good money on this job and I am going to try to figure out how I can save as much of it as I possibly can. It has always been my intention to end up owning my own business. The big question is how to do it. In theory you can do it on a rather shoe string type budget. To do service work I would just basically need a few things. You would need a cargo van with tools in it, then just little more than a cell phone. There are ways to get around paying for a full time secretary, but you obviously need someone who can answer the phone for you. It is not going to be practical to devote time to answering every single call that comes in, a lot of them are going to be trivial stuff that is not going to be a profitable way to ration your time on.

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