Bob owned a pharmacy store back home for over 20 years before he moved to Canada in 2016. He recalls the tough days when nobody was willing to give him any job. He went from door to door, agency to another agency, nothing seemed to work in his favour. After 3 months of persistent search and strong willingness to sustain himself and his family in Canada, an old man offered him to work as a general labourer at much lower rate than the minimum wage rate. Bob happily took the offer at an instant as he had the vigor to start his life afresh and work hard.
Picking up heavy stuff weighing as much as 50 pounds and climbing stairs to working in dingy basements wasn’t an easy task at all. Especially when you know you are being paid much lower than the market minimum wage rate. He worked for 10 hours each day only to be paid $90 at the end of each day. The zeal to learn the construction tasks led Bob to wake up each morning and head to work undeterred. Working as a general labourer, Bob offered his help to construction workers and quickly learnt tasks like laying floor tiles, fixing plumbing issues, repairing basements and various other handyman jobs.
After having worked for a year as a general laborer, Bob started posting his availability as a handyman on various websites like Kijiji and alike. The general laborer shifts continued alongside handyman tasks until the volume for work became consistent. Bob paired up with a friend at work and formed a team to work full time on handyman tasks. Recently they have further hired 3 full time employees and take up complete home renovation tasks. Soon they are planning to incorporate as a Brand Name to promote and expand their home renovation business.