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Being a Shed Wife

(Photo courtesy of Jonathan Cooper on Unsplash)

People who only have a portable building in the backyard will never understand what it takes to get it there or the sacrifices that have been made for it to happen. 

Shortly after my husband and I first married, he took a new job hauling sheds. At that time, I had no knowledge of the industry or even knew there was an “industry” for sheds. His father had passed away a few years before, and he had been running his auto repair shop. 

After taking the job, I asked to ride with him a few times. I made myself responsible for nailing the red “flags,” which were actually those rags you buy in bulk bags, to the back corners of the shed. I also proudly nailed the Wide Load sign to the back of the building and removed it and the flags when we arrived at the customer’s house. 

I had recently begun my teaching career, so I spent most of my “ride time” writing lesson plans and grading papers in the passenger seat. We spent many long days on the road eating gas station food and dragging those heavy old tires back to the trailer after the building had been set. 

We quickly realized our “hauling” days were coming to an end after I had our daughter. Life on the road started to get hard to keep up with. Late nights and working weekends didn’t seem to support our lives as parents and made early life as a young family tough to manage. 

At that time, we decided to partner with a few friends of ours and endeavor into the tough world of starting a rent-to-own business. We had previously purchased a small convenience store in our area and were running it as well. 

Owning your own business is never a 9-to-5 job. I hear so many people say, “Oh, you are your own boss,” or “You make up your own hours.” So not true—our customers are our boss and they tend to make up our hours. 

I am not sure anyone understands the family sacrifices that are made by a building manufacturer, dealer, hauler, RTO owner, or any others who work in the shed industry. 

Although we are all competing to be the best and have the highest sales increases for the year, I have found this industry to be a family of men and women who do understand the sacrifice of placing a shed in someone’s backyard. 

Listening to stories from other wives and moms helps me understand we are all in this together. I love that my girls are growing up watching the fruits of our labor grow. 

In a time where hard work seems to have become a thing of the past, I feel blessed that we are a part of an industry that still sees the value of hard work and delivering a handmade product to someone. 

Watching the development of this industry over the last 15 years has been amazing. There have been so many technological advancements that have helped make the building, selling, and marketing of sheds a little easier for many. I’m not sure many haulers still nail red rags to the corners of their buildings but I for one will never forget the sacrifices that have been made by so many to grow this industry we love. 

Being a mom and a shed wife are not for the faint of heart. Supporting an industry that is ever-growing and changing while growing our families definitely requires balance and perseverance.

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