Tough love. Some parents believe in it, others feel like it might be the wrong approach. For me, tough love usually delivers results, or at least wakes people up. This is going to be a very short post - so think about what I am saying here. If you want to play with your equipment, take it apart, put it back together, shine it up and practice playing around with it, go ahead. But if you are doing these kinds of things before knowing the numbers of your business, understanding how to estimate and whether or not you are charging the right amount of money for your services, it's probably time to start looking on Craigslist for a job, because that is where you are headed eventually. Put down the wrench and the grease gun, pick up a piece of paper, a pen and a calculator and get to work. Real work.