Toby Asplin (center, flanked by his crew) was looking to make an offer on a small business information technology consulting firm when he got a call from his broker. Bad news: the deal had fallen apart. That was a big disappointment. But it was what the broker did next that took Asplin full circle, back to the time, when as a child, he often followed his dad and uncle to remodeling jobs with a hammer in his small hand.
By the time he could lift a drill, Toby was boring holes for new doorknobs; later, he'd pull nails out of reclaimed lumber, and be paid for every pound he recovered.
"So by a young age I was already on a production-based compensation plan," Asplin chuckled.
His first job was at age eight, selling greeting cards thanks to an ad in the back of Boys Life magazine. With his parents urging him to save at least half the proceeds from that gig, the odd construction job and birthday money from relatives, by the time he was nearly 12, he had enough... Read More