Thanks to the slump of oil and gas prices, my company's biggest clients are no longer exploring, which means they aren't sending us samples for testing, and that means we aren't getting paid, which means if I don't find a way to generate income I will need to start applying elsewhere, which is sort of a huge problem because my kids and court orders are legally keeping me in the Abilene, TX area.
Some background: I work for a very
small laboratory in west Texas. Right now our two biggest potential money-making tools are a Rigaku Nex CG XRF spectrometer
and an AGI Supersting Earth Resistivity meter
We would very much like to find a way of reaching out to people who need analytical work done cheaply, accurately and quickly. Back in February I was sent to a convention in Denver, but there was little to no real interest. I mean, I had mostly students come up and talk to me but they don't have a budget. I also had a couple of other good leads from this but they did not end up panning out. So, that ended up being a huge waste of time and money.
Another idea I had was to get involved with the EPA Superfund Contract Laboratory Program
but I don't know the ins or outs of government contracting work.
I know that it's possible to make a living by providing these services, but our location in shitty west Texas means it's impossible to just drive around and shake hands with people until you find who you need. I have a chemistry degree, not a business degree, and I'm having a whole lot of trouble doing cold calls to random companies, being an introvert.
If someone has experience in this field or can help point me in the right direction to start, I would greatly appreciate it!
BTW, I am not advertising for my business here, I just need help figuring out where to go to do that. Please don't take this post as an advertisement!