The owners of a travel agency I was working for, were opening new businnes - Night Club Tramontana. They were asking me, if I know any carpenter would make a solid wood signs for the place.. Of course I do, I was joking, I am the one :). And they did not take me quite seriously. As they were unable to find a carpenter, who would not just cut the wood signs for them, but paint the letters on them as well, so they came back to me. And so it ended up, that they gave me additional holidays to finish the job for them.
That is how it really started actually... since that time, people were asking, talking, discussing.. and in the end most of them came to ask me to do the work. And I did not charge a lot really, since I still had my job and I was doing it more or less for fun. But it changed soon..