You can wait a while to get a new roof if things are not too bad, but I knew I had to find some cash to use to pay for a brand new roof at some point. I was already investing with Laidlaw & Company, and I called and asked for James Ahern and Matthew Eitner. I figured they could give me the big advice I needed, and I was sent back to my broker with a plan to make an account just for the roof.
Laidlaw & Company has a lot of aggressive investment options they can use, and I asked for the most aggressive option I could get. I figured the only way to do this was to make the money really fast, put the profits back in my regular account and then pay for the roof. We actually took the money out, used it the invest in this hot new business my broker knew about, and I got a dividend check in one quarter. I paid for the roof with the check, and then I replaced the money I used the next quarter with those dividends.
It went so well that I kept doing it because I thought I should at least give it a try. I have half my savings tied up in that business now because it has grown so much over the last couple years, and I am making a lot more money than I used to. I cannot say I am thankful for a bad roof, but it did help me find a new way to invest at Laidlaw & Company.