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Old 02-13-2011, 12:38 PM   #61
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Wow. I just read through this section for the first time. The list of things to look out for and to strive for is invaluable. That is one great list. I had to print it out and put it on my office wall. Thanks for the great info!
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:12 PM   #62
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It sort of depends on the reputation that you have built. If you have a one man shown reputation, and you are referred, the client will expect you to be there all day everyday. Organization is key. In my line of business (Historical restoration) there aren't all that many subs to be had. Your key I believe is to hire a sup. with your mindset, work ethic, etc. etc. This will be a lot easier for you initially, than using you jobsites as experiments vetting subs, risking both your reputation, and financial stability. Plus... your client would like a face to face more than "oh... talk to so and so, I just work here."
Changing gears here... Why do you want to do multiple jobs? If your are trying to make more money, it would be beneficial for you to raise your rates, if you are operationg purely on reputation, it would be easy for you to do this. Build up a job list... and remember... the more demand you create, the more you can charge for your services. Trust me...If you are THAT good, clients will wait.
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I am in the same situation. I do have some subs that I can trust, but in order to grow I will need to expand my contacts which means finding new contacts. I also like the idea of a contract between subs and myself. I am not sure how standard that is in the industry but it is something I am keen to develop.
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It is not possible to do multiple job at a time.
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Thanks for starting a great and informative post.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:40 AM   #67
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You need to hire reliable workers. So its obviously pretty damn hard.
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I have tried the multiple jobs at once, if you do not have good subs it will just make for more work. You will be in the middle of the other project and have to stop, head over to the first. It can be done thou. I just try not to get into that thou.
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Im actually looking at relocating 3000 km away so i will have to research subcontractors when I get there. I am in Canada and you can get all of the industry approved contracts at CCDC. I will be looking at an approved method of using sub's with a solid contract between me and them. I truely believe that getting a solid base of subcontractors is the best way to keep projects timely and expand capabilities. We trades folk can be pretty difficult to control though!!
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To many people claim to be in copntrol of things that can't be controlled. Maybe they've just been lucky so far, or have a different view of what 'control' means.
Anything that involves other people is subject to forces that are outside of any one person's control. There are excellent examples throughout history.
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some great advise here, post by atlantic right on, dealing with subs get it on paper, your a contractor right, well write a contract with subs you got one with ho (i hope)! , treat all the help well buy um breakfast once in while dont beat subs up on price too much you may need to sell them that house there helping too build
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It is not possible to do multiple job at a time.
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man i was ready to argue this . but its kind of true
if you are working multiple jobs , you either have a crew on each job , or your going to be that contractor that clients hate . the one who comes , and goes , and job-hops.
i do job at a time , and even that is a big problem as far as organizing
my problem :
i`m on client "a"`s job
the next client in line " b" expects me on monday . " a" has an extra day of work for me . so i do it , and it throws off " b"`s starting date . now i`m late for " b" , and "c" and "d" are already going to be started late . meanwhile at " b" , thay too have xtra work ,or the job just takes longer because of un-forseen compications.
you have to do these changes when they come up , it doesn`t make sense to pack up my tools and tell that client" i know you have this extra work , but i have to go to my next client "
. the tools are already out , and it would be quicker , and cheaper for the cleint if you do those extras now .
now " c" and "d" will be thrown farther behind.
just went on a few bids , and got 2 more jobs , how to factor them in, and what do i tell them as far as a starting date without sounding un-organized?
in the meantime i have a coulple clients that i manage their homes year around . when they call its usually an emergency , and i`m contractually bound to drop what i`m doing and get there now , or within a day.
if i give myself an extra day cushion for each job , i could potentially be left with days where i have nothing to do if the job finished on time.

some clients understand , but some just feel i`m not organized , and don`t want to wait around for me , and i totally understand.

any input on these situations?
i can`t be the only one who is always running a few days behind
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Yeah, good luck with that.
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One job at a time? That sounds way too easy..
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One job at a time? That sounds way too easy..
I'd love it. Just needs to be a huge job.
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I'd love it. Just needs to be a huge job.
I cant even imagine. I would get bored. I am a glutton for punishment. As soon as I get a firm handle on something I add 3 or 4 more irons into the fire just to keep everyone sweating.
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[QUOTE=ohiohomedoctor;1517194]I cant even imagine. I would get bored. I am a glutton for punishment. As soon as I get a firm handle on something I add 3 or 4 more irons into the fire just to keep everyone sweating.


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i run 3-4 jobs at once , alot of the time
i`m still hands on .
i don`t want to be, i truly can`t find good help.
i put an ad out and got 30 calls , but none of them really had the right experience , or had one issue or another

i`m really frustrated
i just don`t know how you guys do it.
maybe its me
i`m always running days behind.
i do better one a a time , but it throws me further behind.
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Man does this hit home. I have been in business for a few years and have steadily grown. I have one full time guy who I can trust and count on to run things when I'm not in site, but I have yet to find any other help that doesn't need to be babysat. I have tried running multiple jobs at a time and it turns into a stressful management nightmare. But whenever I try to stick to one job at a time I either end up with dead time between jobs or the inevitable delays that cause jobs to overlap. Lately I've noticed that my crew needs too much management to be sent to complete jobs on their own. So I'm trying to rein it back in so I can stay on top of things and make sure things are done right and keep productivity as high as possible. It's a never ending cycle. And of course the more business expands the more hands off time is required of me meeting customers, looking at jobs, doing invoicing and payroll, etc.
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I think about 1 at a time...hmmmm The novelty of that.
we are on 2 outdoors job every day all the time and 2-4 interior, additions custom something or other etc, etc..... Manage what we manage in house and thank god I have dialed a handful of point and go subs that do not need any handholding. Pay your subs fast. bring deposits to get started they'll put you to the front of there list. walk through make sure all are 100% with scope and expectations and pay when they're phase is done and pay fast.

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