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Old 12-30-2014, 03:52 PM   #81
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It seems like a lot of you guys have crews, but the original question was about/for the single man operation. I can't imagine being a 1, or maybe 2 man team and having 3-4 remodels going on at a time.
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:42 PM   #82
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I guess it is multi-tasking.

My son pretty much does the commercial side of your business now, and he has a sub contract crew with him, and I have my subs, and if you really, really want to know:

I currently have 2 homes under construction and 1 remodel, plus 3 steel buildings in quick schedule, 1 in progress, and 1 warehouse reskin taking place as I type this.
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Great advice here really appreciate all comments!
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I'll be there next week. ...................

I never really say no . But I really don't say yes either !

I can start on that next week! Works for me.

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Also like! Every point is spot on.
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I'd like to see this thread active again. We ve have multiple guys and jobs , and its always a challenge . for a one man show , what you have to sell is that you do it personally, and be careful how you use your time ...don't bounce around so much trying to show activity that you don't get results. Just say no, i can't be there til Wednesday and finish what you are on is best at times .
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I have 6 guys split into 3 - 2 man crews,
3 crews 3 jobs at once, I handle all the selling and organizing, managing etc and my wife handles all the office work or smart end of the business as I call it.
Sometimes it gets crazy and I still have to say no to jobs, if any of the guys need time of I normally dust of the ol tools and giv' er.
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Multiple jobs. They are a joy. In the end it always seem to work out if your working for the right People..if not? It can turn into nightmare!!!!
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I can't find any guys I would trust to do the work or treat my customers to my standards. I could put another crew on right away if that was possible. Not sure if I want the headaches, but I could get enough work.

I have multiple jobs that should be going now. We are working through the next few weekends to keep up. This is to get to some small jobs that have been waiting since April or May. They would wait longer, but we need to bust our hump to beat the weather.

Why do people wait until late September to decide they want exterior paint?
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I am a one man show. Occasionally I use a friend or family member for labor, but not often. I am swamped right now. I am working 3 jobs, have an accepted bid due to start in a week, and have 2 other bids out. If I can make everything work out I will be done working until the spring.

I am honest with my clients. All my business is referrals for the most part so people don't mind waiting for me because they know they will get quality. Being upfront puts everyone's time expectations in line so nobody feels slighted.
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I Always say yes when I should say no . I just did this ! As It stands ..I've got 5 homes to hang and finish out by the end of next month ...Not little homes either... There Is no way in hell I'm going do It !!


Oh well....You don't know unless you try! I'll see what's What after the dust settles. BTW I turned down 3 homes this Month.. So.... No!! Construction Is not dead!
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I 'm not a one -two man show, but was for years , and pretty much have always ran multiple jobs. 17 is the most I've ever had going , and run 6-8 all the time.

Here are some things I 've found that help:

1. As much as you can, keep them geographically close together.

2. Promise clients very little in the way of timelines , if you aren't pinned down to it. Flexibility is helpful.

3. Sheetrock mud drying is your friend.

4. Tell people up front , you ll only be there certain days, times,etc. Don't set unreal expectations... You ll have enough pressure as it is.

5. Be ultra organized . You guys may have seen my work trailer, or you can check it out on Tools of the Trade online ....if you are going to run multiple jobs, you won't have time to waste looking for tools and supplies , or making extra supply runs . You really have to use your time well.

6. Minimize set up and tear down time any way you can.

7. Start early

8 . Set up material the evening before

9. Never act stressed or discuss the other work you have going with the customer you are with now. Relax and they will relax

10. Be systematic in how you approach a job, and if you can't be onsite, don't leave questionable loose ends, and if you have to, then explain why something may look unfinished so they don't start picking .
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I just dealt with this first hand, it is now kicking me in the arse. BUT I learned a bunch and am moving forward. Organization is definetly key and having half way decent worker she or subs has turned out important also. I just had to fire my formen who was family and it sucked but at the end of the day it's business.
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I am a 1 man show doing drywall and painting only thing i sub out is hanging drywall if im too busy.Calendar and knowing how long it takes you to do things is a must.Big jobs and little fillers are perfect to keep me busy at the same time working 6 days a week, and having happy customers.
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Too May jobs....the topic is risen again.

I am getting ready to jump in the truck and head for Abiliene Texas to train an ICF crew for big money. I charge a grand a day plus mileage. I have 1 home under firm contract, one to close on next week, 48,000 of commercial steel on one site and that much again on other sites for this summer.

And my son and I were trying to find work for our subs in the "gap"...when there is nothing to do for the week before all hell breaks loose. Life in construction. I could write a book about it.
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One thing that helped me handle more jobs and grow is partnering with other small companies. I've partnered with a concrete contractor New Orleans LA and another small remodeler. If I start getting bogged down and I'm getting several referrals, I pass them off to those companies if it fits them. I get 10% of any closed job and do nothing but pass on the lead. The key is you have to know and trust those guys and know the quality of work they do.

This has freed me up and I really makes me a little more picky about the jobs that I want to handle.

Hopes this helps!
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I get 10% of any closed job and do nothing but pass on the lead.
Isn't this illegal? Since you're not an authorized salesperson for that company, yet earning commission from them? I could be totally off base, but thought I remembered reading that somewhere...
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Not at all, as long as he's licensed. At least that's the case here where I am. I think it's best practice to advise the homeowner on who exactly is doing the job.
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Two small specs hung . Jumping between the two on the finishing solo ...With another being loaded next week . And a good size custom ready soon .

Turned down two homes I could walk to from my front door. But they don't give me the work these other guys do .
My phone has blown up the last few weeks. As it usually does .. nobody really asking for prices .. they just want the best!!! And I'm just one broken down MOFO. And I can't do it all !!

First come . First served . Or I could sub everything out to a white van full of my cousins.and take everything that comes over the line !

But I haven't got the balls to do that yet.

I got one spec builder that uses box cabinets . And this idiot figures the cabinets up before the trusses are set. By the time I get there ? All I'm hearing is cabinet man...cabinet man!!!

I just told him this last weekend he can shove those wal mart cabinets up his ass !

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