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Old 03-24-2012, 09:59 AM   #101
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:38 AM   #102
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i'm tired of being tired,i had my testosterone level checked recently and it was fine..why am i so tired...tired tired tired
Because you didn't check your horomone level, they seem to be acting up again
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Ok I would have read the rest of the thread but I'm waiting at the airport for the flight back home after finally getting my first vacation in 2yrs of nonstop work. Yeah burnout sucks but a little ****** was just the ticket to get back on track.

Going back to work is kind of a downer but having a stack of checks to take to the bank helps it go down a little easier!
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man when i be gettin stressed out i call up my homies and we hit the club. i get back and kick it wit one my baby mommas...

seriously though i take a day every week to just go surf..doesnt matter whats going on i know my mind works better fresh. im not working to die
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next time i will be less location-specific but the edit is understandable tin

how does winter park get to have a mountain that name anyway??
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:29 PM   #106
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next time i will be less location-specific but the edit is understandable tin
My profuse apologies!

I never heard of that Mary Jane before.

http://www.winterparkresort.com/mountain/mary-jane/
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:26 PM   #107
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After posting this, I haven't taken on any new basements. I'll admit, I've had a lot of jobs that I didn't get. I found out that my prices were actually higher than another GC that subs everything out.

I think that I reached a point where I needed to start really specializing in something. I picked plumbing. I still do a few egress windows here and there but have mainly been doing plumbing for remodels mixed with a little service.

I am finding that my overall profits are consistant with previous years but I have been less stressed and had more free time. There is still a lot of overhead and numbers are tight but I feel like I'm going in a good direction.
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:09 AM   #108
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Has anybody reached a point in their career where they were just sick and tired of the entire industry? I love the construction aspect of my job but I have a hard time calling it a profession because some of my competitors work for peanuts.

In my 5 years of running a business, I have easily turned down more work than I have accepted. I have have always done high quality work and play by the rules by pulling permits and holding wc. I also have a decent portfolio that attracts new clients.

Awhile back I realized that I was not charging nearly enough and was making up for it by working nonstop. So I let everybody go. No more employee and no more work for subs. Just a one man show right now. I stopped doing line item pricing and have added another 20% to my bids for profit, overhead, and changes.

I am going to sign a contract this weekend for a $35K basement finish. Another bid was $9K less than mine, yet they have decided to go with me. The problem is that my bid should be more like $45K in order to make the money I need.

My point is that I am either going to start making the money I deserve or I will be staying home doing stuff around the house. Thanks for allowing me to vent.

I made that decision about 4 months ago my self...now I charge top dollar, work less, but am busy enough making MORE MONEY per job...

and you know what? People will pay it..My business is full of so many scabs and dopes that thin they must bend over and pay the HO because they have a job for them..

I no longer negotiate the numbers, call the shots as i want them, try to bring value to the proposal as well as listen to the requests and accommodate where I can..

its works...

you don't have to lower numbers and work cheaply..if moe would realize this..the markets would change..
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yo thanks for the update, funny re reading this thread after a few months

between the advice given and knowing I'm not alone............. maybe I'll blow off work today and..... yeah right........

The biggest deal is getting good money for your services, it's a fine line I think

On the other hand a friend of mine packed all his tools up after years of complaining, got a nice job behind a desk, making good money, thought he was on top of the world, where is he nine months later? You guessed it, back at work, realized nothing was better than driving around installing floors complaining about contractors, customers, prices, and the other assorted bs............
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This happens alot around here too. But we find that more times than not, the HO that hired someone because they were "cheaper", ends up calling us to repair the mess that the cheaper contractor made....or that he ran with their money. We have some real skids around here I tell ya. Honestly though, I don't think people will ever learn. There will always be people that will higher because of price and not realize they may be comprimising the quality of workmanship by doing so. And as there will always be HO's like that....there will always be losers acting like they can do it all.
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I had been struggling with some of these same issues. I decided to be selective about the jobs I take and raise prices. As some have done, I decided to never negotiate my price and work only for people that respect the trade and pay for value. So far it has worked out great. We have had our best year ever in 2012.
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2012 best year for us too
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Ditto.. This was not a good year to be "burned out".
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Well i didn't read this entire post but I'll post anyway...why? because I've got nothing better to do on a sat night befor the kids go to bed.

I get burned out and bored around this time every year. Worst off is that this is my busiest time of year. Everyone calling to get stuff done before the snow flies and it's rarely interesting work. Then the deep freeze hits and I'm doing commercial work or working for 1/2 of what i make the rest of the year.

Then late Feb early march there's nothing going on and i sit around for a while, getting bored doing stuff around the house for a month. Then I get a call about something that actually sounds interesting and my whole attitude changes. Oh, yeah!!! I really like doing some of this stuff. Oh boy, i can't wait to see what else comes up this spring. Then around the end of Aug the cycle repeats itself
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I relish down time. It sounds really nice. One day...
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I relish down time. It sounds really nice. One day...

Exactly.

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