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Old 12-07-2016, 12:09 AM   #21
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"Develop a long term full time employee able to operate independently of me."

Sorry to be so cynical, but that guy's going to be smart enough to realize "Hey, I can operate independently" and become your competitor. This site is full of those guys, at least they were at one time.
And then realize all of actual hard work it takes and realize he doesn't mind being the employee who can operate independently of the owner but also gets to go home at night and not worry about overhead, schedules, competition, quotes, suppliers, deliveries, cost overruns...

A smart business owner pulls the curtain back from time to time and gives them a taste of running their own business. When they see how the sausage is made, they are happy with where they are. It's about doing it the right way. Rewarding their profitability and making sure they take ownership of your business.

There is an art to keeping a good employee, some just don't know how to do it.
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Old 12-07-2016, 08:36 AM   #22
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And then realize all of actual hard work it takes and realize he doesn't mind being the employee who can operate independently of the owner but also gets to go home at night and not worry about overhead, schedules, competition, quotes, suppliers, deliveries, cost overruns...

A smart business owner pulls the curtain back from time to time and gives them a taste of running their own business. When they see how the sausage is made, they are happy with where they are. It's about doing it the right way. Rewarding their profitability and making sure they take ownership of your business.

There is an art to keeping a good employee, some just don't know how to do it.
Please share your secrets with the class.

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2016 was good all in all but unpredictable at times. We accomplished good sales and we gained a lot of more than satisfied customers but we didn't completely follow through with all the promotional activities we committed to at the beginning of 2016. For example, our project page http://aquagranite.com/projects/ where we want to present our work has only 6 projects. We started late this year with it but we still could put more as we did many more projects than we showed. So, we definitely need to work more on showing and presenting our work online in 2017.
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Old 12-07-2016, 11:45 AM   #24
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Slick website. I see you worked out in Saylorsburg. You go to West Jersey/PA routinely or was that a one time thing?
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My goals for 2017 are fairly different then they have been for the past several years. All my goals since I have started my busies have had to do with adding things. I have been adding tools, a shop, rental properties and so forth. Although I am positive some things will be added in 2017 that is not my goal.

My goal for 2017 is to oil the machine. Basically I want every aspect of my business and home decluttered and "work ready" This means all tools are repaired or pitched. Everything has a home and is put there. One other key part of this is identifying what all parts and inventory I have on had and making sure it is used before more is purchased. And of course paper work is included. This plan must cover every, tool box, drawer and cubby hole I own.

The idea is that as I set larger goals in future years my crap doesn't slow me down. Even if my future goals are to maintain at a current volume, I want to be able to do so without the struggles.

That being said, getting all my stuff clean in one year might be the most ambitious goal I have ever set.
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Old 12-31-2016, 08:28 PM   #26
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My goals:

Find more good subs (Where's the Metro of drywall in Portland?)
Work closer to home
Work hardest in the winter and play more in the summer.
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My goal is to scale back a little.
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Try not to strangle my teenage kids....
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After a much needed mental break and retooling in 2015, i owned 2016 like I couldn't imagine I could have. Actually owned it too much that it is causing other issues.

2017 i want to keep the same because I managed to keep my sanity.

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Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.
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If you wanna meet your goals don't stop doing a bad habit! REPLACE your "bad" Habit with a GOOD one then there is no time for said bad habit. Trust yourself you can achieve it!
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Old 01-01-2017, 10:15 AM   #34
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Remove myself from the crew as much as I can. My physical contribution is minimal when I work with the guys. I'm basically a highly paid laborer (by choice) i like being at every job especially the ones I sell but they can get done just as good without me.

The amount of calls and leads I've gotten from my site for cleaning and repair has given me no choice but to take this ignored part of my business for decades on. Used to get a hand full of calls before site now prob got over 100 this fall alone.

These are $175-$250 jobs that are quick money jobs (hour or so) I will be the new repair guy for now . We'll see how it goes.



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Remove myself from the crew as much as I can. My physical contribution is minimal when I work with the guys. I'm basically a highly paid laborer (by choice) i like being at every job especially the ones I sell but they can get done just as good without me.

The amount of calls and leads I've gotten from my site for cleaning and repair has given me no choice but to take this ignored part of my business for decades on. Used to get a hand full of calls before site now prob got over 100 this fall alone.

These are $175-$250 jobs that are quick money jobs (hour or so) I will be the new repair guy for now . We'll see how it goes.



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If you did all 100 at 250 that would be 25000. I find 1 hour jobs take me about three hours, four if you count talking about doing them and billing for them. So for me at least, it would be 25000 divided by 400 hours. Or roughly ten weeks. If you were able to hang two houses a week at 2500 per that woulld be 50k.

The other thing I consider when looking at small repair work is that the call back ratio will likely be the same and the amount of time to deal with the call back will be about the same, same drive time, same pick up whatever doodad etc....

Obviously you make better money on your time on installations, I dont know that 10k after taxes and overhead woulld be worth having to shake hands with another hundred people.

If I were in your shoes I would doublle the price on that repair work. Half will say no and half will say yes. Same amount of money but hallf the people and half the time.
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Remove myself from the crew as much as I can. My physical contribution is minimal when I work with the guys. I'm basically a highly paid laborer (by choice) i like being at every job especially the ones I sell but they can get done just as good without me.

The amount of calls and leads I've gotten from my site for cleaning and repair has given me no choice but to take this ignored part of my business for decades on. Used to get a hand full of calls before site now prob got over 100 this fall alone.

These are $175-$250 jobs that are quick money jobs (hour or so) I will be the new repair guy for now . We'll see how it goes.



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All valid points and what's kept me from doing small stuff since day one. Spending two hours on a $300 (including drive and sales) job never made sense to me since when we install new gutters I can remove the old ones on someone's house and install new with the average time being 2-3 hours. We average around $400-$450 an hour installing gutters when we hustle installing the more profitable 6"

My competitors all do cleaning and repairs so I just need to figure out how it can be most beneficial to me to take advantage of some of the leads I've been getting. I've made a good living running lean and mean for over 20 years but when it comes to running an actual business and growing it I'm in the dark.






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These smaller cleaning and repair jobs may be suitable for the less talented workers on the crew (thinking of a post by Spencer).

Is this job site cleaning?


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These smaller cleaning and repair jobs may be suitable for the less talented workers on the crew (thinking of a post by Spencer).

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No gutter cleaning and small repairs to gutters etc. I was gonna be that less talented guy doing these menial jobs lol.


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My competitors all do cleaning and repairs so I just need to figure out how it can be most beneficial to me to take advantage of some of the leads I've been getting. I've made a good living running lean and mean for over 20 years but when it comes to running an actual business and growing it I'm in the dark.










Sell your leads for $25 each to your competitors.

It puts spending money in your pocket, keeps them busy on low margin jobs, and lets you focus on the moneymakers that they might get.



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