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Old 02-14-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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is it just me or do you guys ever get jobs that keep you up at night?ive not had any dissatisfied customers yet but i cant help but keep my cell by the pillow when ive got an open roof and its calling for rain.maybe its just low self esteem or the fact that my dad was a pesimist.am i normal?
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:30 PM   #2
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is it just me or do you guys ever get jobs that keep you up at night?ive not had any dissatisfied customers yet but i cant help but keep my cell by the pillow when ive got an open roof and its calling for rain.maybe its just low self esteem or the fact that my dad was a pesimist.am i normal?
I believe what your suffering from is honor and integrity. When I open up peoples work from the past 5 years of the building boom, my first question I ask myself is "how do these people sleep at night?".

A principle is one of several things: (a) a descriptive comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption; (b) a normative rule or code of conduct, and (c) a law or fact of nature underlying the working of an artificial device.
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Your worrying is all part of being in the contracting business. Sweating your money from a pain in the ass customer, worrying about an open roof or any scratches on a customer wood floors from an extensive remodel ect. Thats why they say " only the strong survive!"
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is it just me or do you guys ever get jobs that keep you up at night?ive not had any dissatisfied customers yet but i cant help but keep my cell by the pillow when ive got an open roof and its calling for rain.maybe its just low self esteem or the fact that my dad was a pesimist.am i normal?
I think you're way normal for an honest contractor who cares about his clients and their property. Try not giving a shxx and see how long you stay in business.
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I think it is normal, but it gets easier over time. I do not own a company but I run work for a large company. Sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep at night if the day didn't go well or I have alot to plan for the next day. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and find the answer I was looking for all day. Like others said, if you strive to be good at what you do that is part of the business.
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I always have a hard time shutting my brain off, not really worrying all the time but reviewing i guess,and preparing.
My wife always asks me what i'm thinkig about when i zone out, i can't tell her work anymore, she can't stand that......
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is it just me or do you guys ever get jobs that keep you up at night?ive not had any dissatisfied customers yet but i cant help but keep my cell by the pillow when ive got an open roof and its calling for rain.maybe its just low self esteem or the fact that my dad was a pesimist.am i normal?
All jobs I get -- I think about during off hours at home. Planning the next day's steps, researching unknowns, etc., etc.

But, no, they will not keep me up at night -- ever. Unless I'm excited about getting back to finishing their project.

Only other time a job kept me up at night is if I thought I did something wrong and I need to correct it.
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I can't relax until I have at least tomorrow planned out. Then it's all good.

However, if it's blowing rain and I have even the tiniest shred of doubt about how well the tarps were rigged, it's a very long night. Sometimes I can't stand it and go look.
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is it just me or do you guys ever get jobs that keep you up at night?ive not had any dissatisfied customers yet but i cant help but keep my cell by the pillow when ive got an open roof and its calling for rain.maybe its just low self esteem or the fact that my dad was a pesimist.am i normal?
This is what separates a business owner and an employee.

For an employee the job ends at 5:00pm and starts again in the morning or on Monday. For an owner it never stops, it's a 24 hour job.

Remind the next employee who makes a remark about how you are getting rich off them about that.
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Old 02-14-2010, 05:20 PM   #11
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This is what separates a business owner and an employee.
Usually, anyway. I used to work for a GC who turned off his phone promptly at the end of the day, and all weekend long. Drove the guys nuts--so we would make sure that the HO had at least a couple of OUR numbers.

He's out of business now...
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is it just me or do you guys ever get jobs that keep you up at night?ive not had any dissatisfied customers yet but i cant help but keep my cell by the pillow when ive got an open roof and its calling for rain.maybe its just low self esteem or the fact that my dad was a pesimist.am i normal?
Owning a company sometimes fries your mind. Your never really off the clock, the marketing, schedules, timelines, other trades & their schedules, HO's, not to mention bids you have to complete for work beyond the current project. Its hard to turn off your brain at night. Pop an Ambien!
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There are many different aspects to owning your business. I like to leave problems at work. However, if I have a good day, I bring that home. If I meet interesting and/or fun people, I bring that home. Yes I will have paperwork or a phone call or two that I'll do at home.

However, if I have a crappy day, by bringing it home with me, now I've dragged my family into it.
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Usually, anyway. I used to work for a GC who turned off his phone promptly at the end of the day, and all weekend long. Drove the guys nuts--so we would make sure that the HO had at least a couple of OUR numbers.
Dream employees! Guy didn't know what he had.
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All jobs I get -- I think about during off hours at home. Planning the next day's steps, researching unknowns, etc., etc.

But, no, they will not keep me up at night -- ever. Unless I'm excited about getting back to finishing their project.

Only other time a job kept me up at night is if I thought I did something wrong and I need to correct it.
"Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and find the answer I was looking for all day."

Even on good days, I try to think of ways to improve.

You're normal.
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This is what separates a business owner and an employee.

For an employee the job ends at 5:00pm and starts again in the morning or on Monday. For an owner it never stops, it's a 24 hour job.

Remind the next employee who makes a remark about how you are getting rich off them about that.
Not exactly true. I was the same way as an employee. Even in the service.
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Angus, I suspect you're well on the way to learning something many of us will never understand.
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Not exactly true. I was the same way as an employee. Even in the service.
And that is why your now the boss....
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Not exactly true. I was the same way as an employee. Even in the service.
No, you're right, they are out there. I have one guy who is like that too. He will come in on Monday at the job site and tell me he was thinking about something specfic to the job over the week end and tell me what he was thinking we should do. Those are Kodak moments.
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If I meet interesting and/or fun people, I bring them home.
You know, I tried that but, they old lady was never down for another player in the bed.

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