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Old 12-03-2016, 09:28 PM   #101
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I don't have a whole lot skin in the 2016 goals game as I've only been at it for ~6 months as a business owner.

I am currently putting together my goals list for 2017, so whenever that thread starts up, I'll be sharing.
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Old 12-03-2016, 09:28 PM   #102
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Very true. Paper boys shouldn't remodel. I have a paper boy I trim for that does some remodels. Every time I walk into one to trim it I shake my head.
Yep. You can hide behind your subs on NC, but not on a major remodel with structural changes, gutted to the studs, new MEPS, spray foam ect.... Better know how it's done before you gut that bitch or you'll be in a world of hurt. Here about it from subs all the time. They never know what to anticipate is going to be a problem.
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Very true. Paper boys shouldn't remodel. I have a paper boy I trim for that does some remodels. Every time I walk into one to trim it I shake my head.
I disagree, somewhat.

The remodels that I speak of are performed by paper boys who previously were builders. They still build new occasionally, but have expanded into this realm when things got rough 7 or 8 years ago. The big thing is that you need to employ an expert crew of subs who work well together, and can make the GC look good. Some of the subs we work with have been working together 20 years or more. I will often just call another sub directly if I have a question or need them to come out. Giving your subs this kind of latitude requires a lot of trust, but really works well and helps the job move very smoothly.
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I disagree, somewhat.

The remodels that I speak of are performed by paper boys who previously were builders. They still build new occasionally, but have expanded into this realm when things got rough 7 or 8 years ago. The big thing is that you need to employ an expert crew of subs who work well together, and can make the GC look good. Some of the subs we work with have been working together 20 years or more. I will often just call another sub directly if I have a question or need them to come out. Giving your subs this kind of latitude requires a lot of trust, but really works well and helps the job move very smoothly.
No trades experience?
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I disagree, somewhat.

The remodels that I speak of are performed by paper boys who previously were builders. They still build new occasionally, but have expanded into this realm when things got rough 7 or 8 years ago. The big thing is that you need to employ an expert crew of subs who work well together, and can make the GC look good. Some of the subs we work with have been working together 20 years or more. I will often just call another sub directly if I have a question or need them to come out. Giving your subs this kind of latitude requires a lot of trust, but really works well and helps the job move very smoothly.

I started to type out an experience I had on a paper boy remodel on Friday but it wasn't worth it. To keep it brief...it sucked....bad....real bad.
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No trades experience?
None.

Both of their fathers were also paper contractors, so they have been around it for a long time. Knowing all of the right people to call has tremendous value.


I don't want to derail this thread, just wanted to say that being a great GC does not have to mean that you ever wore bags. It certainly helps, but if you surround yourself with knowledgeable trades people, eventually that is gonna wear off on you.
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None.

Both of their fathers were also paper contractors, so they have been around it for a long time. Knowing all of the right people to call has tremendous value.


I don't want to derail this thread, just wanted to say that being a great GC does not have to mean that you ever wore bags. It certainly helps, but if you surround yourself with knowledgeable trades people, eventually that is gonna wear off on you.
Contacts are very valuable.

I will definitely take your word for it knowing you. Rare here anyway.
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1-Increase the number of windows installed 25%

2-Eat or drink food other than what is packed in lunch no more than 5 times in 2016 (supports the goal of loosing 35 pounds as well as saves gas and increases time on job sight)

3-Purchase one rental property

4-Build small addition on shop to store ladders and planks and free up floor space.

Increase the number of windows installed 25%

Haven't done the count but a definite increase

Eat or drink food other than what is packed in lunch no more than 5 times in 2016 (supports the goal of loosing 35 pounds as well as saves gas and increases time on job sight)

Another increase

3-Purchase one rental property

One purchased but still in the process of being fixed up. Wont be rented until spring

Build small addition on shop to store ladders and planks and free up floor space.

Massive failure. No addition build or even started or planned. Instead bought two more ladders for the pile and a skid loader to really clog things up. The only good news is things have found their place a bit and are the set up is functioning fairly well. I am actually glad I did not build this right away after getting the shop. Using it for the past year and a half has allowed me to really understand what I need the added space to do. It will function much better then if I had built what I thought I needed right away.
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Mine was "get into school so I can get out of this business." Well, now that 2016 is almost over I'm on the verge of a divorce and moving back to Seattle to start over. So basically, 2016 can suck it.

Sorry, I'm working on beer #4 and, well, beer #5 is calling my name.
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Everything.
It's a work in progress. Learning and adjusting every day. I'm going to start putting together my end of year short term goals and 5 year plan so I have a clear strategic vision for the future.

A big thing for me is to stop dwelling on things that happened in the past as they suck too much energy out of me and they can't be changed. It's wasted effort looking back and pondering what ifs of certain decision points.
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Here is what I wrote last December:

The sub I have been using really no longer qualifies as a sub under new BWC guidelines. So he is going to come on full time for me. That will give me two full time guys and a PT guy.
The sub I was always using came on as a full time employee.

Advertising - I want to focus into a particular area and see how that goes.
Did not happen. But i have been paying attention to what may be the best approach to the market I want

Website - get one up and running.
Did not happen, still giving this alot of thought and still undecided.

Quit taking on jobs that are not profitable and just taking on anything and everything. Continue to get focused on the type of work I want to do and say no to what I dont want to do, I am getting better.
This I have improved on, i have learned to simply say no thank you.
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Iím hoping Jaws/Spencer are wrong and Warren is right. While I donít expect it to happen (completely) in 2017, Iíll be moving to a design and paper contractor model. Iíll be 60 in í17 and Iíve got to start planning on getting out of the physical grind.

BTW, Iím no ďboyĒ!
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Iím hoping Jaws/Spencer are wrong and Warren is right. While I donít expect it to happen (completely) in 2017, Iíll be moving to a design and paper contractor model. Iíll be 60 in í17 and Iíve got to start planning on getting out of the physical grind.

BTW, Iím no ďboyĒ!
It really depends on the individual. Knowing you and your work, I don't think you will have a problem making the transition. I am about 10 years behind you, but will likely have to slowly move in that direction as well. My biggest issue will be establishing a new client base, because most of my current work is through other GC's.
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DaVinci, you aren't what I mean as a "paper boy", you did your time and know how to build. I'm 33 and I haven't done any paying work with tools primarily all year, too busy. I use subs and employees, but I know how to build. Nothing wrong with being hands off, but a lot wrong with taking people's money and messing with subs lively hood because you don't know what you are doing. That aint you.

Guys like Warren is talking about are rare imo, I have met exactly one in my short career. He had bad ass superintendents though.

You need to schedule time for your naps and bring your binky though
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DaVinci, you aren't what I mean as a "paper boy", you did your time and know how to build. I'm 33 and I haven't done any paying work with tools primarily all year, too busy. I use subs and employees, but I know how to build. Nothing wrong with being hands off, but a lot wrong with taking people's money and messing with subs lively hood because you don't know what you are doing. That aint you.

Guys like Warren is talking about are rare imo, I have met exactly one in my short career. He had bad ass superintendents though.

You need to schedule time for your naps and bring your binky though
You better lay off the jokes about my binky!

Two weeks from todayÖ Whatís your travel plans? PM me so we can at least have a beer (Coors) and put a face to our friendship.
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You better lay off the jokes about my binky!

Two weeks from todayÖ Whatís your travel plans? PM me so we can at least have a beer (Coors) and put a face to our friendship.
Don't know what the plan is yet, be up there for sure though. I'll "holler" that week and remind you turn on the heat up there. I might have to buy a binky
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Should be a good game anyway. Can't believe you Yankees didn't put a roof on your stadium.
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Don't know what the plan is yet, be up there for sure though. I'll "holler" that week and remind you turn on the heat up there. I might have to buy a binky
I told you - don't holler - it's a big city and you don't know who will answer

I'll loan you my binky. But I want it back before you leave.

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Should be a good game anyway. Can't believe you Yankees didn't put a roof on your stadium.
It's freaking football. It's supposed to be played in the cold. If the game was in Texas, you'd need a roof... and a snow generator!
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I told you - don't holler - it's a big city and you don't know who will answer

I'll loan you my binky. But I want it back before you leave.



It's freaking football. It's supposed to be played in the cold. If the game was in Texas, you'd need a roof... and a snow generator!
LOAN HIM YOUR BINKY?...

You mean you actually want it back?...
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LOAN HIM YOUR BINKY?...

You mean you actually want it back?...
I know Ö I know, I shouldnít, but it is Jaws. Do you think he has cooties?

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