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Old 07-14-2019, 04:58 PM   #1
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After about 32,000 hours put into this career since 2007, I finally managed what I promised myself: Busy all year, with the ability to take off some time in the summer. Totally counter to the natural flow of construction, but was always the dream.

Despite having 5-8 active projects totaling 7 figures, the next 5 weeks will be a light load as they are all in sub-phases and require little project management that my lead can't handle.

Now what the hell should I do? I'm thinking some road trips. A lot to see in Oregon, and I've hardly explored since moving here 5 years ago.
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Old 07-14-2019, 05:03 PM   #2
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Next move.... get more work!!!!!!!

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Where I am, 3-5 day trips to Ontario were common for us. This bool sh!t of all work no play - if you ain't got the biz dialed in by 5 years, and the economy ain't in the sh!tter, then get a day job and salvage what is left of your life if you cannot make time for play.
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Where I am, 3-5 day trips to Ontario were common for us. This bool sh!t of all work no play - if you ain't got the biz dialed in by 5 years, and the economy ain't in the sh!tter, then get a day job and salvage what is left of your life if you cannot make time for play.
Took me 8, but I was either doubling or going up by 50% basically every year. Tough to get dialed in when you are constantly expanding, but, in hind sight I should of hired more managerial help sooner.

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After about 32,000 hours put into this career since 2007, I finally managed what I promised myself: Busy all year, with the ability to take off some time in the summer. Totally counter to the natural flow of construction, but was always the dream.



Despite having 5-8 active projects totaling 7 figures, the next 5 weeks will be a light load as they are all in sub-phases and require little project management that my lead can't handle.



Now what the hell should I do? I'm thinking some road trips. A lot to see in Oregon, and I've hardly explored since moving here 5 years ago.
Somewhere with mountains.

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All kinds of great options here.

- rent a vacation house by the beach. Anywhere from Seaside to gold beach, itís all pretty.

- Camp anywhere By a lake. Willamette Valley. Or cascades.


- Bed-and-breakfast in wine country.

- Hot air balloon ride in Newberg.

- Zip lines at treesort in Southern Oregon.

- Hells gate jetboat river tour in grants Pass.

- Brownsville country music festival.

- Dirt track car races in Lebanon or cottage Grove.

-Guided fishing trips on rivers or in the ocean

- Mount Hood has a fun park for the summer

- County fairs and state fair


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Congrats...

Now the challenge is relearning how to actually mentally BE on vacation whatever you do...
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Congrats...



Now the challenge is relearning how to actually mentally BE on vacation whatever you do...


Thatíll take another couple years.

Just got there after 20+ years of grinding.

In the beginning you take em...but not really.
Now....I donít care if the whole place burns down.
Iím enjoying my family.
(Cuz I know if it burns down...I have the resources to rebuild it.
Took a long time to get here....but it was worth it. )


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Good for you, man.... You've earned it

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Good deal !
What's the point of working so hard if you are not ever going to take some time for yourself to enjoy life?
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Congrats man!

It's my goal as well. This year we have taken on more work then ever and I am less needed in the field than ever. Since switching to a sub heavy model I have been less stressed and have had more time for other things. I am still putting in 70 hours a week, but it's a lot less field work and a lot more management.
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Congrats man!

It's my goal as well. This year we have taken on more work then ever and I am less needed in the field than ever. Since switching to a sub heavy model I have been less stressed and have had more time for other things. I am still putting in 70 hours a week, but it's a lot less field work and a lot more management.
Scaling brother. Higher in advance of need. I bet if you're working 70 hours a week you could probably afford to hire a supervisor to train whether you think so or not. I fought it for a long time but I have yet to make less money because I hired another manager, except for the training period. As long as I had to work low to back it up.

Hire in advance of need. The first year I don't make money off of them and you'll spend more time training and teaching systems and where stuff is ect...

But then you have trusted eyes and ears and can go on vacation, play golf/hookie on a weekday etc... and not worry about the wheels coming off

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After about 32,000 hours put into this career since 2007, I finally managed what I promised myself: Busy all year, with the ability to take off some time in the summer. Totally counter to the natural flow of construction, but was always the dream.

Despite having 5-8 active projects totaling 7 figures, the next 5 weeks will be a light load as they are all in sub-phases and require little project management that my lead can't handle.

Now what the hell should I do? I'm thinking some road trips. A lot to see in Oregon, and I've hardly explored since moving here 5 years ago.
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Scaling brother. Higher in advance of need. I bet if you're working 70 hours a week you could probably afford to hire a supervisor to train whether you think so or not. I fought it for a long time but I have yet to make less money because I hired another manager, except for the training period. As long as I had to work low to back it up.

Hire in advance of need. The first year I don't make money off of them and you'll spend more time training and teaching systems and where stuff is ect...

But then you have trusted eyes and ears and can go on vacation, play golf/hookie on a weekday etc... and not worry about the wheels coming off

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This year I am getting my systems in place. I think it would be a mistake to take on someone without those in place. Prior to this year it was heavily on us to do most everything. We are also running bigger jobs. Currently I have 2 whole houses going (one complete gut and another is a rental rehab), 1 master bathroom, 1 Kitchen/Family Room, A Mud Room floor and cabinets as well as a half dozen or so smaller project to fit in when my guys aren't needed on the bigger jobs.

We are also going to buy a home or two in the next year. I have two investors.

Dollars are flying everywhere and I need to have a sense that my processes will help that transition. I think when I start looking that the investment properties I will hire, or more likely promote, someone to run the remodeling end.
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Just enjoy.

After this many years, all I can think about is work.
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After about 32,000 hours put into this career since 2007, I finally managed what I promised myself: Busy all year, with the ability to take off some time in the summer. Totally counter to the natural flow of construction, but was always the dream.

Despite having 5-8 active projects totaling 7 figures, the next 5 weeks will be a light load as they are all in sub-phases and require little project management that my lead can't handle.

Now what the hell should I do? I'm thinking some road trips. A lot to see in Oregon, and I've hardly explored since moving here 5 years ago.
If you wander down to Grants Pass let me know.

Maybe lunch or a beer...or both
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Great job getting into this position. Enjoy your time off.
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Going to need an update.


Just because youíre on vacation doesnít give you the right to neglect CT.


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I'm still working a decent amount. But Wed-Thur took a quick trip to Bend and only did the rounds to subs this morning, home by noon. Was the other half's birthday, so I gave her the option to drive there in a nice car of her choice (rented from Turo.com).

I was voting for the Porche Boxter 6-speed but she opted for a Tesla P100D. It was an experience. That thing absolutely hauls, with no noise, no hesitation for turbo spool or downshift. Freaking sci-fi too. Has radar and shows you all the cars around you. Auto-pilot works but is unnerving. Interesting to see how much energy is created by mildly breaking. 50KW easy. Think about that. How big is a 50KW genset? In a gas car, that just goes away as heat and then you burn more gas to accelerate again.

In Bend we had cocktails and sushi, and then hit about 5 breweries, walking almost 10 miles. Then on the way back home Thursday, mildly hungover, hiked up Black Butte, and ran back down. My legs were rubber Friday.

It's a start!
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Good so far.


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