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Old 03-13-2019, 08:49 AM   #1
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When business is good, you donít want to think about times when it might not be as good. First of all, youíre too busy to think about such things. Youíre juggling deadlines, construction teams and trying to keep the day-to-day operations afloat. Who has time to worry about when business gets slow? When to Start Planning for the Bad Times
How do you usually handle things when work gets slow?
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:38 AM   #2
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When work is slow, I run a protection racket for Architects and Designers in the local area.

I.E. "It sure would be a shame for something to happen to that mouse youz is workin' wit. Mayhaps youz need some protection from such eventualities".

And such as that.


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Get all of your equipment and tools in good shape, cleaned up and organized.
Make sales calls or spend time with good clients.
Work on your estimating, accounting or proposal systems.
Get some training or educate yourself on something.
Take some much needed time off and relax.
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Fishindude said it best.

I also beat the hell out of the bushes and shake something loose

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Look for opportunities and catch up on all the other stuff I'm behind on.
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It depends....

When we just get a little slow, I try to keep it a secret so that all the little odds and ends jobs that have been chasing me don't find out.

When we get like recession slow, I do like everybody else here. Call up all of the salesmen I deal with, check in with contractors that I haven't worked with in a while, etc.
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Work on finishing off my basement. It only gets worked on when there is absolutely nothing else to do.
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What works for us, doesn't work for larger companies trying to hustle up enough work to keep employees from going elsewhere.


That said, our whole business plan is modeled for slow times. The amount of money we finance is geared towards our leanest times, not our boom times. During boom times, we pay off debt so we can survive lean times.



In the last 18 months, we've been upgrading our shop tools. I'm proud to say, that every machine in our shop & all of our lumber inventory is 100% paid for.



That said, we've been begging for a slow down all winter, but that wish keeps getting rejected & we now find ourselves heading into spring & the phones blowing up, so I guess the slow down we want, isn't on the horizon. So I guess we'll keep focusing on paying down debt & continuing to upgrade our shop tools.




That said, Darcy, I told the ole lady this afternoon that a big planer was the next big shop tool purchase, so it's time to start looking.

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In the last 18 months, we've been upgrading our shop tools. continuing to upgrade our shop tools.


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Damn, you're Johnny on the spot. Kinda like a crack dealer knowing his customer just got paid & is jonesing.

Jenny said I can't buy a new planer till after the new building is up, so don't come pimpin one next week.
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Damn, you're Johnny on the spot. Kinda like a crack dealer knowing his customer just got paid & is jonesing.



Jenny said I can't buy a new planer till after the new building is up, so don't come pimpin one next week.
You have made some really smart upgrades, saving time is the best way to make money.

We just wont tell her about it. Lol.

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You have made some really smart upgrades, saving time is the best way to make money.

We just wont tell her about it. Lol.

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We ran several thousand feet of white oak moulding last week. All the raw materials came into the shop as rough sawn. We skip planed everything before running it through the straight line saw. That project, made me realize just how undersized that 20" grizzly is for production work. I was catching coming out of the planer & was bored to death. The client was catching coming out of the straight line saw, he was flat hustling trying to keep up. 20fpm compared to 63 fpm. Once, just for pure oneryness, I turned the saw up on high. He was me.
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Slow? When does that happen?

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We ran several thousand feet of white oak moulding last week. All the raw materials came into the shop as rough sawn. We skip planed everything before running it through the straight line saw. That project, made me realize just how undersized that 20" grizzly is for production work. I was catching coming out of the planer & was bored to death. The client was catching coming out of the straight line saw, he was flat hustling trying to keep up. 20fpm compared to 63 fpm. Once, just for pure oneryness, I turned the saw up on high. He was me.
185 fpm will piss any tail boy off. Lol.

I usually run around the 90fpm mark.

Yeah, that planer is now a bottleneck.

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I always keep in mind slow times, and how fast you need to be to make a change...but that said, I have been fortunate with our mix of commercial and residential...we have not had a single morning that we can get up with no where to go that is not income producing.

You have to be flexible...and you have to accept that sometimes you will not make as much as you have in the past, or demand when times are good, but survival and seeing an advantage is where it is some days.

Many years ago, right after my son joined up with me in the company, we actually hit a spot where he was finishing up a metal building, and we only had a few small jobs on the books...and I had no home starts either.....and I had a call....a guy says I have a steel building, I need it put up, I already have a guy lined up to pour concrete, what will you erect the building for?

My standard price at that time was $4 a sq/ft (building he was calling on was 60 x 80 x 16, with a few windows)....and that is what I told him. He immediately said he had a bid from another guy for $2 but heard good things about us, and wanted to try us on price....but he couldn't go more then what he already had, I would understand.....sure. I just about told him to go with the cheap price and hang up, but I thought about it for a few seconds.....highway location, meaning high visibility....easy building size, 3 guys to erect it, not a full crew, and fast payday. No profit, but pay the bills. And, most importantly.....stay at home and watch TV, or work?

I said sure....we have a gap in our schedule, and if you can get concrete down, and it fits, we will get it done.

Half price....half of my normal price for a building, but we did it in a week, $9,600, no issues, and when you consider that I paid only 3 people, me included, I did make money......but what I really got was a sign on a busy highway, and sold 4 more jobs from that one job being seen....guys said you really got that building done in a hurry, I like that!

So......that is one time I indeed agreed to a cut rate to keep the schedule moving.

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