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Old 12-05-2014, 02:37 PM   #1
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Holiday Slow Down?


First holiday season in business and it seems things have come to a grinding halt. Am I the only one experiencing this or is this the Norm? Been cold calling and bidding work, just seems everyone is relax mode.

Sure the interior trades are probably still going strong or maybe not?
Looking for some input on those that have been in this business for awhile
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:58 PM   #2
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I didn't read what section this was in,

As for remodeling we are slammed

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We hit a wall this week...Have some new construction installs set aside for next few weeks which is a huge bonus this year for us but homeowner market has gotten reals slow like it does every year around this time. I could possibly break even this winter
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we slow between thanksgiving and February every year fro the last 42 years.

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Old 12-05-2014, 05:37 PM   #5
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We have been steady all year. Definitely no slow down this winter.

Last year we kept busy but it was slow. Before that, always a ton of down time in December and January.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:26 PM   #6
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A bit slow here, I have a contract that is waiting on permit, he hopes to have it in the next week or so, but wants to wait until after Jan. 1 to start the work. I'd just as soon start asap.

2 others are also in for permit, I expect as usual they all will want to start the same week.

I don't mind a break now and then. I rebuilt a cylinder on a loader today. Probably do an oil change or 2 tomorrow. Take care of some other maintenance issues in the coming weeks.

It is, what it is.....
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I start getting deposits and contract commitments in early November so when holiday time comes around, my projects are in full swing.
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Between Christmas and Feb. is usually really slow. This year I actually have a subdivision road to work on over winter depending on weather. I'd be just as happy to let it sit until Feb. to start but the developer doesn't want to.
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I'm usually slow Jan and Feb

We usually stay real busy up till Christmas trying to get caught up from always getting behind in the fall.

Then start getting spring projects going March and April
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Not scheduling or doing any work from Thanksgiving until March, unless something already in Progress.

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We just started 6 days a week, this past week. (we will get a Christmas Vacation time) After the New year, will be 6/10 hrs., possible 7 days till March. Pends on the trade, and the weather for us! My boss does try to limit to 65-70 per week in the crunch season, as he calls it.
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Late start this year do due winter. Looks like jamming 11months of production in 7. Short handed. Booked up till April - may as of now. T thank god I landed a few very nice interior jobs so winter can kiss my ass if we decides to come knocking. 70% of these interior jobs are subd so if the winter cooperates we'll just keep banging them out. Greg I like pull back till March. Nice. Btw I was going to Princeton to cut xmas tree but rained out.
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All summer I reminded my guys to save some money for the slow winter months. We are still working over 50hrs a week, and I am having to turn down jobs that I bid, and won.

I guess I need to raise my rates.....
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First holiday season in business and it seems things have come to a grinding halt. Am I the only one experiencing this or is this the Norm? Been cold calling and bidding work, just seems everyone is relax mode.

Sure the interior trades are probably still going strong or maybe not?
Looking for some input on those that have been in this business for awhile
what's your location?
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Between Christmas and Feb. is usually really slow. This year I actually have a subdivision road to work on over winter depending on weather. I'd be just as happy to let it sit until Feb. to start but the developer doesn't want to.
This is about the same as our business. We've got work on the books but it would be nice to let it set until we can actually make money on it. Sometimes you've got to try to push if the customers want it done, but working in the winter can be a pita.

Op, not sure where you are located but if you go through freeze/thaw cycles in winter it can get very hard to get anything done. Tgeb said it's a good time to work/maintain equipment and we spend a good bit of time and $ doing that in the winter. Get everything in good shape so when it's time to go straight out you aren't wasting time on down equipment.

You really need to try to keep some of the profit you hopefully made through the year to get through the winter, it's usually pretty lean unless you are in an area not affected to much by weather. Employees? Might need to lay some off if no work, partner did 5 yesterday. Start to pound the pavement for work, we do a decent amount of small t&m work in the winter. If we can just break even over the winter it is a huge deal and I would take it every time.

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