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Forum: Business 02-27-2016, 05:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,691
Posted By Stephen H
definitely high potential for conflict. If...

definitely high potential for conflict.

If you are doing new construction work---- probably not as much.

but here--- in an occupied residential market--- definitely going to be conflict.

...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 02-25-2016, 05:55 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,441
Posted By Stephen H
this is basically what I do. If your time is...

this is basically what I do. If your time is worth anything--- this is also probably your cheapest route.
I know my time is more profitably spent--- doing what I do--- rather than talking to car...
Forum: Business 02-25-2016, 05:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,829
Posted By Stephen H
See if you can qualify for a policy as part of a...

See if you can qualify for a policy as part of a group.

when I signed up with our payroll company--- the first thing the gal said was " your WC rates are insane--- we gotta get you into a group"
...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2016, 05:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,715
Posted By Stephen H
matt--- I actually bought several of those hitch...

matt--- I actually bought several of those hitch clips a few years ago.
we ended up using them ONCE.--- the hole is too close to the deck and it was a real pain to get our carabiners etc. in there....
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 02-24-2016, 09:37 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 9,372
Posted By Stephen H
the way I grew up it was mac & cheese one...

the way I grew up it was
mac & cheese one friday--- fish sticks the next, followed by mac & cheese the next friday---and fish sticks the week after. 52 weeks a year.

probably 12 years old...
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,681
Posted By Stephen H
Basically take every weekend off. I do...

Basically take every weekend off.

I do typically spend about 1 hour /weekend doing desk work/bill paying--- but that is a mix of household bills and business stuff.

during the busiest part...
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2016, 05:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,657
Posted By Stephen H
Bam--- that's a good point when we bought the...

Bam--- that's a good point
when we bought the 2012--- I called the insurance agent to arrange insurance on it----and let them know where the 2008 would then be parked at night.

when we bought...
Forum: Business 02-21-2016, 06:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,705
Posted By Stephen H
D , speaking for myself---- our business...

D ,
speaking for myself---- our business really started growing phenomenally , once i put the tools down. It had been growing steadily year after year---- but once I put the tools down ??? KABOOM...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2016, 05:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,657
Posted By Stephen H
Matt, I don't mind that observation at all---...

Matt,
I don't mind that observation at all--- it's perfectly fair.

In the long run, however--- I don't think it's relevant.
Case in point.

A couple blocks away from me lives a guy who is...
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2016, 09:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,657
Posted By Stephen H
At this point in time we have 3 company trucks...

At this point in time we have 3 company trucks and they all go home at night.
one with me---and the other 2 with lead employees

we operate on a system where we try to field 2 man crews working...
Forum: Business 02-20-2016, 09:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,705
Posted By Stephen H
that is correct. that's why I wrote and...

that is correct.
that's why I wrote and phrased things exactly the way i did.........

interestingly---- there are a number of posters withing this thread----who don't occupy such a niche----...
Forum: Business 02-19-2016, 06:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,545
Posted By Stephen H
Dave, currently I have 3 employees and we are...

Dave,
currently I have 3 employees and we are adding a 4th one in late March
2 of them are family, the 3rd one is not related but is much like family( I have known his family for about 15...
Forum: Business 02-19-2016, 05:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,705
Posted By Stephen H
basically, I don't use any subs ...

basically, I don't use any subs

so----99.999999% of our projects I give an absolute firm quote on the initial visit.

Fairly often there will be a pretty hard to source, obscure ceramic roof...
Forum: Business 02-19-2016, 05:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,763
Posted By Stephen H
speaking for myself--- i have always used my...

speaking for myself--- i have always used my personal address--- for about 30 years now.

I have had shop space away from home for about 10 of those 30 years--- but still always used my personal...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 02-18-2016, 05:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,120
Posted By Stephen H
If I wanted to argue---- I would argue that...

If I wanted to argue----
I would argue that the actress gets paid that much--- because she is worth it---she puts butts in the seats

I would also argue---- that the CEO is NOT worth it

in...
Forum: Business 02-18-2016, 05:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,545
Posted By Stephen H
so--- he pays his employees OFF the books----and...

so--- he pays his employees OFF the books----and around the holidays he throws them a weeks extra pay---and you think that's a nice gesture???????
in reality- he has been dodging 30-40% a WEEK on...
Forum: Business 02-18-2016, 05:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,545
Posted By Stephen H
Ditto

Ditto
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 02-16-2016, 06:20 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,393
Posted By Stephen H
Kap, one mans "principles and ethics"---can...

Kap,
one mans "principles and ethics"---can look an awful lot like " racism and Bigotry" when viewed from a different vantage point.
I would say--- not much is set in stone---- things evolve and...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2016, 05:39 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,034
Posted By Stephen H
rob, we moved into a similar sized shop space...

rob,
we moved into a similar sized shop space about 6 weeks ago.
we were in a smaller unit in the same complex for a year prior to that.

upon moving into the smaller unit a year ago I...
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2016, 06:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,535
Posted By Stephen H
lets back up a minute Jethro..... you can talk...

lets back up a minute Jethro.....
you can talk about insurance,BBB and contract comparison with a prospect if you want to-------
but it's definitely NOT going to level the playing field.

I...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2016, 06:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,535
Posted By Stephen H
Jethroe, take your problem and ,mentally,...

Jethroe,
take your problem and ,mentally, place it on a table.---walk around it and look at it from many different angles........

the reality is--- there is NEVER, EVER going to be a level...
Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2016, 06:15 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,878
Posted By Stephen H
It's a good life---- but it took me a long while...

It's a good life---- but it took me a long while to get to this point.

We basically shut down production( with rare exceptions) from around Thanksgiving until mid/late March
At this time of...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-07-2016, 05:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,739
Posted By Stephen H
spanish street names--- that's funny---and all...

spanish street names--- that's funny---and all but un-heard of here.

our customer base is predominately in brick and stone tudors---and all the street names are "Kensington" or "Northumberland"...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-07-2016, 05:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,739
Posted By Stephen H
that's an excellent point--- however--- "the...

that's an excellent point--- however--- "the millennials" aren't MY customer base. Our customer base skews much older----- 45 to 75 and they have been in their current home 15-40 years.

this...
Forum: Marketing & Sales 02-07-2016, 05:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,739
Posted By Stephen H
I would say in that scenario you are definitely...

I would say in that scenario you are definitely not ready to do business
Basically you are ---answering the phone and then-- in effect--saying " hey--- I am to busy to talk to you---call me back...
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