I'm personally not motivated to stay in it.
Why I do it is to teach my son and his highschool buddies how do things on a house where a home owner isn't standing over their shoulder questioning everything they do.
Prior to this summer, my kid could tear off a roof and that was about it. He now felts, shingles, runs step flashings, valleys and caps. His "education" was completed on vacant homes. I have no problem putting him on customers job.
Casey, one of his buddies and an employee of mine called me this summer while working on mission trip house rehab. He couldn't remember what to do with 3 tab shingles. I took him on a trip down memory lane. When he got back, he said all the adults were impressed and took work direction from him cause they didn't have a clue what to do.
Dryloking is another thing they learned. The first basement they did, they had more on themselves than the wall. Now, I would put them up against any professional painter as they now don't need tarps, don't get it on themselves and their jobs look awesome.
Not to mention, these kids are learning great life skills, like how to run a business and make money. Matter of fact, my son now has input into job quoting, measuring, marketing, web development, etc. The last roof of the season I did, he yelled at me for
ing up the bid. Told me that if I can't figure out how to bid them correctly, he'll do it himself. I may have created a problem.......