Join Date: Apr 2013
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Can this industry be changed?
I'm sure that all of us that are on this site and in this business as contractors have always heard that working hard is one of the keys to success and financial independence.
There was a time in this industry that you could support yourself, your family and others with what you made solely in this business. I personally never did I always had a diversified business so that if one area suffered another could still keep a cash flow going.
I also used to love this business it was actually at one time kind of fun as well as one of the most interesting and humbling business's you could be in. Humbling by teaching you to be thankful for what you had as you were first hand seeing the ravages of greed and deceit in the mortgage industry as well as the not so smart moves of some homeowners.
There was a time when your knowledge and first hand views of properties and what was there to be removed and what had to be done to make it conveyable was actually trusted and not questioned. Sure we all know that it was a lot of unscrupulous contractors that preempted some of the changes and caused nationals to question even the most seasoned and trusted contractors.
There is only one way to change this industry but unfortunately only some of us (the diversified) can afford to do it.
Refuse work orders we are all contractors that are not bound to do anything a national or regional wants to shove down your throat. Correct me if I am wrong but these contracts only state what you are to do when you accept a work order there is nothing that says you have to take it (hence a contractor we can refuse or complete any job we want) let them force those that know no better. We all know they have more than one contractor in our areas and we all have run into the other guys work. Need I say more, let him go bankrupt trying to work for the ludicrous amounts they want to pay now.
2014 is the year I get out of this "Business" that is no more, I'm done dealing with clueless cube jockeys, greedy nationals, 60 day no pays, "we need more pictures" "please return to property", 40 picture lawn cuts, more requirements for less money.
God bless you guys that can continue to deal with the idiocy and can keep your sanity and your blood pressure down, you truly are the professionals in this industry as was I but no more.
In my little corner of the world I will try to change the industry by refusing work orders as part of my exit strategy hopefully one of you professionals will be asked to do what I refuse but we know that won't happen. Some hapless wannabe will do it screw it up, get back-charged and move on to the next order thinking they will see the light at the end of the tunnel only to realize when it is too late that the tunnel is endless.
I truly believe the only way to change this is to refuse the work. Go on strike the cream will eventually rise back to the top and the cream is all the pros not the wannabes.
Happy New Year to all of you!