Originally Posted by Craigslist Hack
Thanks for the kind words. I enjoy the field work but HATE the office work. I haven't really been out in the field much for a few months now. That does give me more time for my kids and other activities I enjoy. That is the thing that is probably waking me up to all the things I miss. We used to do roofs as our main source of income. We had very little paperwork and far less BS with 1/2 down on every order and the rest the day the job completed. Much bigger tickets. I can remember when I refused gutter or soffit and fascia orders because I didn't like to mess with anything under $3500.00
I am sick phone calls for a missing toilet bowl pic on a grass cut. Then I go through the pics find it and send it to them. They say ok thanks. I just lost an hour of my day and all I get in return is an order taken off of hold and a thanks. If we are there to cut grass what in the heck are we doing taking pics of the toilet bowl? Why aren't we being compensated for it? EGS orders really get my blood boiling. We don't trim bushes for the ridiculous pay that the nationals "ALLOW". So I can't do a BATF because we get screwed. They won't let me bid it so I end up fighting with someone. It's exhausting.
I bucked being put in the office for almost a year before i settled in to the fact i had no choice. I was always making money doing the work myself to support the office staff, but i grew to fast and volume exploded. The reason was because i was doing such good work with a quick turn around time, so more work was push on me.
Ive settled with the fact that the industry is what is and it not going to change anytime soon, and i done foresee it getting any better. I do believe Ive made my market niche and im sticking with it.
Ive said this many times here before, "pick an area and dominate it" Ive saved and cut corners so if things go south, i can comfortably move over in to what i want. Jack of all trades but master of none gives many options.
There will be no changing the way thing are done in this industry, by nationals or contractors. The only thing that will force any change is the whats left of the free market itself. The personal interaction from the office is where i get the work i want, The office gives me the choice of picking jobs i want to do in order to support and complete office staff.
You have to make the choice on your on own no one can make it for you, Ive completely giving up complaining altogether and just do it.
I can say this about you after talking to you, your on the right path at the right time. And you growing and maturing into a boss instead of an employee will always the hardest change of all.
I know for sure the money is their, its just a matter of how you approach the problem, and how well you handle the stress of making it.
The industry didn't change until i change the way i dealt with the industry.