If your company lives or dies each day by your presence, then you are not ready to expand the way you described. Can you be in bed sick today? Can you take a week and disappear on a fishing trip? Strong, solid companies expand and maintain it by surrounding the boss with good support staff. A righthand man/foreman who is like minded and trust worthy; someone in the office who knows how to follow your lead. That is a great portion of the foundation needed.
THAT, is the best advice I have ever read on this website. I have been coming here for a couple years now, and I have read some great posts, and learned a lot from the people that frequent this site. But, that statement GTX takes the cake. Kudos.
That ought to be required reading for newbies to the site.
I have resisted growth for those same reasons. I cannot find a foreman I can let run the place for a week, or more, if I want to take a vacation.
And I haven't had a vacation since 2008. A long weekend here and there, a few days between Christmas and New Years once. But no real vacation.
12-16 hours days, 7 days a week. But, I'm committed to my company and my customers, so I trudge on.
Maybe some day I'll find that guy...some day...or I could win the lottery.
If I win the lottery
, you'll hear about me. Because there will be a loud noise coming outta that Cleveland area
, and a certain business owner will
...well don't want to give too much away and spoil the surprise.
(for those that can't recognize humor, the Cleveland stuff...joke