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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-12-2014, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Newbie to this

I am still learning a lot. But I am getting a little more comfortable with the work. I am trying to run a few crews and sub out some of the mowing. I am going to try to do the mowing for close to the max allowed for my state. But since I don't have really any equipment to speak of, I don't know how it will pan out.

I have done a number of secures and winterizations now. I think I have the hang of it. I know how to make money doing this work for the Sisters more or less. Things seem always to be unusual on every order that I get just about. I guess we will see how it goes.

One of my first secures, I bid something pretty high, like well over $2k. I got the bid and completed it in the middle of winter season and it helped my bottom line a lot. I ended up making a good profit on most everything I have done for the Sisters... just not typically on changing knobs and pouring pink stuff down drains per se. I hope I am past my aggravated feeling of despair when it takes me forever to do a secure order... I have realized that I am getting paid actually pretty well. And now I am teaching some others to do it for me.

I just wish the 3 day schedule could be different. Friday afternoon orders are so retarded. I sort of blow them off a lot. I mean, I got a lot of other things I do besides pour pink stuff in drains!

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(I do work for the 5 Amigos)
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Weekend Warriors!

LOL! I always thought I was the only one who got work dumped on me Friday afternoon that was due on Monday! Isn't that nice? They just assume we work 24/7, 365! Oh! But don't be standing behind their door at 4:59pm on Friday afternoon! You'll get your butt trampled!!

My motto: I work for a living, I don't live to work!

One of the companies I do work for has some pretty cruel penalties and fines for late work orders (up to 50%). I had a complete roof replacement due on the day after Thanksgiving this past year. I didn't get the work order until Tuesday and my roofing crew was already tied up for Wednesday... We had a 30 square roof to tear off and replace by dark on Friday! Fortunately, my roofing crew is bad-AZZ and I didn't really want to be any where near the dang mall with my wife that day anyway!
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oh natasha how fast you will change your tune when you see the chargebacks coming months down the road,never get in the comfy mode with this business.
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yea ... weekends

I've been doing this for a few years and learned plenty. The guy I work for is generally fair and honest but he gets piled on all the time by the big nationals.

- Weekends are part of the deal that's hard to get around. I just accept it and take my time off during the week.
- Pics are super important - always take too many and always keep copies (zip drives are cheap now).
- Always CYA on winterizes. I always put in a note that system would not hold pressure which covers my ass if there's a leak down the road. (whether it does OR NOT) A RE Agent can come in and try to turn the water on and flood something -- then you'll get tagged for it.
- The requirements always increase, the pay always decreases and these people have armies of personnel to go through pics and notes just looking for reasons to screw contractors.
If your not the 1st person in -- always take pics and make notes of screw-ups or you'll get blamed (and charged).
Good luck, though. You can make some money. The more work you can do personally, the more money you're going to make.

Be extra careful on bigger jobs where you have to outlay money for labor and/or material.....
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never count your chickens until you have eaten them in this biz cause the nats will snatch them months down the road.
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Originally Posted by REOmadness View Post
never count your chickens until you have eaten them in this biz cause the nats will snatch them months down the road.
That is one of the craziest mixed metaphors... hey wait, maybe that is like a Spoonerism?

(I do work for the 5 Amigos)
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You can lead a horse to water but nothing smells worse than a wet horse...
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