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  1. #11
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    what's 'too busy' ?

    maybe when someone has to tell you what day it is....

    ~RJ~

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    Quote Originally Posted by romex jockey View Post
    what's 'too busy' ?

    maybe when someone has to tell you what day it is....

    ~RJ~
    A year or so ago my help told me just that. “Hell, I don’t even know what today is!”

    Strange how things work out. I couldn’t find time to breath a few years ago while a good share of you were wondering what you were going to do. Tariffs have hit my main customer base hard and consequently me. The “support” offered because of that impact is a pittance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldstar View Post
    Thankfully I've been slammed with work this past year. I just wish it had happened when my knees were younger. There were several months when I worked 7 days a week, not because I was greedy but because there was that much work that had to be completed in a given amount of time. I'm not one to turn away work but I had to pass on several jobs just because I was too busy to even look at the jobs. On the bright side - I enjoyed going to the bank and going on vacations.

    Winter is coming and it's usually my slow time. That's when I'm getting at least one of my knees replaced.
    If you were that slammed, how did you find time for a vacation?
    If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time!

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    What's a vacation?
    Code references based on 2005 NEC
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    I'm contemplating that. Please keep us apprised. I have a very bad right knee, definitely affects my quality of life, but at 62 it seems a little young as I understand the life of the joint is about 20 years. They are also making big strides in joint surgery, and if I can push it off I might get a better product.

    That said, my wife's aunt and uncle have both had replacements. I saw Barb a couple of weeks ago and thought she was going to haul me to the hospital on the spot, that's how enthusiastic she was. Unlike same guy's observation, no indication that it was all that painful.
    I don't want to pirate this thread away from the OP so I'm starting a new thread in the "Campfire Chat" section titled "Knee surgery". Anyone wanting to follow or comment can do it there.

    I just realized there's no Campfire Chat section anymore so I'll start a new thread in this section

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    I'm contemplating that. Please keep us apprised. I have a very bad right knee, definitely affects my quality of life, but at 62 it seems a little young as I understand the life of the joint is about 20 years. They are also making big strides in joint surgery, and if I can push it off I might get a better product.

    That said, my wife's aunt and uncle have both had replacements. I saw Barb a couple of weeks ago and thought she was going to haul me to the hospital on the spot, that's how enthusiastic she was. Unlike sameguy's observation, no indication that it was all that painful.
    I said that because my wife just had her knee done in June and had her hip done the spring before and her doctor told her " if you thought your hip surgery hurt, your knee surgery is a completely different level of pain so get your mind ready it's going to really hurt!". She is happy with the hip and glad she did it, assume it will be the same with the knee after it all heals. This was all due to an accident at work in 2015, comp. that's a real pain to deal with; drag things out and refuse everything automatically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Bill View Post
    If you were that slammed, how did you find time for a vacation?
    All those $$$ you make when you are working 7 days a week entitle you to some time off but you have to schedule it. It was tough but a cruise to the southern Caribbean, a week in Aruba and then a trip to Iceland and a few trips to Chicago in between to see the grand kids was all worth the extra time I spent doing the work 7 days a week (but that's what happens when your wife retires).

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    Your Replacement

    I just posted a similar suggestion. Hire a manager that can replace you. Then you can focus mostly on sales, and customer service.

    The difficult part is finding someone that will run your company as if it was their own business. Best of luck!

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    I remember working 63 straight days one time and that included a lot of 12+ hour days. Like has been said you take it, because the time comes when you keep picking up the phone to see if it's still working.

    I always tell people that if I knew when the highs and lows would be, I could be a millionaire, simply by selling that information.
    I can build anything you want if you draw a picture of it on the back of a big enough check.

    There's no substitute for hard work....but that doesn't mean I'm going to give up trying to find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyjwc View Post
    ..remember working 63 straight days one time..
    Feast before Famine with public-review sites like Yelp, Google, and others also have cycles. Eventually each advertiser's volume will peak, until getting competitor attention.

    Any contractor is vulnerable to regulatory entrapment; invitations to demonstrate fraud & lawless conduct with under reported payroll, workers-comp., license limits, Building-Permit requirements, and invitations to license-board stings, especially if not Licensed in a State with license-board enforcement. Competitors will report you to enforcement agencies weather you violate the law or not.

    When my public-reviews peaked, so did invitations to violate License law, by working beyond my scope. Refusing to bite kept me out of jail, so what followed was unusual Public-Reviews hating on my business. Trying to get advertisers to remove defamation not originating from customers was a full-time job, and peaked my emotional involvement, and frustration. Until the advertiser demanded an exponential increase in fees from ~$100. to $1000. a Month.

    After refusing to pay, and seeking justice in small-claims against one defamatory dirt bag, the advertiser blocked my business page with a Warning Banner, stating my business was an enemy of free speech. What was once a my best advertising source suddenly dropped to Zero, but work volume from other sources were in different stages of similar cycles.

    Many repeat customers stopped calling, others waited to see me before asking what happened on Yelp.com. After telling the truth, some never called back. It was a double-edged sword, since delinquent clients --who threatened bad reviews on Yelp-- were shown the Yelp Warning Banner that proved they couldn't hurt me any worse, but could own me $10,000 with damages in California small claims court.

    Some competitors figure out when to ring my phone to interrogate me about license law in front of their previous clients, before I can place them on hold. It works, since some of those clients never called back. Sometimes strange interrogations by phone occur just before clients offer me to work beyond my scope, followed by a bad review on Yelp.com complaining that I hung up after they asked about my license.

    Yelp.com does find bad reviews in violation of policy, but after letting some nasty reviews stick me real good, they didn't need the Warning Banner any more, and eventually removed it. What seems certain, is all good things will come to an end, so will work exclusively from one client, or advertising source.

    After 10 years of refusing work that voids property-insurance claims, Nirvana arrives in other ways. While working with a prior client, invoiced ~4 years ago, I could not remember them; not their face, their voice, their property, nor their neighborhood. But, they seemed to remember my name with amazing clarity and trust, as if we were the best of buds. Felling like a celebrity that earned it was a flattering experience.
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