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Old 02-09-2011, 11:04 AM
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The hardest thing in this business is to grow past the point where your employees make you money vs going solo. If you don't know your exact costs it can really screw you up. I know, I did it and screwed up the first time.

In my opinion you have to have enough extra work that you can keep your employee busy for 40+ hours a week. Get enough work for that and then it can free you up to grow your business.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:52 AM
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I use one guy for 24 hours a week and I do the rest. have 49 weekly 30 bi weekly..So 64 each week. I think I'll try for 70 or 75. I was solo for 10 years.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:57 AM
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Thanks for the input. It sounds like most of you are more than willing or already have hired.

There are some good points. Part-time vs. full-time is an interesting issue to consider, I'll have to do some research on that.

B.S.'ing is certainly not a priority but I'd be lying if I said it wouldn't be nice to give someone a hard time and make fun of. The priority is efficiency.

I know my costs very well. All I do is concern myself with how many different things actually are a direct or indirect expense of my business. Which is a lot more than some of my customers understand. I definitely don't know it all when it comes to profit and loss and business expenses maybe someone could give me an example of commonly overlooked expenses when hiring.
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