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Old 11-20-2012, 06:56 PM
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IMHO I wouldn't call working 15 hrs a week busting my hump. You are right about people not wanting to work. I have the same mentality about employees when they are hired, I wouldn't have them do anything I wouldn't do myself.
didnt mean 15 hrs a week meant a day for awhile we were swamped till we got caught up
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:10 PM
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didnt mean 15 hrs a week meant a day for awhile we were swamped till we got caught up
That makes a lot more sense.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:49 PM
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Since you have snow im guessing you are either in one of the mountain chains or up by the lakes. I would definitely wait until there was little to no snow on the ground.

Sadly, no other person is every going to work as hard as you do because it's your business and you get the most reward from it. Their is only a small group of people who will truly work hard for you and they are the ones who will then go on to start their own businesses. Im also told the "extreme southerners" work very hard for a small check but I don't care, i would shut down before I had them working for me.

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Old 11-28-2012, 10:18 PM
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"I take holiday"

and yes I take it for 3 months.

Beautiful answer!! I take 3 month vacation and prep for the spring time, advertising, and paperwork etc.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:24 PM
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Beautiful answer!! I take 3 month vacation and prep for the spring time, advertising, and paperwork etc.

That is what I do. Except add college full time & plowing. Otherwise its vacay time. There isnt much time that I can lounge around but it is more relaxing time than I get during the landscape season.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:30 AM
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My off season seems to be getting shorter and shorter. While work may slow down it rarely just stops except for a few weeks between Chirstmas and about Jan 15
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:56 AM
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Sadly, no other person is every going to work as hard as you do because it's your business and you get the most reward from it. Their is only a small group of people who will truly work hard for you and they are the ones who will then go on to start their own businesses.

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:14 PM
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This isn't the best solution but it keeps me into some kind of work year round, even during busy season I never work really stupid hard anymore but then when things would be dead I have a little work to keep me occupied, kind of spreads it all out.

The situation...
Someone's always trying to save a buck, and I need work in the slow periods...
Those people always trying to save money have projects they want done.
But everyone always wants things done during the busiest time, like spring.
Like, I'm already working like crazy and they want more done...

Time to make a list...
Those who want to pay extra to have it done now...
And those who don't mind waiting until I am slow, get a big discount.
Then you get some in between, regular price wait a little bit but not too long.

For example:
We will call it Project A, price $100 if done in next 2-4 weeks.
Price $110 and it gets done in the next 1-2 weeks.
Price $120 and it's done this week.
Price $140 and it's done in the next 2-3 days.
Price $60-$75 and it can wait until I have time to do it but it will get done.
That was just an example now...

Keep in mind it does take practice to get it right.

Yes sir, yes sir.

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:41 PM
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This isn't the best solution but it keeps me into some kind of work year round, even during busy season I never work really stupid hard anymore but then when things would be dead I have a little work to keep me occupied, kind of spreads it all out.

The situation...
Someone's always trying to save a buck, and I need work in the slow periods...
Those people always trying to save money have projects they want done.
But everyone always wants things done during the busiest time, like spring.
Like, I'm already working like crazy and they want more done...

Time to make a list...
Those who want to pay extra to have it done now...
And those who don't mind waiting until I am slow, get a big discount.
Then you get some in between, regular price wait a little bit but not too long.

For example:
We will call it Project A, price $100 if done in next 2-4 weeks.
Price $110 and it gets done in the next 1-2 weeks.
Price $120 and it's done this week.
Price $140 and it's done in the next 2-3 days.
Price $60-$75 and it can wait until I have time to do it but it will get done.
That was just an example now...

Keep in mind it does take practice to get it right.

Yes sir, yes sir.
i feeel like you cant cut huge discounts like that because at the end of the day you still need to cover your costs and make it worth your while. i would rather work a sunday to get it done timely to make double the money and then when its slow i can relax knowing i made double time on that job
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:10 AM
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I agree with both the post above me.

Trick is to know what your min cost is to operate.

I base my cost recovery on a 9 month year.

I also know my recovery based on 12 months I could give a 25% discount in the off season but I rarely do that much. (9/12) . I will tell people if it is a non-critical wait until offseason.

I have employees so I want to keep them busy most of them can not afford a 2 month vacation.
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