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Old 04-21-2013, 06:26 AM
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a rant about employees!

So after 5 years of employees and loosing accounts and fixing broken equipment i decided to not have any this year. Let me start by saying that this year i have the same amount as last year, this is the first year i didn't lose anybody. So with the work load being equal i decided try and go back to being solo and i'm glad i did. Two days in particular used to take 4 people including myself 6 hours and 4 hours to do this year i did it myself 8 hours and 5.5 hours and i saved on wages fuel and broken equipment and taxes and last started on time.
I guess what i'm trying to say is think long and hard before you decide to add that second ,third or fourth truck because sometimes its just not worth it. I'm profiting more money now than with 3 trucks. Hard to believe i know. Oh and the bullshit i'm sick i can't work excuses and having to reschedule things that is gone and that is priceless.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:11 AM
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So after 5 years of employees ......... i decided to not have any this year.

Let me start by saying that this year i have the same amount as last year, this is the first year i didn't lose anybody. So with the work load being equal i decided try and go back to being solo and i'm glad i did. Two days in particular used to take 4 people including myself 6 hours and 4 hours to do this year i did it myself 8 hours and 5.5 hours
You may of had bad employees.

Though from what I see you hired employees when you did not need any.

Also it appears that too many people were standing around watching work instead of working. Why was that many hours allowed to be wasted?
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:42 AM
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I did the same thing a couple years ago and I am happy I did. Cut back on the services offered and focussed on my highest profit services. More money, more free time, less drama.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:05 PM
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Though from what I see you hired employees when you did not need any.
I thought the same thing. Same workload, get rid of 4 guys, and get the same amount of work done solo? Why did you have employees to begin with.....
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:13 PM
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From what I've seen some people have no business having employees the way they operate.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:36 PM
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From what I've seen some people have no business having employees the way they operate.
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OP,

Have you considered the possibility they were not trained properly or managed properly?
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:56 PM
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When having employees you have to have training that is mandatory. When you have your systems in place its easy. Hire and train people that have the culture you want your business to have. If they don't fit, they aren't hired. You can't blame employees when they can't even do regular maintenance on equipment properly. They don't even know the machine.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:16 PM
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a rant about employees!

When i started hiring employees i had triple work load. I had the need. It was thanks to equipment damage, property damage. That it shrank. Any way i was going to try and grow again but over the winter i was like ah forget that. So here i am happy and solo.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:23 PM
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I'm profiting more money now than with 3 trucks. Hard to believe i know. Oh and the bullshit i'm sick i can't work excuses and having to reschedule things that is gone and that is priceless.
Ah... employees were not the problem
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:05 PM
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I don't like the headaches that can come with having employees but there is no way I could do it without them.

Thankfully we have 3 really good guys. I could write a book on bad employees!!
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