Originally Posted by Stillwater
Alex, sit down crack a cold one and think of needs versus wants. When I hear the words spending spree I cringe. So your growing that to me means to me your busy your Completeing jobs and getting paid. If your sitting on a pile of money purchase a certificate of deposit. I don't see a enclosed trailer making you complete jobs faster. If your forgetting things you need to work from a equipment checklist.. I also don't see a spending spree creating a solid core of a business foundation. I could write a book on what not to do.
I too could sit down and for 2-3 hours i could continuously type and financial mistakes I've made and lessons learned.
Alex - profit margins for the Hardscape industry are pathetically low. Scoring a $23k Hardscape gig does not mean you're living the good life and can buy buy buy. Not in this industry. In other industries - it's probably a greater possibility, but not with pavers. You may have work, but you're not swimming in cash. Heck, it takes the owner of a Hardscape business to have 3 crews out working in order for the owner to net what other industries make with just one crew.
I've been in hardscapes for 17 yrs. and never did we need a covered trailer. Never. And really - I don't think remembering tools was an issue. In the last 17 yrs something has probably been forgotten no more than 5 times. My bigget problem is the guys put the line levels in their pocketed and unintentionally take them home, then the next day we have no line levels and I'm rushing to Home Depot.
One thing I do is I make a to do list on my phone, as I think of things - I jot myself a note. So far for today I have 2
Tasks on my list for tonight - 1) pay phone bill 2) pay satellite bill. You can do the same for your job stuff