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I Need Advice(Long Post)

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by dirtpusher, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. dirtpusher

    dirtpusher LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 12

    I have been around this site for a long time, I don't post much but I keep up with everything. Here is my background and I would appreciate any advice.
    I am 30 years old. I did not attend college. I started working for my Dad when I was 18. It is just him and me in the company he started in 1992. We do grading, clearing, hauling, septic sytem installs, and any other residential site work. Work slowed last year, I was laid off and I have been unemployeed for a year now. He has a little work, but not enough for both of us, unless he needs help with something and I get called. He asks like he could care less if I worked or not. He buys things at the drop of a hat and doesn't worry about having work. He has never been really good at trying to expand the company. My Dad does not advertise for work, he relies only on word of mouth which worked well until a year ago. I have a general contractors license and can build homes, but there is not much of that going on here now. I got my GC license more or less to just have it if I wanted to build houses. I have one house that I am going to start in a couple weeks that I was lucky to get. I really prefer to do the dirt work, but I need to work now . I am doing the house out of necessity for work. I have been doing all the odd jobs I can get until now.
    Here's my delimma: Should I try to get more construction work? (I started a company right before the recession and had to close because of a lack of work.) Should I try to start a grading/site work business of my own? Or Should I just try to get a job somewhere? What would you guys do?
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    Bail out and do something else.
  3. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    as hard as it may be, it sounds like its time you fly solo now.
  4. Heavyduty1

    Heavyduty1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 244

    Yeah man, it's time to do your own thing whatever it may be (const, dirtwork, etc.) You should help the old man on the side, if he needs it. It's a good thing to have worked with your father all these years, thats something $$$ can't replace. :drinkup:
  5. Dirtman2007

    Dirtman2007 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,366

    What part if NC are you from? I'm in raleigh... things are busy as hell for us.

    Might be time to venture out on your own, although that can be a very expensive risk in this economy.
  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Bottom Line is you have to have work. If you cannot get it then this discussion is really pointless.

    My advice is develop a buisness plan. Establish required buisness expenses to run the plan and then determine if and how you can get the work.
    You obviously have the experience but running a peice of equipment has nothing to do with being succesful in buisness.
    You did mention taht you could not find work before so what has changed to make you think it will work now?
  7. ConstSvcs

    ConstSvcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    A word of advice:

    I am a home builder............my clients.....and yours (potential) are going to expect you to produce a quality product........with which they will be investing their hard earned dollars on .........now and possibly for the next thirty years plus or minus. The responsibility that you plan to take on does not end upon you receiving your final check. Your completed projects are a reflection of you as a builder and will follow you .........good or bad.........satisfied client or unhappy client........

    The size or final cost of the home you are building WILL NOT MATTER . Treat all of your homes with the same degree of Quality & Integrity.........and your happy clients will send more your way.........

    Incorporate dad's basic ideas into your new business plan and roll on........good luck
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Ron this is just like yourself to the T :laugh:

    NEVER work for family is never works out in most cases.

    What usually happens is the family memeber gets treated poorly because you are family.

    I stopped working for my family years ago, they sill owe me close to 100 grand in wages.
  9. DirtMerchant

    DirtMerchant LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    Whatever you do, don't listen to Anything Gravel Rat says.

    That is the best advice anyone can give you
  10. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    Why do they owe you so much money?

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