Looking at t-shirts,sweatshirts, and work jackets for my guys. T-shirts have to be worn everyday, except really cold weather days where it is unlikely to be exposed. and over a long-sleeve t is fine for those weird weather days of 40 in the morning and 80 in the afternoon. must be tucked in. must wear belt and jeans with no holes. must wear leather work shoes. etc. Shirts must be done by Aug 15. This year I am going with the darker ash grey, mainly for dirt and stain hiding ability. simple one color Christmas Light Install Crew on back in the largest letters that will fit. heavy weight cotton t-shirts, costwise around 3-5 bucks each for 75. 8 employees get 7 each, plus spares for when guys show up without a shirt, or when guys quit and you don't get them back. in both cases, shirt cost comes out of pay. at 10 bucks each. looking at new yard signs, but I still have about 50 left. these are disposable, so I buy in bulk every 3 years or so. I'd like to spend no more than 3 bucks per sign, and get at least 300 for 100 per year. Signs must be done by Sept 1. getting DVD's made from all my videos. in the past, I had a seperate dvd for each client in the work file, this year I want each crew to have just 3-5 dvd's with all the clients on them. That way when they lose a dvd, I already have a spare at the shop. believe it or not, I already have most of the videos on my computer, but making a dvd with 30-40 one to 3 minute videos is not easy or user friendly. all I want is the name of the client in alphabetical order on the DVD menu screen, and then burn it, but I have yet to find software to make it so. DVD's must be done by Sept 1. going to convention in Omaha this week to look at new product and marketing stuff from HBL. really just for fun, but it always gets me excited for Christmas lights. shop is pretty clean and organized, but I want to go through each file and make sure wreaths, boxes, and luminary's are where the file says they are, and get a feel for my left over inventory from last year. This has to be done by Sept 1. design an intelligence test for new employee interviews. I am trying to only hire roofers this year, so I want to test thier IQ with a simple 20-30 question IQ test from the internet to get the brightest among them. Folks can seem smart in an interview, but I need guys that can read driving directions, figure out how to add up amps, and also be problem solvers. and that requires a minimum of 110,120 IQ. I am done with employees who cannot add. Aug 15 deadline I am also trying to figure out a heights/ladder test for guys to make sure they are roof and ladder capable. Spt 1. deadline. Ladders,tools and trucks for 4 crews. last year I shot for it and failed. we barely squeaked by with 3 crews. with more clients onboard this year than last, I will be ready this year. I have 5 trucks, but need to probably buy 2 more box vans for primary. don't know if I will have the cash until too late though. we'll see. need a truck or 2 bought by Nov. 1. probably should have more on the list.