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Old 01-07-2017, 07:52 PM   #1
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Is any one else's year starting off super busy? I am scheduling into March right now. Usually this is the time of year I get my paper work caught up and everything ready for the tax man. But now I can't get a day at home to do it. I even worked today and probably next Saturday. Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining. We are going on our fifth year with the full time painting business and have never been scheduled out that far in January.
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We are booked up through February right now. 3-5 calls a day coming in for interior and some exterior bookings for next season.
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Yes. Extremely busy.
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Honestly things slowed down a bit, which is kind of odd.

Guess we'll see how it all turns out here shortly. A few carry over jobs from last year and a few "coming up around tax season" stuff.

Going to start slamming the marketing plan I made and see how things turn out. Once the weather warms up a bit, I'm sure we'll be full bore all over again. Can't wait, always love working long-days and multiple jobs. Helps that money roll in.
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Nope no one stays super busy here this time of year unless working for monkey food. New construction guys and some repaints but winter here is always slow again unless you want to work to say how busy you are. Lus there's more painters than people here.

Just got foot of snow it's no fun going in and out of people's houses in this stuff. Plus parking always an issue. I hate winter the older I get the more I hate it. If you busy and making money more power to ya��������

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I have not had a break (except for a one week vacation) since March. I have work until the end of next week. Already have a couple weeks of work for February, and have some big exteriors jobs booked for the Spring, and just looked at another one today.

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It's endless!! I'm tired!! I wanna sit on unenjoyment for a month...ain't gonna happen...I NEED A BREAK!
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slow and cold. i dont mind, i dont want to go outside anyway
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Nope no one stays super busy here this time of year unless working for monkey food. New construction guys and some repaints but winter here is always slow again unless you want to work to say how busy you are. Lus there's more painters than people here.

Just got foot of snow it's no fun going in and out of people's houses in this stuff. Plus parking always an issue. I hate winter the older I get the more I hate it. If you busy and making money more power to ya��������
Yep. The worst part is unloading and loading. Plus I keep my truck outside so I have to make sure I bring in my Spackle, Primer, and caulking every night that it doesn't stay on the job site. I also bring my masking in. I'm not sure if it really hurts it to bad but with the cost of it I don't like my frog tape getting hot and cold.
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Be careful what you wish!
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Plenty of work on the books.
In an effort to increase efficiency I scheduled a couple weeks of just shop time for January to do a few improvements and reorganize.
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Completely booked through March. Trying to add a couple of "real" painters. If you aren't busy in Charleston, something's wrong. I've never seen it like this during the winter.
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from the store side of it, December was about the same sales wise but January has started off about 35% up over last year.
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For me, things drop dead somewhere in the first couple of weeks of December as I do primarily residential repaints. Stays that way until first week after new years. Same thing this year. Starting up again tomorrow, then it should be pretty steady for the next while.

I hate this time of year. My van's a disaster, but I don't have a garage or shop to park it in to organize. We've been getting bombed with snow, so there's no way to keep the doors open long enough to organize it or it'll get filled with snow.
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If you all are hammered with work the first week of January, and getting calls and booking weeks/months out, raise your prices asap fer christ sake!
Its supply and demand people, don't screw up the economics. This is where we all recoup from the recession, and prepare for the next one.
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If you all are hammered with work the first week of January, and getting calls and booking weeks/months out, raise your prices asap fer christ sake!
Its supply and demand people, don't screw up the economics. This is where we all recoup from the recession, and prepare for the next one.
I have been raising my prices with every new quote. I will continue to do so until I start hearing no on a consistent basis. I'm looking for the ceiling. Haven't found it yet.
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I have been raising my prices with every new quote. I will continue to do so until I start hearing no on a consistent basis. I'm looking for the ceiling. Haven't found it yet.
That's how you do it. Keep going up until you are being awarded approximately 3/10 of your bids, and level it out there. If you are still getting calls, keep going up, especially on the ones you don't want/have time for.
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If you all are hammered with work the first week of January, and getting calls and booking weeks/months out, raise your prices asap fer christ sake!
Its supply and demand people, don't screw up the economics. This is where we all recoup from the recession, and prepare for the next one.
Hey great idea! In fact that's exactly what Sherwin Williams is doing! But if no one ever buys from anyone else, what do you think is going to happen? They'll keep jacking up prices and lowering quality forever!
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I hate this time of year. My van's a disaster, but I don't have a garage or shop to park it in to organize. We've been getting bombed with snow, so there's no way to keep the doors open long enough to organize it or it'll get filled with snow.
my truck is also a mess, i think my next goal is to disappear for jan/dec. dont enjoy painting in this weather.

any painters become snowbirds? i wonder if thats realistic in my future, sounds nice to shut down every january
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Took three weeks off during the holidays. Did a small job last week for our neighbors which was convenient since a rare ice/snow event made travel difficult. Starting back to a "regular" schedule tomorrow.

We are booked out about where we want to be for this time of year; enough to stay busy but not out to March or anything - which is just fine with me.
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