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Old 04-22-2020, 12:20 AM   #41
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You guys are making me kind of jealous! I'm still going full bore like normal. Got three calls for estimates today, booked two jobs, and I haven't any extra time off from painting. We had to work last Saturday just to keep from falling behind. I've been patiently waiting for the hammer to fall.

I had two jobs ask to postpone due to the virus but within a day or two I filled their spots with new work.

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It's likely that most would trade places with you.


But isn't that a sad commentary on the times? (Not specifically the covid19 times - the more general "times.") It seems the 2 choices are to be run ragged or to be dead in the water. It would be nice to live in a happy medium.
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Old 04-22-2020, 06:41 AM   #42
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But isn't that a sad commentary on the times? (Not specifically the covid19 times - the more general "times.") It seems the 2 choices are to be run ragged or to be dead in the water. It would be nice to live in a happy medium.
I think eventually I'll feel the effects of it. What's totally backwards is my wife the ER nurse has been called off at least one day a week because their numbers are so low. Every per diem nurse has been sent packing until further notice and full timers have two options when called off. Either use their pto or take pandemic pay which is 70% of their normal rate.

When she's at work they're running a skeleton crew and pushing them to the limits where it's border line unsafe. During normal times they would have a dedicated triage nurse unit secretary, techs, and nurses with bed assignments would have four beds at a time. Now there is no triage nurse, no unit secretary's, no techs, and they're getting six beds. The other day she was triage and had six beds at the same time, basically doing 2.5 times the work which is insane.

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You guys are making me kind of jealous! I'm still going full bore like normal. Got three calls for estimates today, booked two jobs, and I haven't any extra time off from painting. We had to work last Saturday just to keep from falling behind. I've been patiently waiting for the hammer to fall.

I had two jobs ask to postpone due to the virus but within a day or two I filled their spots with new work.

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I have also not seen much of a dip. None of my jobs have cancelled on me. But, they are all exterior work. I just booked a new entire exterior last week and I am still getting calls. Therefore, I am trying not to complain that despite all the work I have not been working a lot. The weather is killing me. We are having a very cold and rainy early Spring in New England.

Here is my dilemma. Do I hire someone to help me this year. I am a bit hesitant because I do not want to take someone on only to have let him go due to not having enough work to keep two of us busy. I do have a high school student that contacted me that seems like he would make a good employee and I would only have to keep him busy for a couple of months.



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Old 04-22-2020, 11:10 AM   #44
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I have also not seen much of a dip. None of my jobs have cancelled on me. But, they are all exterior work. I just booked a new entire exterior last week and I am still getting calls. Therefore, I am trying not to complain that despite all the work I have not been working a lot. The weather is killing me. We are having a very cold and rainy early Spring in New England.

Here is my dilemma. Do I hire someone to help me this year. I am a bit hesitant because I do not want to take someone on only to have let him go due to not having enough work to keep two of us busy. I do have a high school student that contacted me that seems like he would make a good employee and I would only have to keep him busy for a couple of months.

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I think that everyone knows the score right now, so if you needed an experienced painter then you look for one being clear that you have absolutely no idea how much work there will be going ahead.


Or if the jobs are such that it would be easy enough to so some training, I like the high school student idea. It's good for you because it would be cheaper and you don't feel responsible for someone else's livelihood. And it's good for the kid to make some summer $$ and get some training. I got started part timing through school, and that experience / little bit of knowledge/skill was all I needed to get a foot in w/ full time painting contractors. And once you have it, even if you don't stay with painting, it's a skill set you can pull out on an as needed basis.
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