I am a micro manager. I have had guys working for me and had good experiences, but there are times when you have to keep them busy. I never liked doing jobs with that goal in mind. My goal is to be offering a great job done as specified in writing being sure to ask enough questions to make an informed bid with all the details hammered-out.
Having said that, my pricing has gone up a little since I am solo, since I must absorb errands and bidding as "unproductive" time on jobs.
In my area, my reputation gets me customers, so marketing costs right now are $0.00.
I wanted to get new shirts made a while back and figured, "Heck! I don't have time to get them for all the jobs!" The same is true for lettering I had designed for my trailer.
I don't know how others feel about this, but I also barter services with others in my community. Of course, this has to be done skillfully and with people you are comfortable proposing this to, but I am bartering with a dentist who will do a lot more for me than the paint job would have netted me in profits!
A flooring guy has redone my bathrooms for cost of materials as I painted his house for materials costs.
Finally, a lawyer is looking at my business structure and advising me on incorporating versus sole proprietorship and HE suggested looking at his home for painting! Again, these are people whom I know or are at least acquaintances.
yeah careful with the trading of labor between professions, lawyers advising you to incorporate. you can do that for under 300. paint his house is going to be in the thousands. Id prefer just to pay whatever it is, something goes wrong theres no debates.
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