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How many hours a week do you contractors put in?
Example: 7-5:30 Monday-Friday 4-5 hrs doing books on the weekend.

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i've been working 7-7:30 a lot in my almost 12 years in the trade, far too many 60+ hour weeks. i much prefer ~50 hours a week
 

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I work from 7am to about 5-6pm Monday through Thursday. I take Friday through Sunday off....In theory!

I end up working a few hours here and there on my days off, but for the most part I just put off work, when I should. You need to learn to draw a line and stick to it. I was really worried about not working Fridays, but I am actually much more productive now. I know I only have four days to get stuff done, and I do it. I know I only have four days to sell, and I do it.

Figure out how much you want to do, figure out a way to make that work, then stick to it.
 
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I work from 7am to about 5-6pm Monday through Thursday. I take Friday through Sunday off....In theory!

I end up working a few hours here and there on my days off, but for the most part I just put off work, when I should. You need to learn to draw a line and stick to it. I was really worried about not working Fridays, but I am actually much more productive now. I know I only have four days to get stuff done, and I do it. I know I only have four days to sell, and I do it.

Figure out how much you want to do, figure out a way to make that work, then stick to it.
Arent you a service based business?

How does that work with being closed on Fridays?

Or do your employees work on Fridays and just you take that day off?

My bro in law does 99% construction and only works M - Th. Ive attempted it and it hasn't worked for me.
 

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Arent you a service based business?

How does that work with being closed on Fridays?

Or do your employees work on Fridays and just you take that day off?

My bro in law does 99% construction and only works M - Th. Ive attempted it and it hasn't worked for me.
Yeah, were service based. The employees work and I take the day off. I have asked them if they would like alternative schedules, but so far everyone just wants the 8-4:30 5 days a week.
 

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It's a lot like when I smoked, I would tell everyone (including myself) a pack a day, but I always bought a pack in the morning and one in the evening.
 

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My hours change constantly, usually average 50-60 hours a week. I sometime have days off, I sometimes work 20 hour shifts. Whatever needed to get 'er done. I do a majority of work on the road though.
 

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Most of the time I leave at 6 am. I get home normally around 6 pm. Occasionally before that, often after that. Then I make calls, do estimates, bills etc. Essentially most of my waking time is spent on work in some form. It sucks, I hate it, and when I find a way out I'm taking it. :(
 

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Most of the time I leave at 6 am. I get home normally around 6 pm. Occasionally before that, often after that. Then I make calls, do estimates, bills etc. Essentially most of my waking time is spent on work in some form. It sucks, I hate it, and when I find a way out I'm taking it. :(
This is exactly why I don't ever want to own my own business. I constantly have people ask me why I don't work for myself. I usually tell them, #1 I don't want to do residential work, #2 I don't want to spend my whole life working. As a 1 man show you have to do everything. Bidding, buying material, phone calls, do the work, billing, collections, etc. Working for a larger company we have separate people to do all of those jobs. I show up everyday and just do electrical work, then go home. It's someone elese's job to worry about billing. If I need to place a material order we have a purchaser for that. I just call him with my order and he shops around and puts the order together for me. I leave my house at approx. 6:30a and get home usually before 4:00p everyday.
 

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Both myself and the rest of the employees do a 40 hr work week. Monday to Friday 7 to 3:30........in theory. My phone is on everyday until 7:30 when everything gets sent to voicemail after that.
 

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This is exactly why I don't ever want to own my own business. I constantly have people ask me why I don't work for myself. I usually tell them, #1 I don't want to do residential work, #2 I don't want to spend my whole life working. As a 1 man show you have to do everything. Bidding, buying material, phone calls, do the work, billing, collections, etc. Working for a larger company we have separate people to do all of those jobs. I show up everyday and just do electrical work, then go home. It's someone elese's job to worry about billing. If I need to place a material order we have a purchaser for that. I just call him with my order and he shops around and puts the order together for me. I leave my house at approx. 6:30a and get home usually before 4:00p everyday.
That would be like a vacation. :laughing:


Been doing this for 20 years now, I'm done.
 

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If your biz model isolates from being the social butterfly, public liaison , ambassador of electrons, 1-800sparky, then you might have normal hours to look forward to....~CS~
 

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Most of the time I leave at 6 am. I get home normally around 6 pm. Occasionally before that, often after that. Then I make calls, do estimates, bills etc. Essentially most of my waking time is spent on work in some form. It sucks, I hate it, and when I find a way out I'm taking it. :(
An d you still can t get ahead
 

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Most of the time I leave at 6 am. I get home normally around 6 pm. Occasionally before that, often after that. Then I make calls, do estimates, bills etc. Essentially most of my waking time is spent on work in some form. It sucks, I hate it, and when I find a way out I'm taking it. :(
This is exactly why I don't ever want to own my own business. I constantly have people ask me why I don't work for myself. I usually tell them, #1 I don't want to do residential work, #2 I don't want to spend my whole life working. As a 1 man show you have to do everything. Bidding, buying material, phone calls, do the work, billing, collections, etc. Working for a larger company we have separate people to do all of those jobs. I show up everyday and just do electrical work, then go home. It's someone elese's job to worry about billing. If I need to place a material order we have a purchaser for that. I just call him with my order and he shops around and puts the order together for me. I leave my house at approx. 6:30a and get home usually before 4:00p everyday.
But Scott doesn't have to work all those hours. He does it because he is ambitious, because the work is available, because he is trying to grow the company, etc. He can very easily ramp his workload down to lessen his hours if he chooses to. Or maybe he is near the point where he can bring in an office girl to do the work that he does when he gets home at night.
He can work less hours than he currently does and still make considerably more than he would if he was an employee.
 

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I remember the days of waking up at 5 am, leaving the house by 6 am and getting home between 6 pm and 9 pm, then working in the office.

Sometimes the phone would ring in the middle of the night for an emergency call and I would have to head out and then repeat the next day.

It sucked, I was working about 80 hours a week on average and when it was all said and done I was making **** money.

I decided to scale back, let some employees go, take less work on and raise my prices.

Now when Im busy I am making better money with 1 employee than I was when I had 4 - 5 and Im generally home before 4 pm.
 
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