Being in a northern part of the country we do most of our work in 9 months of the year.
I am not a workaholic I just have too much to do!
Over the course of a year I average 40 hours a week.
It used to be that half of them were on the roof and the rest was running the business.
I am down to about 2 hours a month on the roof and most of that is roof inspections. Half of my time nowadays is in the office. Of the other half most involves sales.
I have had 10 weeks of vacation time this year.
My wife makes sure that we get away a lot because it is the only way I quit working. I finally have a good office person and a good repairman/super that I can leave in charge and don’t have to worry about things.
I’m a workaholic, I learned it from my Dad. I’ll never keep up with him though. I’ve learned that I don’t want to, he taught me better. We are running business better, the guys are happier and putting down great work. I’m (very)slowly making my exit from the rooftop operations and working more on sales. I’ve talked him in to slowing down a bit too, but at 62, he is definitely feeling the pain.
I still work 50+ hours a week if you count all the time I put online in the evenings, maybe more. This year I’ve only been on the roof an average of 6-12 hours per week, depending on what type of project. Last year I was at least 20+ hours on the roof, and 30+ doing sales & business.
Decreasing stress levels is my main goal. My Dad had a heart attack at 39 and now I’m approaching that age, I’m 32 now. Wow time flies.
The weather has allowed us to get a bunch of repair work done in the last couple of months but we got over 3″ of snow yesterday that will be around for the week and not much will get done this week.
I never used to like winters because I was always broke and had to work in really nasty weather.
Now I wish winter would last longer because I get a lot of free time to entertain myself, and if there’s one thing I’m good at it’s entertaining myself.
I expect to be back at full steam in a few weeks so I’m enjoying the last of the slow time.
I know the crew is ready because they’re where I used to be in winter. Broke.