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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:38 PM
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We laughed at this before, but now it's true!

With all the work I have, even with a small dusting of snow I will be out over 12 hours.

Not only does this tire me out physically, but mentally as well. I'm at the point I'm going to refuse myself to go out again without help.

I've been out three times now, and each time has messed me up pretty bad. Tomorrow we are expecting 10-25cm of snow compared to the 3-5cm we've been getting.

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No one wants to work for $14/hr. I've even decided to pay hourly that's how desperate I've become! I need two guys alongside me tomorrow, or my brain is going to pop out of my skull. It's so unhealthy to do this crap alone like I've been doing. I literally work until I can't function at all.



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I never have a problem finding helpers even when theyre only working 2-3 hours.

Try craigslist. I use my friends but I had some good responses from ads. Also if you have labor ready like place go there and pick up a few guys.
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Scott,

Would anything help make your life easier, like a snow blower? Or any other tools?

How do you think you are going to handle these things differently next year?
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Scott,

Would anything help make your life easier, like a snow blower? Or any other tools?

How do you think you are going to handle these things differently next year?

A lot of people recommend a snow blower, but it really wouldn't help or speed things up considering a shovel actually does a cleaner job, and I can do steps too.

All I know is I'm pretty screwed. Even if I just had some company it would make the day(s) go better for me. My truck is a mess right now, I've got drinks all over the place and cheese from a burger stuck on my window lol. I love my job, but right now it's the most dreadful thing I have ever experienced.

As for next year, I'm hoping to at least have a solid crew. Or else screw this, I'm going on vacation... lol... it's all about the beautiful money though <3
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You might want to look into a small snow blower. Believe it or not it dose save time and energy.

Example 1st storm I had no snow blower (It was out of service) I did 6 driveways and entrances it took me approx 7 hours work and travel time.

2nd storm I had my snow blower and a assortment of shovels I did the same 6 jobs in 3.5 hours plus I did one extra that flagged me down. $$ $$

It might seem like more to load and unload but it really dose make it easier on your body and faster overall and we all know

TIME is MONEY.

I found that on storm 1 I got slower and slower with each job I did.first job 1/2 hour max last job 1.5 hour min and then I was useless the next day . Storm two I was just as fast on the last job as I was on the first job and I could have done more so I could have made even more money.
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I usually laugh at these guys on these forums that wish they had one of those little pos single stage blowers ,they truly wouldnt work where I live ,but since it appears your doing walkways more than anything ,something like that might work good for you .They clear to the ground fairly well ,and even if they dont save you any real time ,your body will thank you for sure as shovelling heavy snow all day is going to take its toll on your body sooner rather than later .
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I also keep in mind how noisy I can be during the night.

Kind of like last year, it seems I am usually stuck starting at nighttime...

I usually get to that point of exhaustion I wouldn't be able to deal with NOT swearing at the first person to complain. No matter how tired I am, I will always have that hidden strength to throw a damn snow blower at someone... lol
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Also what about the area you are servicing? Would a tighter route help you improve profitability?
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Also what about the area you are servicing? Would a tighter route help you improve profitability?
The route is solid, which is somehow unfortunate lol. I wish there was a way to do this without taking so long!

It takes me an average of 3-5 minutes per walkway. It's almost like using a blower during the summer, it's the 'quick' part of the job.

I'm not losing time driving, or shoveling. I'm losing time by being a one person show.

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are you anywhere near concordia university ? I have a hard working nephew going there ,he might be looking for something to do although he is in switzerland playing hockey for the next week or so .
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