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Vincey

Private Member
Is this month the absolute pits for most folks , am getting the vibe it’s s**t January for most , myself was buzzing till end of last week , then Saturday night the January curse struck me too , guy booked in for this week had text saying jobs not ready , thought no bother pull in a render at a s**t hole I had on standby, got there today no access to water and electric, another guy I know turned upto plaster job last week with materials woman said at the door don’t want it doing just yet , then reading bish bash today am thinking is everyone same
Hate January
And Christmas too lol
 

knblues

Member
I work on sites on price mate and I’m sat at home, phoned all my contacts and they’re all saying everything is a few weeks away from kicking off, spoke to at least half a dozen lads in the same boat.
 

Djr

Well-Known Member
I work on sites on price mate and I’m sat at home, phoned all my contacts and they’re all saying everything is a few weeks away from kicking off, spoke to at least half a dozen lads in the same boat.
That's the norm for us site lads . Every f**k*r will be crying out next week when things get moving again . Got 3 x 4 bedders to dab on the 20th . I'm rendering on day work its wank buts its wages :aburrido:
 

knblues

Member
That's the norm for us site lads . Every f**k*r will be crying out next week when things get moving again . Got 3 x 4 bedders to dab on the 20th . I'm rendering on day work its wank buts its wages :aburrido:
Been offered some dabbing mate but to be honest I’m too slow at it to make a wage and render wise I’ve only done sand and cement or sand and lime, need to get back ASAP as my livers taking a right kicking
 

zombie

Private Member
Most important rule in being self employed is to bank your money and only pay yourself a low wage to live off and leave the rest to build up to carry over slower times.

Takes all the pressure off yourself and the need to work for pricks and poor rates, any tradesman thats not got a minimum of 6 months money away for a rainy day needs to look at themselves and how they operate imo.
 

John j

Mono Don
Most important rule in being self employed is to bank your money and only pay yourself a low wage to live off and leave the rest to build up to carry over slower times.

Takes all the pressure off yourself and the need to work for pricks and poor rates, any tradesman thats not got a minimum of 6 months money away for a rainy day needs to look at themselves and how they operate imo.
Tight c**t get it spent
 

Djr

Well-Known Member
Been offered some dabbing mate but to be honest I’m too slow at it to make a wage and render wise I’ve only done sand and cement or sand and lime, need to get back ASAP as my livers taking a right kicking
I prefer it to skim we make more money and that's on average rates
 

imago

Private Member
Is this month the absolute pits for most folks , am getting the vibe it’s s**t January for most , myself was buzzing till end of last week , then Saturday night the January curse struck me too , guy booked in for this week had text saying jobs not ready , thought no bother pull in a render at a s**t hole I had on standby, got there today no access to water and electric, another guy I know turned upto plaster job last week with materials woman said at the door don’t want it doing just yet , then reading bish bash today am thinking is everyone same
Hate January
And Christmas too lol
Well you can come over to Coventry and put a shift or two in. You won't need your trowel just yet though. (y) ;)
 

JessThePlasterer

Queen Jess Elizabeth I
How're you with putting RSJ's in or stripping roof tiles off? A little digging perhaps? OK, what about smashing fcuk out of some walls?

It's at a vets so you can stroke some puppies too.

Be like coming home! I was a builders labourer first!
 

johniosaif

Private Member
I would of been quiet except for the BTL rip out and refit , doing small jobs in between, lost 2 flats to a cheaper guy , I know 3 spread that are quiet
 

imago

Private Member
It is sh1te when people let you down, but it's not just customers. Trades can be as unreliable. A plasterer has been promising to come over since November and price up a few hundred m2 of board/skim and some rendering. No sign of the fcuker yet though, just excuses.

Anyway, you still keeping busy @Vincey ? ;)

 

johniosaif

Private Member
I do love the 6 months put by for a rainy day ... I’m owed near £4K , I’m always spending on the house , van , tools , a buffer zone I great but not always practical.
 

megamix

Well-Known Member
Is this month the absolute pits for most folks , am getting the vibe it’s s**t January for most , myself was buzzing till end of last week , then Saturday night the January curse struck me too , guy booked in for this week had text saying jobs not ready , thought no bother pull in a render at a s**t hole I had on standby, got there today no access to water and electric, another guy I know turned upto plaster job last week with materials woman said at the door don’t want it doing just yet , then reading bish bash today am thinking is everyone same
Hate January
And Christmas too lol
No I’m turning stuff away . Best January in years for me . It’s how it goes I suppose .
 

malc

TPF Special Forces
if we ever needed work in jan or feb there is always EWI work on council tower blocks. all scaffolded up with a roof and debris netting on the sides you can work through the winter.
if you don't fancy that then jan and early feb is very nice in Tenerife. just laze about for a few weeks .
 

FreeD

Private Member
This time of year if you haven't got money squirrelled away you have to be prepared to work for horrendous rates...plus all the customers who think they can get a deal come out of the woodwork.

Had a look at a couple of full houses...the prices others were charging were literally the same I pay my labourer...I couldn't f**king believe it...sh*t work as well.

Once the bottom feeders get busy that is the time to start making some decent money but it can be a wait and struggle...
 

Vincey

Private Member
It is sh1te when people let you down, but it's not just customers. Trades can be as unreliable. A plasterer has been promising to come over since November and price up a few hundred m2 of board/skim and some rendering. No sign of the fcuker yet though, just excuses.

Anyway, you still keeping busy @Vincey ? ;)

I’ll definitely pop down this week was gonna come Saturday then remembered you guys only work Monday to Friday
 

tapit

Well-Known Member
It's almost always the same this time of year but as soon as the first Daffs make an appearance it will be all hands to the pump again. Don't fret the phone WILL start ringing again soon.
 

Olican

Private Member
I really empathize with anyone who is quiet or gets let down this time of year, I've been there myself. I'm lucky enough that the past few years I haven't had a slack period, if it happens then you need to advertise/network/direct source etc
 
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