Not sure if anyone occasionally watches the Skill Builder channel on you tube. James (a builder often featured there) has just had to fold his Ltd Company and take up employment.
This is the thought that re-prompted my initial thoughts about potentially looking at another career path. There seems to be so much you have to deal with a small example being answer the phone to a potential client, running through the options over the phone, sending over an estimate which you would probably spend 30 minutes/1 hour on to be sure it's accurate. Arrange and time and date to measure up, going to their home measuring up and drawing up the design, putting together a quote to go with the design. Submit the quote and design to wait and see if it's a yes or a maybe or to be told they like the drawing and someone has quoted less?
It just seems to off putting when you break down the amount of work needed given the return, whilst a plumber or sparky can charge what they like or pretty similar if not more than us on day rate and it isn't questioned and there's no overheads or very little overheads.....
I was gutted to watch that video and see James has folded his company for an easier life. His perspective, knowledge and overall performance on some of the jobs SkillBuilder has filmed looks to be a very high standard. Honest, hard working and taking on large jobs and seeing them through-out and still not being able to walk away with a profit. It really begs to answer the question. Is it really worth it?