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What increase in your own renumeration would you reasonably expect for this expansion?

  Stuart

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4 hours ago, donnk said:

dont take too much notice of the moaners, go for it. Run as many teams as you can manage. The more you have the more you can make.

IMO this is quite shortsighted. A good reputation walks in very slowly, but can easily leave on horseback. If you send out poor guys, who do sloppy work, you can soon find the good reputation that's built on YOU, is trashed. 

 

 Each business is different, I've been trading for over 25 years, spend nothing on advertising and have more work than I can do. Often my clients don't get other prices, I've been recommended and they want ME to do the work. Sending lads to do the work would just not work for me.

 

 

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I think what people are trying to tell you about the chipper is that it increases productivity and thus the hourly rate. The more efficient the site is the more work you can get cleared and the less lads that you have. Snedding is a ball ache and takes time, you end up with an extra lad. We’ve got an 8inch Jensen and it runs absolute laps around a 150 of which it’s work alongside. You get leylandii to the rollers and it’s gone, thorn and fruit wood no problem. Saves us heaps of time and is still what I would consider a small chipper. I’ve used 150’s quite a lot and I can assure you that a bigger and better chipper is worth it. Even for reductions with 2 blokes

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As far as another team goes, get them out a few days if the week with a subbie, build from there. Never back off your prices , you’d till want to be getting at least £900 a day for 3 blokes. Build it up, it sounds like you’ve got the perfect set up with a brother and a good mate that you can trust, I assure you that that will be all the stress dealt with

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17 minutes ago, skyhuck said:

Each business is different, I've been trading for over 25 years, spend nothing on advertising and have more work than I can do...

On a bad day when two climbers call in sick, leaving me with loads of groundies or you turn up on site to find the team on a crane job without any sharp saws.. I think I would have preferred to take the small efficient route.  

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11 minutes ago, benedmonds said:

On a bad day when two climbers call in sick, leaving me with loads of groundies or you turn up on site to find the team on a crane job without any sharp saws.. I think I would have preferred to take the small efficient route.  

Your not selling it 🤣

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1 minute ago, benedmonds said:

On a bad day when two climbers call in sick, leaving me with loads of groundies or you turn up on site to find the team on a crane job without any sharp saws.. I think I would have preferred to take the small efficient route.  

If running a business was easy every one would do it. There are no right or wrong answer, we all do what we think is best in our own personal situation.

There are days when I wish I had lads doing the work, I could send them on their way and go back in the house and watch homes under the hammer.

 But the reality is I'm a climber, its what I do, its a large part of my identity. I get immense satisfaction from doing tough, difficult trees. And I'm blessed that at the age or 51 my body is holding up really well. In fact I feel better when I'm working, that when I take time off and sit about. My intension is to climb until I can't climb no more. Fortunately as I get older I won't need as much income. I've raised 4 children on the the money my climbing has brought in, my wife has always kept house, while I worked. Kind of old fashioned I know. As they grow up and leave the nest, I can work a little less, ride my bike a little more and fight ageing with every ounce of my being.

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i’m with skyhuck on this one. there’s 3 of us but i also run two tractors, two diggers, a mog and a 16 inch chipper. we either go out as a 3 man team or on smaller days the guys go out as a two man team and i go subbing with one of the machines or do my consultancy work. we work onsite 4 days a week and keep fridays for a bit of stump grinding or jobs around the yard etc. we’ve got 80ks worth of work ahead of us

 

on the other hand my mate runs a company in the same area as me, 3 teams, a manager and two office girls. does he make much more money than me? probably not, but he’s certainly a lot more stressed 

 

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4 minutes ago, Mike Hill said:

Pictures of the office girl please.

Girls, surely? 😁 

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