Do you find having sub contractors more cost efficient or is it all determined by business flow at that moment?One right after the other as the weather allows when we got 'em. Often times we will have 2 or 3 going at once if we got 'em. That's the beauty of having sub crews on stand by, when you have work they work for you and when you don't they work for someone else and my customers never wait too long to get their job done so I don't lose sales for scheduling reasons.
Tinner how do you have several going at once if you are a one man operation?
Dry-Erase board. I haven't found anything better. There are a few ways of setting it up too.What have you found to be the best way to organize simultaneous jobs?
MY production manager would inspect each and ever job for completion. Infact the job would not get invoiced until he has approved it. I have form documents I developed of key specific areas to inspect. Each form has to be completed and has a 1, 2, 3 rating system by each line item. 1 is fail, 2 is do better next time and 3 is pass. Any 1's and someone has to come back, too many 2's and someone has to come back, but a couple 2's are ok. If any 2's we have to have a conversation with the installation crew.the biggest concern that i have with the way we do things is that we are so quick to jump on the next one that little things get left out on the last job. As most of you know tying up these loose ends can be more of a pain than actually doing the job. We have a guy here that also doubles as our saftey officer that goes around to each job that is supposedly "finished" and picks it apart with new eyes and gives it a pre-final so to speak since most of our work is consultant based. he takes great pride in finishing up the small things so we pass final the first time and dont have to pay $500.00 for a post final. He also looks after our shingle subs. makes sure they set up properly with tarps and safety etc and when we have a project going he is there multiple times a day giving snap inspections on their work. This works well for us. in our spreadsheet we have a percentage added for callbacks and supervision that pretty much pays his wage.