I reached out to your consulting organization (CPR) about a month ago when I was at my wits end with my construction business. It was very late one night when I stumbled upon your website looking for some practical training aids, seminars, education, or anything to help me. I think it was about 11:30pm CST that night that I left a message on your voicemail. Your wife left me a message the next day, and of course you called me back in a timely fashion.
When you called I must admit that I felt very ashamed of where my business was at that point in time. I felt so embarrassed that I had been working so hard for almost nothing. To my chagrin, I must admit that I didn't call you back because I was very distraught and stressed out over the prospect of losing my business.
Since then I have purchased and ravenously read through your book "Mark Up and Profit." I cannot tell you how much you have helped me personally and with the business. The principles, math, and practical application of the material in your book are great. I cannot wait to put all these things into action as I move forward with my business.
Currently my business partner and I are on a hiatus from doing work. We got ourselves into debt (about $38K) this past year through some bad choices, big expenses, losing money on jobs, and not working within a budget. My business partner is getting a workman's comp settlement any time now, and he is willing to pay off our debt and invest some money into the business. I told him point blank, "That's all well and good, but I'm not going to continue doing business the way we have been. I would rather sit home and do nothing than do another job and lose money on it."
I honestly believe that this time off of work has been a God send, and has helped me rethink the way I want to run my business. I have spent a lot of time in thought and prayer putting together a business plan, budget, overhead projections, sales numbers, S.O.P's for employees and subcontractors, etc. etc. I think that you are so right when you said, "You are either a businessman or a mechanic. You can't be both."
Contracting and construction is in my blood. I started roofing and framing houses with my neighbor who was a general contractor when I was 13 yrs old. I love this business. I love the customers. I love making a difference in people's lives, and leaving them with a better place then when I found it. I truly believe that the things I have learned and continue to learn will help me to be successful in the future.
Thank you! and God Bless you!