Work, Rest or Play?

I've found after 17 years in this business that us painters tend to work longer hours than a lot of other trades. One reason could be that our average wage is less than the other trades so therefore we work longer to compensate for the difference in pay. Another reason is that, especially on site work, the timescale to finish the job has been reduced because of the trades before our own running late. That in turn leads to us having to shoehorn all the work into a smaller schedule and obviousl...

Summer notes

StartFragmentIt's been a busy last couple of months, personally and professionally. On the work side I have worked non stop. For the company I've sub contracted to for the majority of the year and on a few private jobs on weekends. I think this site I've been on this year is the longest I've stayed on one site ever. Practical completion happened back in April but the level of snagging the client is going to borders on the ridiculous! Hopefully the end is in sight and a new site beckons me. Th...

Site vs Domestic, why the conflict?

Following on from a comment made on a painter forum I use, I thought I would write down my comments and thoughts on my blog. It's played on my mind for a week or so now but I've only had the time to write it down now.The post made was, at first, a gripe about site painters and how rough they are. Basically generalising a whole raft of decorators on the basis some are toshers. I'll stop here for a second and go a bit more in depth on what I mean. Site painters, in the eyes of most deccies, are...

Quick update

The past month has been mega busy on site so haven't had the time to blog, same goes with my spanish studies! I suppose it's always better to be busy than nothing at all so I can't complain too much. Looks like I could be where I am for a few months yet, hopefully with the flexibility to fit in a couple of jobs as well. Since I started up my own business this January, I haven't looked back. The first four months of the year have been hectic and I am enjoying the fruits of my hard work. Feels ...

Eternal Winter

StartFragmentAs I've had a day off today due to the snow, thought I'd update the blog. Being self employed days like this are not profitable to me. Basically I don't work I don't get paid. No sick pay for me. I did actually make it to work, however where I have to park was too slippy and as I almost crashed three times on route decided to cut my losses and stay at home.It seems like this winter has been going on for ages, normally we can do some exterior work at this time of year but not this...

Last Minute Letdowns

Sometimes in work, things will happen that you just have no control over. Like jobs getting put back because of adverse weather conditions, part of a building collapsing, the work programme falling behind or just not enough money to continue. In recent years I've seen that happen a few too many times. Also you get times when a client will pull out of a job just before starting. This happened to us this week. Four hours before in fact. When this happens it can have a severe knock on effect. Yo...