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  • Writer's pictureJoe Doyle 💪

Real tradesmen don’t do the school runs

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

If you’re happy tipping away, then just tip away, but if you want to grow your business you need to be aware of this.

If you’re a self employed Tradesman, you should not be taking your children to school, it’s as simple as that.

It’s something that stuck out in my mind from years ago. I started off in the construction space with my dad when I was a kid. Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holidays, I was always with him. He ran a small crew and I remember he would always have different people with him and there were always lads that could not come to work until they dropped the kid to school or you’d be on site and there would be other contractors working alongside you and they wouldn’t be able to make it to the site until after the school run was done.

And everybody in the construction space knows that it’s an early start as you’re on site for 7:00, or 7:30…… 8:00 is considered a late start in the construction space, and if you’re dropping kids to school, you ain’t getting to site until at least 9:30.

I’d often see lads coming in at 9:30, and then what would they do when it was tea break time at 10:00? They’d stop with all the lads that had been there since 7:30 or 8:00. And then at the end of the day they might spend an extra 15 or 20 minutes, maybe a half an hour on site, but they never manage to get the same amount of work done that the lads who started early got done.

So, if you’re serious about making money and serious about plowing on and making a success of your business, you have to stack the hours and there’s no point in working late every single day just because you’re heading into work after the school run. The sites start early and as you know they finish early, and in most cases, the guys who started late never made up the time.

What happens is, over the course of a job, whether it’s a 6 month job or a 12 month job, or even a 3 month job, the guys who are packing in the hours are moving ahead and making more progress, making more money and they’re pushing forward with their business.

So if you are in a situation where you have to bring your children to school every single day, and you’re serious about growing your business, I can tell you now 100%, that is definitely something that is holding you back.

I made a short YouTube video on this very topic. To check it out, click the link below.

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