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A day in the life of a home improvement contractor

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Last week I discussed what a homeowner should look for when hiring a contractor. Today I would like to discuss what an honest contractor has to consider in running his business. When I first started out, I was gung ho like any contractor all full of spit and vinegar. I would put on my polo shirt with my company name proudly displayed. I would make sure the boots were clean and the jeans were wrinkle free. Another day of going out and conquering the world. Well one day I landed the “big one”, I was elated! I just got my foot in the door of a sizable job and all I had to do was close. I mean c’mon I was going to be rich! The job was like 20 grand! (Step out of the way Howard Hughes). Well I scheduled the meeting and promptly showed. I do not think my feet even touched the ground as I walked into the homeowner’s house. I had all my figures on me and was loaded for bear. That is when the clouds started accumulating and the vultures were ready to pick my bones. I had made a presentation that would have made my mom proud. However, reality came in the voice of the homeowner as if it was in slow motion. “I called you here,” he said. “To ask you if you could beat this price”. Wait a minute! I thought. There is another price? He hands the quote to me and my legs go weak. “This isn’t a quote for this job,” I thought to myself. “This is the tab for picking up the dinner