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Hello fellow electriciansROTFWL, How are we all doing? Are your phones ringing? Are we working? Things seem to have picked up? Comments please. Many thanks Tim Moore Electrical Pray

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I seem to be always busy but cashflow seems worse than normal have had to put of paying my main wholesaler and vat for a few weeks has not happened for a long time.

Batty

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D Brennan

its up & down all the time, at the moment i have nothing on, but in a few week i should be busy again... just about keeping my head above water

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I have been busy all year, working saturdays as well, not as much money as in previous years but very pleased so far.

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Doing ok at the moment. Customers are taking longer to pay up though, so I've lowered my "payment due by" time on invoices.

Customers are also learning the art of haggling so I found today (a rough quote of a letter I had through the door, my missus was so gobsmacked she rang & read it to me)

"Thank you for your quote ref ***. We are willing & would very much like to use your services to undertake the quoted electrical works, but we do have some concerns over your labour rate/charge for said works.

If you are willing to renegosiate the labour cost to a more favourable level, we will have no hesitation in agreeing to you undertaking the work.

Many thatns

Mr & Mrs ********"

X(ROTFWL

I wouldn't mind but it's only to add 1x socket + 1x fused spur supplying outside above door a bulkhead light all extended off ringmain. length of cable run is all of 5-6mtrs to be enclosed in conduit all work in the kitchen/utillity room, tested & certed & notified.

Labour

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Doing ok at the moment. Customers are taking longer to pay up though, so I've lowered my "payment due by" time on invoices.

Customers are also learning the art of haggling so I found today (a rough quote of a letter I had through the door, my missus was so gobsmacked she rang & read it to me)

"Thank you for your quote ref ***. We are willing & would very much like to use your services to undertake the quoted electrical works, but we do have some concerns over your labour rate/charge for said works.

If you are willing to renegosiate the labour cost to a more favourable level, we will have no hesitation in agreeing to you undertaking the work.

Many thatns

Mr & Mrs ********"

X(ROTFWL

I wouldn't mind but it's only to add 1x socket + 1x fused spur supplying outside above door a bulkhead light all extended off ringmain. length of cable run is all of 5-6mtrs to be enclosed in conduit all work in the kitchen/utillity room, tested & certed & notified.

Labour

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I work for a firm which does a lot of council work, so work is steady there. As for my own work, for the past 6weeks iv had work every weekend and a few night in the week, but the past week I've had nothing, and nothing is coming up, which isn't fun when I've got to pay 700quid to get my van fixed.

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Revved Up Sparky

Absolutely hectic !

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Jono Pashley

working two jobs at the same time currently although it will probably go dead again afterwards

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Evans Electric

I started a thread on this subject a couple of months ago, I had little work then, have been non-stop for the last 8 weeks !! I think I invoiced zero for March !!

I think in the last thread McGaw was the busyist sparks in the world , looks like nothing has changed.

The phone is not ringing much , its just a lot of jobs all needing to be done at the same time. I don't need it to ring at the moment, too much going on.

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Andy™
McGaw, may have taken on too much,

could always give some of it away..... dont forget travel expenses though!

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Evans Electric

Well Mc I think we have all been guilty of that.

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Evans Electric
could always give some of it away..... dont forget travel expenses though!

A Scotsman giving something away, are you kidding !! And to a Sassonach !!!

(How do they spell that? ) You'll be saying they have a good soccer team next.

Woops perhaps I'd better sign off before Mcgaw reads it. ;\

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A Scotsman giving something away, are you kidding !! And to a Sassonach !!!

(How do they spell that? ) You'll be saying they have a good soccer team next.

Woops perhaps I'd better sign off before Mcgaw reads it. ;\

:^O:^O:^O:^O:^O:^O

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extension15

I've actually ceased trading...:o

Not enough work and too many sparky's in the area, however I have my regulars who still come back to me and pay cash.

Whether I return to self employment pit is unlikely, I currently have an employer, who provides me with a van/fuel card/mobile...Thanks M8

:)

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I've actually ceased trading...:o

Not enough work and too many sparky's in the area, however I have my regulars who still come back to me and pay cash.

Whether I return to self employment pit is unlikely, I currently have an employer, who provides me with a van/fuel card/mobile...Thanks M8

:)

I sometimes wonder if its worth being self employed. Since the part p came in the paperwork has got ridiculous. Trouble is do you put your prices up to cover the time spent and then become to expensive or keep prices down to keep busy. Money has been really tight this month and until I finish the big job that I have been doing I will not get any more money. Hopefully going to finish it Tuesday. Anyone who says being self employed is a great thing must be doing it better than me.

Batty

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extension15
I sometimes wonder if its worth being self employed. Since the part p came in the paperwork has got ridiculous. Trouble is do you put your prices up to cover the time spent and then become to expensive or keep prices down to keep busy. Money has been really tight this month and until I finish the big job that I have been doing I will not get any more money. Hopefully going to finish it Tuesday. Anyone who says being self employed is a great thing must be doing it better than me.

Batty

Like in any business, there are winners and losers and many more stuck in the middle, just making ends meet.

At least self employment does offer independence and freedom to choose work (especially if you are overloaded)..

:|

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Evans Electric
I sometimes wonder if its worth being self employed. Since the part p came in the paperwork has got ridiculous. Trouble is do you put your prices up to cover the time spent and then become to expensive or keep prices down to keep busy. Money has been really tight this month and until I finish the big job that I have been doing I will not get any more money. Hopefully going to finish it Tuesday. Anyone who says being self employed is a great thing must be doing it better than me.

Batty

Have to agree with you there Batts , although there is a lot to said for being your own boss. The way the trade is going paperwork will only increase.

When things are going well you can't beat being self employed, and under normal financial conditions your earnings must be better than earning profits for someone else to sail off into the sunset with.

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green-hornet

Last year I was so busy I turned down a load of work or gave it away to other sparkies.

Then this year started very slowly and I decided never to refuse any work.

Now I am so busy its hectic, and some are to strict deadlines.

I am working all weekend to finish a school rewire, I have to hand over on tuesday!!

After that I have a social hall, a factory, a confirmed domestic and an Hotel refurb.

Thats besides the quotes I have put in to various places, and the various faults I do on call out etc.

So for me its busy busy busy.

Paperwork and all that I am completely rubbish at, so I leave that to some one else.

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Evans Electric

Well thats 12 of us who are busy and 1 who has gone to work for someone else.

Anymore posts to give an idea of how things are going across the country ??

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Busy enough for me although i always want more, and it seems to be getting busier, trouble is everyone wants it done that day and doesn't want to pay for a decent job.

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Evans Electric

Oh right, I thought that only happened to me !!!

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I'm not particularly busy, keeping my head above water - just but seem to have way too many days with nothing on. Hoping to get a couple of decent commercial jobs in soon but I seem to be losing out on a lot of domestic work at the mo.

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