1 – I have the ability to create systems and order to an industry that is flooded with disorder
2 – I can interject myself in the early dream stages of a project and ultimately see the process through to help families achieve very nice things that help improve the quality of their life
3 – I have a schedule that is every changing, while hectic, it is never boring and I get to meet new people and discuss different projects everyday
DB-RemdCA1157 667 days ago
Great question! For me it's:
1) The opportunity to serve a lot of people. Not just clients but within the industry: sharing best practices and challenging others to raise the bar professionally.
2) The opportunity to change (for good) the reputation of our industry, at least in my geographical area.
3) The variety of projects. I'd go crazy doing the same thing over and over. Every project is different, every client is different and there's never a dull moment in that regard.
4) The challenge of making it work like Diane said. There are so many ways to screw it up and and very few to make it successful.
5) Maybe the biggest and it's woven throughout the other 4 but PEOPLE. And I know there's people in every industry...but I think remodelers are salt-of-the-earth good hearted people that I like to be around.
DB-RemdWI1466 667 days ago
Nearly every day I get to the office, I am reminded of why I do what I do. My grandfather started our business in 1972. His sons bought in to the business in 1986 and I was fortunate enough to work with and eventually buy the business from my father. What they built in terms of a great company with a great reputation and so much client good-will, this is something I'm honored to carry on and build on.
I couldn't ask for a better opportunity.
RemodMN2174 667 days ago
I would tend to agree with Michael. Why are we here? If you can not love every part of doing this type of business, maybe like he said, should you be here? Our industry does need anchor companies that will transform the business side of remodeling for our children as they take over the next generation. Yes there is the thrill of the design, the passion to create and then deliver an outstanding remodel or renovation, but that is maybe just a 1/4 of what we need to be doing. Business basics, marketing and PR, industry image clean up, and then building a brand for your team who you will pass the company onto, those are the most important parts of the business. Frankly, I do love them all, I love the energy it creates and the satisfaction at the end of each day tells me I am right where God wants me.
President and CEO, New Creations
DB-RemdPA1141 667 days ago
I've always been a creative person. Building a business is a very creative endeavor.
I have a BFA. Many years ago I ran my own art and furniture restoration company. After that I had a residential painting company. I always liked being self employed. I have been self employed sine 1984 I think. I really like having employees.
In the past many years I have had to learn to run a real business, one with a future of its own, worth passing on. This is a very different pursuit from running a company that generates paychecks.
This business challenges me to grow as a person. I like the challenges. I like the successes. I learn from the failures.
I like my team. We all like improving our customer's lives through their homes. We like improving the neighborhoods we get to work in, preserving and enhancing older homes.
I meet many wonderful talented people every day in this business. I try to remember to thank them often because so few of them every hear a thank you.
This business and the skills I have learned in it have allowed me a nice quality of life with bright prospects for the future.
Myers Constructs Inc.
DB-RemdMN1220 667 days ago
Why are we here? Why this business? Why business? These are excellent questions! I'm guessing far too many remodelors are in this business without knowing. I see quite a few folks who love the trade, the craft, the process of creating and transforming, and keeping their hands in honest work. Those same folks bristle at many business fundamentals. They hate the business side of the business. The issues and questions that this industry struggles with are business basics.
So I think this is a very timely questions.
Why are you here?
Should you be here?
How do those answers change your approach and direction?