Thursday, October 21, 2004

I know I talk about this a lot but it's difficult for me not to mention anything about something so big in my life.

Work. I started this job with very little knowledge of roofing and crude sense of management developed through many years of volunteering, soccer, and school. I've had, to this day, no formal 'commercial roofing' training and I've attended not one single business class from the commencement of my college career to graduation last April. Basically, if I had to submit my resume, my resume would read: "Past Experience: Absolutely positively none whatsoever." Thankfully I didn't have to do that because my brother and I are the only ones in Michigan who the business knew well enough to trust, especially in times like these. Yes, you read it right, I in fact wrote "times like these". According to our accountant, my mother, this year is one of the top ten worst years for the roofing business in all 25 years of her career. Business is up however material prices are skyrocketing because of nationwide shortages causing customers to go overbudget and business to scramble to keep prices down AND get work. Some are starving for jobs and will so low to get one, they'll do it at cost. That's nearly impossible to compete with when you need profit to make up the jobs you took a loss on. It's insane.

Anyway, all I'm saying is that in nearly 6 months, I've learned so much about not only roofing but business as well. I've gained a few more points on the confidence scale and I'm feeling a little more comfortable where I am now. I don't know everything yet but I finally feel like I'm moving towards some sort of goal. it's a good feeling. It's nice.

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