Start and maintaining a business nowadays in a very volatile construction industry can be compared to a salmon swimming up stream. Occasionally there are those pockets of calm waters allowing your company to press forward with minimal effort.
But like every river, there are always those obstacles that can and will bring your progress to a screeching halt. The walls you need to scale at these times may seem insurmountable. But with a little help, your business, like the mighty salmon, eventually make it to their ultimate destination.
The key is not to die like the salmon does when when the journey is completed... What a bummer, eh? All that hard work for what?
Getting over these bumps in the road (or river) require the right help, and that means surrounding yourself with quality sub contractors.
Every great leader surrounds themselves with great help, understanding that every piece is an intricate part of the puzzle that make their business successful. Profitability is the name of the game, and when hiring "Subs", the final decision generally comes down the Almighty Dollar, reputation, and pride in thier work.
A good leader knows that the cheapest price doesn't always "Get the Gig". Partnering with substandard sub contractors of course comes with a price. What little you pay on th front end now may actually cost you more by jobs end.
Let's take a Sewer/Water contractor just awarded a modest six-figure project. As is common, getting a project to keep money flowing though the books and employees working comes at a cost of a small margin, with the hopes that when the ink is dry at jobs end, it is the color black.
The company you choose to truck away your excess spoil and/or bring back your granular backfill is a HUGE factor in whether you make or break a profit. You can pay $3-$5/hr less, but are really making or saving money?
Paying that extra couple bucks for your cartage needs reflects that you get quality dependable equipment, experienced knowledgeable drivers, and consistent productivity, which in turn means more loads moved daily, keeping your project on schedule, and your CFO very happy...
Good companies understand good partners and the value they bring. Make sure you do the same. Do your homework before hand and you can find the same results.