Monday, January 23, 2012


Some people make great new home builders while others struggle to get their business off the ground.  

With that in mind, here is my list of 50 reasons you might not be right for the home building business.

  1. The thought of working a 16 – 19 hour day makes you feel violently ill
  2. You sleep in past 10AM most mornings
  3. You don’t know what the word “work” means
  4. You hear the words "Energy Star" and you think someone is talking about Beyonce
  5. When meeting clients for the first time, you wear jeans, a t-shirt and muddy boots
  6. Your hair is a mess, all the time
  7. Your phone manners are terrible (you answer with "hello", and nothing else)
  8. You don’t understand what a "Final Print" is
  9. Your business card is a home-made Microsoft Publisher job
  10. You have never started conversation with a stranger
  11. You are not confident
  12. You are not likeable
  13. You do not manage your personal finances well
  14. Even your Mom doesn’t like your design work
  15. You want to be successful, but your drive is completely lacking
  16. You are not self-motivated
  17. You don’t have a desire to be the most successful person you know
  18. You don’t have a website
  19. Explaining the difference between modular and site built is like speaking a foreign language to you
  20. You think open space is wasted space
  21. The “delete” key on your computer doesn’t work anymore because you have worn it out so badly
  22. You struggle to actually complete a project
  23. You have to give your clients money back because you over promised on your ability
  24. You have Zero business skills and have no idea how to develop them
  25. You really dislike sales and feeling like a sales person
  26. You don’t make your clients sign contracts
  27. You think it’s cool to be flaky and disorganized because that is what "us creative types are like"
  28. You think you are right, and the client is wrong
  29. You think that your prices need to be lower than anyone around so that you can get the business
  30. Your people skills are terrible
  31. You don’t have a plan for your business, you are just floating along
  32. You don’t really understand what marketing is
  33. You haven’t developed a brand for your home building business
  34. You are unable to save money
  35. You don’t have a desire to continue learning all the time
  36. You have never worked more than 40 hours a week in your life
  37. You have never worked for a construction company
  38. Seeing a logo you designed on a billboard or on TV doesn’t give you a rush
  39. You design things that look good but don’t match the customer’s needs whatsoever
  40. You spend most of your time surfing on Facebook and Twitter
  41. You let clients name their price
  42. You’re not a risk taker
  43. You do not manage your time
  44. You are not disciplined in a daily routine
  45. You don’t study your competition
  46. You don’t even know who your competition is
  47. The word "change " makes you cringe
  48. You suck at bookkeeping
  49. You don't follow up with any requests for information
  50. You are guilty of over 20 of the points above

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The only "job" I can think of that is harder than being a builder during the Obama reign is being a restaurant owner. I have several friends that have gone out of that business since 2007 and hard work and long hours were not enough to save them.
As for me, I can relate to two of those things. My hair is always a mess and my Mom hates my house plans telling me that they are too big.