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Old 03-30-2012, 09:12 PM   #16
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Of course if I learned my crews were getting lavish tips, I screwed them out of Easter and Christmas bonuses.
So basically your saying that if the customers take care of my employees I don't have to.
I fail to see how one has any thing to do with the other.



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But I made friends and get invited to dinner enough I do not care.
You may not have made those friends if not for the work your employees do.........

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Old 03-31-2012, 06:19 AM   #17
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I had one Client (Home Owner) that was so thrilled about the work my painting foreman did (Last step to finish up his full house gut/remodel project), that he gave him a flat screen TV.

I told him (my painting foreman) that he's not allowed to accept tips, and to bring the TV by my house the next day....



(Of course I told him I was just kidding and congratulated him too, on a job well-done).
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:28 AM   #18
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Funny how the painters always get the glory. My friend goes in and paints after her husband does all the remodeling and the customers always gush all over her great job.

In my industry, I get hugs and handshakes, and offers of a drink all the time, but I'm the one who shows up with a closing gift
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A customary tip for quality work done, such as enough to buy lunch for the crew, I feel is appropriate. Especially if the work goes above and beyond expectations.
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If home owners "want to" tip, there are also other options; Some will offer to pick-up, or, order the delivery of lunch (on them). Other times home owners, at the end of a job will give out gift cards to donut shops, or restaurants ($20).
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:24 PM   #21
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I tipped the crew that did my roof last summer a couple hundred for the quality work (and cleanup) they did.
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Monetary tips are rare, but many times I have had them buy or fix lunch, or want me to stay and eat an evening meal with them. I have had rural customers offer to let me hunt and fish on their land. I have been offered a beer many times but always decline. I just don't think it is good business.
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I have been offered a beer many times but always decline. I just don't think it is good business.

Same here.

However, my decision to decline is generally because I have too much to do on my average work day (my workdays run from 5/6 am to 7/8 pm M-F + skipping lunches). Throwing a beer or 2 into that schedule really throws everything out of whack.

....work//business always comes before pleasure - in my book (I have workers and Clients counting on me).
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Over the years, I've gotten tips, a few times - (into the hundreds of dollars)
Of course I was thankful.
Bonuses, free vehicles, etc...

The best "tip" I got was a "get out of the hospital, free card".
(In case I got injured)
It was from the owner of the company I was working for - I was a sub-contractor.
(Thanks Hank!)

What's as good as that? - happy customers!! - therefore:
Referrals!!!!

Mostly, we just wanted to get PAID!!!

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i totally agree with that last statement.. a small cash gesture doesnt keep projects which equals more money like referrals do.

if a client continues to refer me. any additional work i do for that customer tends to get a discount
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As a homeowner who has used contractors....

I almost allways provide that cup of coffee in the morning. I leave plenty of water for the guys during the day.

If the works is as 'expected'....no tip. If the job is outstanding...I tip the individual(s) that I feel were responsible for the outstanding job.

With that said....I have a guy I use for concrete...stucco....what ever. Some might call him a "day worker"....yea, the first contractor I ever used hired him off the corner....but since then I've used him numerous times. We like and trust him...enough so that when my 2-story addition is done...we are inviting him and his wife to the house warming....

I'll be using him for the stucco....chances are I'll be giving him a tip when it's done. The guy I use for roofing....does good work...but no tip.
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So basically your saying that if the customers take care of my employees I don't have to.
I fail to see how one has any thing to do with the other.



You may not have made those friends if not for the work your employees do.........
Missed the cynical humor in my post bubba. I ordered nice chocolate bunnies to crews that worked for me decades ago today. I hear from their kids that know me paying their parents more than anybody else did and for nice medical insurance made grad school possible. I launched many into business.

We all have aged. But if I had to build a stellar team and pay for air tickets (or cash in millions of bonus miles). My old crews would be near me fast as planes can fly. Pre-Geezers, even if bi-lingual, can only do so much. It is time to turn it all over to the younguns.

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My crews and I got tips at times but what always made us feel good is we made new friends of our clients, very few exceptions. As for my main crew, I took good care of them and they did the same for me, I could hand my two lead men a set of plans and walk away knowing it would be done right. If my men were sick or laid up, I paid them just like they were on the job, I knew they didn't play off sick.

I had three big jobs decide to wait all at the same time for a while and I had already turned work down so we could do these jobs, I paid my men, so I wouldn't lose them, to come to the shop and just goof off and ride the fourwheelers and dune buggy down in the bottoms and fool around on their cars or what ever they wanted to do because they were just that good and a couple of them had been with me for 22 years.

I guess I hi jacked the thread, like it has already been said, if they do a great job, and you feel like it, do give them a tip but I don't know of a tradesman that expects it.
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I guess I hi jacked the thread, like it has already been said, if they do a great job, and you feel like it, do give them a tip but I don't know of a tradesman that expects it.
I spot no hijack attempt.

I was trying to say the same thing. On major renovation projects you run the risk of becoming family if the client is trying to live in the space at the same time. You almost have to move in. Home or business owners get to know your crew too. And I know some tipped my workers well.

"They think you are paying us minimum wage Gringo! And you do provide us decent health insurance! I think we need to spend our tips on Cervaza!"

And OP, if you tipped my crew? They would have told me and bought me a chocalate Easter bunny. My mostly guys but some amazing girls doing carpentry came when I needed them and like you? That loyalty exists to this day even though many live far from me.

I've found a project I may take on. Doing so borders on insanity here in Chicago. It is an old historic thing badly neglected at the moment. I honestly do not know if I can fix the place. I know I cannot do the physical work anymore but it is available for a song. I can bark at people.

A combination structural engineer/architect is walking through the place early next week. With kids gone off to grad school now, former crew members think they might be willing to help me. When they get their chocalate easter bunnies the loyalty will be solidified. In two languages. Imagine bi-lingual tradespeople crawling around a Chicago restoration.

I will use local talent too. I have found a Sparky willing to overcharge and milk my wallet. At least in City limits, this is still conduit mandated territory.

Painting was my own thing and I always thought of what I did, nicely, as putting frosting on a cake. I was trained by some great guys but grew, as they hoped, to be better than them. I've only trusted one other to seal/prime/underlay trim for painting. Chantelle was the only person I have met so far that I would hand a sash brush and nice paint to help me with trim work. She was happily coupled with a nice guy but I bet took tips at times. I would still pay to see her on a ladder. Of course I sent her a chocolate Easter Bunny.

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Missed the cynical humor in my post bubba. I ordered nice chocolate bunnies to crews that worked for me decades ago today. I hear from their kids that know me paying their parents more than anybody else did and for nice medical insurance made grad school possible. I launched many into business.

We all have aged. But if I had to build a stellar team and pay for air tickets (or cash in millions of bonus miles). My old crews would be near me fast as planes can fly. Pre-Geezers, even if bi-lingual, can only do so much. It is time to turn it all over to the younguns.
I certainly did!

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