Burnout / coping with burnout

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  1. boarcity

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    overloaded with work? behind with the round? have you ever felt like its getting too much ?

    id think it has happened to nearly every window cleaner at some time . burned out physically and sick of it is a real risk in this job.
    so what did YOU do at this point? i know that a lot of windies quit at this time,go on to do a different job,then later regret the decision .

    [ I was at the burnout point about 4 yrs ago,my family advised me to downsize my round and carry on . but my instinct told me not to do that ,so i then took on a helper ,part timer and this worked for me . iv never felt burned out since]
     
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  2. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    I am currently overloaded with work. I have way too many customers and seem to fall further and further behind. I have had quite a few phone calls/comments asking where I am. I have to work most saturdays to keep things moving.....so its a constant 6 days a week, weather permitting. I still take on new customers if they are neighbours or on the same street as this makes sense...condensing your round etc. Trouble is, I havent got round to ditching any of the more awkward properties or those out of the way. I know it would make sense to take someone on, but I really do like working by myself....not that I am anti social.....its just nice and uncomplicated. So the plan is to select about 30 or 40 properties to ditch and therefore ease the load and claim a few saturdays back.
     
  3. It's better to burnout than fade away!
    I'm knackered. Not had a full week off since Christmas 2012. My wife wonders why I'm grumpy.
     
  4. daveyboy

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    There can be only one..lol
     
  5. Smurf

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    Stress manifests itself in many different ways. It's not all about earning loads of dosh and working all hours godsend but rather managing a good balance so you can spend quality time with your loved ones too.

    I've seen so many couples split up due to what I call the workaholic mentality.
     
  6. SPCleaning

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    I'm in a similar boat.
    I still take on 'nice' jobs, very well paying ones etc. My website states that we are only adding new clients to a waiting list to try to stop some of the calls. I'm always behind and working 6 days a week. Getting the 'where are you' calls and emails. If I take an afternoon off with the kids I feel guilty that I'm not out there getting on with it. This month I have lost almost a week due to a fault on the van. Then lost a few more days due to my controller going wrong. Pushing me further behind.

    So I'm not over happy atm.
     
  7. TolishAPurd

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    I've just come out of the busiest phase I had since starting. Back to normality of being booked up 1-2 weeks ahead which is where I like to be. Don't knock the prosperous times fellas, they'll look after you when the days get gloomy.
     
  8. SPCleaning

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    #8 SPCleaning, Aug 19, 2014
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    Dropping jobs isn't easy either. People know people. If they are related in some way, so you can offend people and get a bad reputation.

    I have dropped whole villages and still had other people ring to check if they were being dropped and the lived 30 miles away.
     
  9. norm

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    sold some of my round that i couldnt do on my own and went solo as my head was away with it
     
  10. boarcity

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    try to think ahead lads , dont just keep running on the treadmill .

    i plan breaks from it every now and again, by putting money to one side ,a little and often ,soon mounts up.
     
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