or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › General › General Chat › Do you work with your hands for a living or for fun?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Do you work with your hands for a living or for fun? - Page 2

post #16 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Car repair, small engine repair, and body work. His father was a machinist and so was he until he bought this business ~35 years ago.

Is your dad really doing that well by owning a shop? Not doubting, just genuinely curious. I used to love working on cars, and I still enjoy putting some time into my Jeep, but I never seriously considered it as a career path, mostly because I figured I wouldn't be happy with the money.
post #17 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Is your dad really doing that well by owning a shop? Not doubting, just genuinely curious. I used to love working on cars, and I still enjoy putting some time into my Jeep, but I never seriously considered it as a career path, mostly because I figured I wouldn't be happy with the money.

A lot of shops do poorly. He's honest and does good work, that's why I feel he does so well. It is easy to find thief mechanics. The majority of the big money is from body work, probably 70% of the business.
post #18 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

A lot of shops do poorly. He's honest and does good work, that's why I feel he does so well. It is easy to find thief mechanics. The majority of the big money is from body work, probably 70% of the business.

Gotcha. That makes sense. I suppose it's probably repeat business and references that make him the money. It doesn't surprise me that body work is the way to go in terms of making money - I'd think the profit margins would be pretty big.

I could be honest and do good work. Maybe I missed my calling!
post #19 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Gotcha. That makes sense. I suppose it's probably repeat business and references that make him the money. It doesn't surprise me that body work is the way to go in terms of making money - I'd think the profit margins would be pretty big.
I could be honest and do good work. Maybe I missed my calling!

Body work is also the least fun to do frown.gif
post #20 of 23
Move to Jersey and work with my pops!!! Yeah, a majority of the big profit margins are in body work like you said. A lot of it is insurance work, but there are many certifications and environmental laws that you have to be able to comply with these days to do insurance work. Things such as how you handle the waste and spray booths with filtration systems. If you want the constant flow of body work, which is 95% paid by insurance companies you have some big upfront costs to qualify.

Also he is in good with the municipalities in the area, does all of the work on cop cars, busses and so on. He's practically like the mayor. He's a damn good guy so good things come his way.
post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Gotcha. That makes sense. I suppose it's probably repeat business and references that make him the money. It doesn't surprise me that body work is the way to go in terms of making money - I'd think the profit margins would be pretty big.
I could be honest and do good work. Maybe I missed my calling!

I know a few guys in out industry who make 125- 150K a year pullin wreches on heavy equipment, and thats working for someone else who owns the shop. If you have your own shop you can make 10 times that. The shop I work at does 4 million in sales and repairs per year. Only 7 guys on payroll...satisfied.gif

The owner has it pretty good.
Edited by blue collar - 9/11/12 at 11:40am
post #22 of 23
I work on my own car and motorcycle. I find it very relaxing and enjoyable. In the summer I do small engine repair on lawnmowers and the like to pick up a few extra bucks unbeknownst to the tax man.
post #23 of 23
When I was in the Marines and was single with much more free time and access to a large garage with all the free tools that I could need, I worked on my own Jeeps as well as Jeeps and Trucks of friends - mostly swapping out suspensions, adding "armor" (skid plates, brush guards, heavy duty bumpers...) but also installed lockers and switched out gearing. I didn't get to go off road as often as I liked but it was relaxing just to work on the stuff. These days I have the money to get some very nice equipment but don't have the time to work on things myself (or the free space).

Working with my hands now is limited to changing diapers or yard work and landscaping. I could spend a week trimming trees, pruning shrubs, planting flowers, etc. and never get tired of it.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Chat
Styleforum › Forums › General › General Chat › Do you work with your hands for a living or for fun?