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Topic Title: Prospects for this year.
Topic Summary: What do you think?
Created On: 10 January 2013 06:59 PM
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 10 January 2013 06:59 PM
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mikejumper

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Would be interested to hear what you think about how business will be this year.
Better, worse or the same?
 10 January 2013 09:32 PM
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leckie

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Probably depends on what you do, what you can do and what your prepared to do. The economy is shot but when you look around you, cars are still zooming around, people are still ringing up about ppi and there's always stuff for sale. So the world doesn't stop, young people still have the ambition to strive upward and onward because that is the human condition. In amongst all that activity there are winners and losers. But the winners and loser change depending on what they are doing. One certainty is that nothing stays
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 11 January 2013 07:56 AM
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Pacific

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Originally posted by: leckie

Probably depends on what you do, what you can do and what your prepared to do. The economy is shot but when you look around you, cars are still zooming around, people are still ringing up about ppi and there's always stuff for sale. So the world doesn't stop, young people still have the ambition to strive upward and onward because that is the human condition. In amongst all that activity there are winners and losers. But the winners and loser change depending on what they are doing. One certainty is that nothing stays

the same.


Eloquently put, my year has started with a busy period as opposed to 2012 which was very quiet and saw me applying for a few jobs
 11 January 2013 09:09 PM
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At the moment 2013 looks much like 2012 did for us, not sure what the se cond half of the year will bring as farmers struggle with the wet ground and rotten seed but time will tell.

On the plus side everyone needs to eat and more importantly Barley makes


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 11 January 2013 09:58 PM
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There are many and various markets for electricians, and several different methods of employment. If you have been wiring new houses and the work dries up, you need to do something else. So if you know how to wire a house you should able to move into the homeowner, small jobs market? Not if you leave a mess and insist on starting at 8 and leaving at 4.30. It's someone's home , not a building site.

If you have been fitting out new sheds (warehouse units) and you have no work and think you can wire functional distribution centres, maybe you can't. There is an operational business that needs to continue operating regardless of the extra lights your fitting. You think it will take one day but because the aisles aren't clear it takes you two days.

If you work on farms things may not be a lot different. This is a specialist area and you may just keep a steady stream of work.

If you maintain machines, do panel wiring, etc, this a specialist area but if industry dips there may be less work as the machines are running less hours.

If you can do all or most of the above in a professional manner you will probably keep busy and have a healthy business.

As I said, I think it's about what you do, what you can do and what your prepared to do.
 11 January 2013 10:10 PM
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Leckie,

I couldn't agree more with your last post.



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 11 January 2013 10:30 PM
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Whatever you do, you have to keep going. The work is always there, its a question of adaption and flexibility, just as Leckie says.

When I left a very good engineering job with about the best opportunity for advancement possible for personal reasons I did something else to keep going and actually had a great time. Still missed the engineering life and eventually got back into it.

Now, I maybe doing something else again, who knows.

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 14 January 2013 08:47 PM
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GJH

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2013 has started much better than 2012 for me. After having struggled for the first 2 months of last year and after being let down by a couple of companies i subbied to i decided to start marketing my business properly. Networking, Advertising,going the extra mile with my customers.

I am beginning to see the rewards for my efforts. I am booked up until the end of Feb and seriously need to take on an apprentice and another spark to help me out. I have just started to rent a unit and have taken a very positive view on everything where before event the little problems were getting me down. THIS IS A MASSIVE FACTOR!

All of this and i have significantly increased my prices and no one has yet moaned about them.

If you are professional and hard working there is loads of work out there and no one will do it for you. You have to get up and create the opportunities for yourself and stick to your guns!!! Good luck!
 14 January 2013 09:09 PM
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Good to hear you are prospering gjh.

Keep up the good work. And make sure anybody that you employ does the same. When you first employ people it seems so easy. Then you find out that they do not necessarily have the same commitment as you. To effort or quality. I'm sure you have that on you radar.
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