If you’re reading this, it’s true. I finished my biggest build yet– 51 sandwich boards! And let me tell you, it was a lot of work but I loved every second of it. I started working/researching these in late October, and by the time all my materials came (trying to find the best deals/pricing) it was late January. It took me 3 months and 180+ hours to finish them. I really wanted these to look awesome and I think they turned out looking damn fine!
I had a lot of people asking me how they were coming along and if I was getting sick of them. And you know what? Not once did I ever get tired of working on them. Even with the twenty I had to fix because I didn’t think they were good enough or the two that broke when I was completely finished (I had like 30 leaned up against my sander and it was too much weight… toppled over. So stupid), I still didn’t mind it. I’m really proud of the work I put into these and that’s what I kept telling myself when I would see a mistake. Sure, nobody would ever notice them, but I didn’t want to leave any doubt that I did the best work I could and that’s what I did. They are more than just sandwich boards to me. They represent hard work and the willingness to take chances. Yes, that’s deep and could be in someones motivational speech, but it’s the truth. I didn’t really know what I was getting into or how much time and work it would be, but I wasn’t going to learn anything if I didn’t try. ALWAYS TRY.
I know many of you are thinking, 180+ hours, Juddy Judson Builds is now rich as balls, swimming in a grocery bag of toonies. But keep in mind, I could have made the same amount of money working at Burger king. Actually, probably more. Minimum wage is pretty good right now. But I was able to do this by myself, for a business I started. Plus I spent all my money before I even had it.
Let’s break it down to see where my $ went
1. Blue Jays home opener tickets.
2. I bought a trailer for the business. (got a great deal on Kijiji)
3. Trailer hitch. (Not a good deal)
4. Industrial Sander. (Another Kijiji deal)
5. ½ of my wife’s 30th birthday cake. I had to take the bottles back to pay for the rest (Not a joke)
What I learned
If you are friendly, polite and honest with people and work to build a connection with them, they will generally go out of their way and give you a better price. I’d always asked if there was a better price when buying my materials and 95% of the time, there was. By asking someone how their day is going and listening to them, they’ll do what they can to help you (wouldn’t you?). Not only does my theory work for building materials but it also works for internet, oil, cell phone bills and insurance. If you are kind to people, they will be kind to you. Everyone wants to be respected. This implies to every aspect of life.
Overall, I really enjoyed this build. I learned a lot, mostly on the business end which is where I needed the work. My pricing and quoting still needs some fine tuning but the more I do, the more I learn.
Check out the second half of my build process below. My picture captions may make you smile. Smiling is important.
This is safe for an 8 month old to play with, right?
There you have it. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Thanks again for everyone’s support. They did take a lot of time but I certainly learned a lot. I have a list of back orders to get to, so not a lot of down time. A special shout out to Murphy’s Group and Shelley Bruce for reaching out to me to do this build. Locals supporting locals!! My wife was also very, very patient with me during this build. She loves me, I love her!
If you see these around Charlottetown, don’t kick them. Warranty not included…
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