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Wendell
(@wendell)
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As I sit here trying to use every last cent of value from my $8 Southwest Airlines internet service, I find myself wondering how all of you are doing. How's business? Are you slammed with work or just the opposite? Or perhaps somewhere in the middle?

I'm no longer surveying, but my web design and maintenance business is going full steam lately. In fact, business picked up while on the vacation I'm currently returning from. Go figure.

But every surveyor I've talked to in recent months has said they are swamped. What about you?

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Topic starter Posted : November 11, 2021 3:33 pm
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RADAR
(@dougie)
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Posted by: @wendell

every surveyor I've talked to in recent months has said they are swamped

Did you talk to me? I can't remember, I'm so busy!

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Posted : November 11, 2021 3:41 pm
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Williwaw
(@williwaw)
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Given that the demand for my work is driven by expanding demand for broadband, between the pandemic and federal infrastructure money, I don't see things letting up any time soon. Knock on wood.

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Posted : November 11, 2021 4:55 pm

dms330
(@dms330)
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I am turning down more work than I am allowing to be taken in.  It can't last forever but it feels like it's got some pretty good legs so far.

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Posted : November 11, 2021 4:59 pm
MightyMoe
(@mightymoe)
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swamped

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Posted : November 11, 2021 5:22 pm
ncsudirtman
(@ncsudirtman)
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So surprisingly I have had to turn down some work & I’m trying to build a business on the side doing surveying & engineering. Turning down work at this point in the business building process worries me but everyone I have turned down has been too flaky for me to take a chance on in my opinion when there’s solid clients who are willing to pay what I bill for. 

 

I am debating taking the plunge to doing this full time as most of the surveyors nearby are aging out (and the engineers too). But land development has been driving most of the survey & engineering needs around here which is the majority of what I do (I don’t like to work for residential property owners as they complain no matter what and busting into other survey markets has been tough). I also know I’m definitely not the cheapest in town so if demand slows down I don’t want my family to starve due to lack of business and me being the sole provider 

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Posted : November 11, 2021 5:26 pm

Bruce Small
(@bruce-small)
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I get a lot of work from clients frustrated by surveyors who won't work more than 40 hours a week, if that. I'm more a make hay while the sun shines guy.

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Posted : November 11, 2021 5:33 pm
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R S Mayer
(@r-s-mayer)
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Turn down more work than I take on, swamped.

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Posted : November 11, 2021 5:38 pm
paden cash
(@paden-cash)
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October fees were 22% higher than Oct. 2020 and 25% higher than Oct. 2019. This trend equates evenly with the respective annual fees.  Since "selling the farm" and only working solo for just a few clients my gross fees have almost doubled since 2016. 

I'd love to try my hand at something else.  But I can't think of thing that is this much fun where I get paid so much for doing so little. 😉 

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Posted : November 11, 2021 6:09 pm
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BushAxe
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Posted by: @bruce-small

I get a lot of work from clients frustrated by surveyors who won't work more than 40 hours a week, if that. I'm more a make hay while the sun shines guy.

I’m right there with you. I get a lot of calls from clients who say the surveyor they had lined up has been non responsive. 

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Posted : November 11, 2021 6:14 pm
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BushAxe
(@bushaxe)
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Busy and turning down work on occasion. Working 6-7 days a week. 

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Posted : November 11, 2021 6:18 pm
BStrand
(@bstrand)
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I don't run a survey department or anything but I'm as busy as I've always been.

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Posted : November 11, 2021 6:19 pm

holy cow
(@holy-cow)
10,000+ posts Member

Swamped is the nom de jour.

I could be taking on twice the number of jobs I am doing.  But, I don't want or need to do so.

Everyone else seems to be equally overwhelmed and putting out the news to potential clients to not to expect to see them until January.  Overall charge per survey has been rising for many months now.

Based on conversations with attorneys, title office people, real estate agents and lenders, they are all swamped, as well.  Too many are borrowing themselves rich.........................until you know what happens.  Some of those also get caught up in the current flurry of estate preparation to distribute property to the heirs now, rather than later.

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Posted : November 11, 2021 7:29 pm
thebionicman
(@thebionicman)
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There is more work now than I've ever seen. We learned nothing in the last recession because peoole are doing the same stupid crap...

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Posted : November 11, 2021 7:38 pm
Mark Mayer
(@mark-mayer)
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I'm currently working for a local city engineering department. The department has about 30 technical employees and, I think, 5 open, unfilled positions.  Pay good, benefits great. No applicants.    

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Posted : November 11, 2021 8:08 pm

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