Why choosing a smaller company is the better way to go.
There's no denying it, when it comes to this industry there are a lot of options as to where to spend your hard earned money. When making your choice it's easy to be seduced by brightly painted vehicles and expensive advertisements. Often times the staff employed by the big companies are under payed, under skilled, over worked, and disgruntled at earning a fraction of what the company is earning off of their hard work. How do I know this? Because I used to be one of them.
The first thing you get when you call any company is usually the owner. The owner meets you with a firm handshake and offers you a quote and you accept it. Here's where things begin to differ. The large company will put you an a waiting list for up to six weeks or longer. The small guy can fit you in next week. After you wait six weeks for your service, the brightly painted truck arrives with someone you've never met, alongside his rookie sidekick with no experience at all. They will have to rush the job because they have five or six more jobs to pile onto the day before it's over. Contrary - the little guy you met last week arrives, delivers you an excellent service, and has time to focus on the fine details while still charging you less than the other guys. At the end of the day though, it's about getting the most value out of the service you are buying. Does it make you feel better to support grassroots? Or goliath?
For myself personally, this concept transcends all elements of the marketplace where we always have the choice to shop at the big box stores, or take the extra time to go to the famers market. When you support the little guys, you're helping out a single family face to face, and that's worth more than any billboard ad or golden arches. As a one man show I feel twice as much pride in my work than I did as an employee. I always do my best work regardless but, knowing that I was giving over half of the earnings to someone who wasn't even on the job with me to help.. it was a constant knot.
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