The consensus is that the economy has pretty much recovered from the Great Recession, and I am seeing many signs that this is true.
Construction projects are popping up at a rate not seen in many years. The stock market is back up in the stratosphere and people in general are feeling not so pinched.
At the same time, while there are projects to be had, getting them is no piece of cake. I have the feeling that people have become much more cautious in their spending decisions. They have some money to spend but they are not making impulsive decisions about how to spend it. They want a deal and they know that they can get one if they hold their ground.
The bottom line for me is that I am doing better but I am working harder and longer for less money than I have in a long time. I am getting by with fewer employees, which means lower overhead. But it also means that there is more that I have to do myself.
In a way this is easier because I don’t have get someone else to do it to my satisfaction. But I ain't getting any younger and there is only so much one guy can do.