is what I need very seriously.
The news and govt state in the papers and TV that unemplyment is down, economy is coming out of whatever you want to call it, people are spending money and there is a seemingly presentation of overall doing pretty good in this country.
So, in the past month these are a few of my down and dirty on the street experiences.
Called a lead tech from a really great firm around here for some leads to parts..he's telling me his company is probably not going to make it through the summer. All the installs crews have already been laid off. This is a quality company with tons of customers that has been in business for 20 years.
Waitress friend told me she grew up with a guy that owns one of the well known HVAC firms around here. He's down to himself now. Laid off everybody.
Another waitress friend told me her husband that works for another pretty good HVAC co. is down to 3 people including the owner. They typically run 8 to 12 techs.
Drove by a firm of about 10+ guys today. All of their 4 install vans are sitting in their parking lot.
Last week or so drove by another 10 to 20 guy firm and at least 10 of their service vans are setting in front of their office during the day.
Just baby sat for a buddy that went out of town for a week. He watches over my business and I watch over his when out of town. We've been doing this for about 10 years or so. He does a ton of maintenance/replacement work for bottom feeding property managment companies. I'm always over whelmed with his customer phone calls while he is away. Got 3 phone calls during the whole week. He's says he's working part time for another co. to make some money. He's been around for a long time too.
Have three restaurant owner friends that tell me they are just making it. One is a lady in her late 50's that told me she and her husband borrowed money on their house to keep the restaurant open. And that if they can't they are going to lose their home.
Have two friends that are living off of unemployment.
This is the short version of what I have run into in the past months.
On the other hand we had lines of people sleeping out in front of stores to get the IPad thing. The news stories indicates something completely different and accutely opposite of my experiences.
So, where is the reality here?