Originally Posted by atoll
recently i,ve been approached by a number of professional companies to sub contract
deliveries for them,..........and guess how much they are paying.......a hundred dollars a day or less!!!
so next time you go to one of the so called professional delivery
companys and get quoted a price
that you need to sit down and take deep breaths..
what you are actually paying for is a fancy website,a few testamonials and an ex delivery skipper
who sits in his cosy office,getting the other half of the fee...............
If you think that is true - then you know
what to do
. Nowadays won't even need an office.
But you will probably find TWO big downers:-
a) Da Gubberment
Once you put your head
above the parapet (simply by advertising services on offer) .......you will need to move from the grey economy to the mainstream (otherwise at risk from competitors dobbing you in)............ and then you get not only the taxes
involved from getting fully acquainted with Mr Taxman (and all his freinds) but also you get the costs and simply the time involved in feeding "the beast" with paperwork / information (your accounting records can no longer be kept on back of an envelope - that got lost
). and all that's before da man decides you be squirriling away money
by underdeclaring income
- innocent until proven guilty? Lol! Try proving a negative
You know all those stupid half assed projects and Govt departments full of wishful thinkers? Well, someone
has to pay for all that. As a small businessman that will be your other job...........
b) The punters
......the vast majority will be complete timewasters (and that isn't free and gets old v. quickly) who are either after free info (to beat down some other schmuck - who is more desperate for the cash), have no freinds / like to feel important or simply have a half baked vague dream and no real idea of what they want........or want (need?!) a deal that even a Chinese 7yo child would turn down
.....and all that no matter what they tell ya at the getgo
...........Size / value of vessel not a reliable guide to someone actually having any money
..........just because no cheque is written doesn't mean that time spent doesn't have a cost - to you.
Not to say that all things are not possible, but running own business not as easy as it sounds (at this point you tell me yer built Microsoft
) - nor automatically profitable (it's not like boat ownership
where one can pretend to self certain costs don't exist
- reality does eventually catch up).
BTW I have no intention of ever
becoming a Delivery Skipper
(certainly not long haul) - but paid crew would be nice now and again. somewhere warm
..........but to my eyes what a "proffesional company" offers to a Skipper is a potential
of a regular stream of work (even if only a top up to own efforts) from them having a bigger market presence that someone alone could have..........and for the Punter (should be!) less hassle arranging a delivery / understanding the deal - and someone else (with insurance) to sue the pants off if things go Pete Tong!.......apart from a potless Skipper who was last seen heading up the Amazon............
IMO / IME sometimes you do have to ignore what some other beggar is getting from a deal and simply ask self: "is the deal good enough for me?" (and then try and work out how to move up the food
chain for next time
)..........It's usually a choice between that and nothing at all - not that you will likely get someone else's part of the deal by stamping foot etc. Principles are fine - hard cash in pocket is better
......and if you can afford to risk a No (and then lose a deal now and again) then IMO all the better.
DOJ Yacht Deliveries Limited