Many years ago, 20 or so, we were working on a deck
for a doctor,( I think he was heart specialist). At the time we mostly
did decks, but dabbled in other home improvements as well. This doctor
impressed with our work on his deck mentioned he thought we should
“specialize “ in decks, as in his profession the best doctors were ones
that specialized in a particular practices. We thought about what he had
said, and it made a lot of sense, we did a great job on our decks and
had developed many techniques tricks and timesavers for decks, but when
we ventured into other fields we were less efficient and the job went
much less smoothly. Within the month we had changed our name to Deck
Specialists and adopted the belief that we were better off just
building decks and becoming the best possible deck building contractor.
Since then we have built over 600 hundred decks and refrained from
taking on any other home improvements. It has made us much more
efficient and proficient, and we have never looked back.
Some of the benefits of specializing:
1.You only need the tools or equipment necessary to
do the one job. You don’t need to carry every tool in the book to every
job never really knowing what you might need. Our vans are loaded with
everything needed to build your deck, we don’t have to retool for every
new project. You can even afford to purchase or develop tools and jigs
focused on your specialty.
2.You only need the skill set to
perform the one job, and you tend to get real good at it, in fact you
may feel like you can perform this action in your sleep after you become
so comfortable with your skills. Even training a new employees is easier
as he/she only needs to learn a few select skills, not a lifetime worth
of experience to be a master of all.
3.You find new shortcuts and tricks
that relate only to your field. You memorize crucial facts and
measurements that save time. You know everything there is to know about
your field and are rarely if ever surprised of come across a situation
you are not familiar with. You should also be aware of all the codes and
regulations that pertain to your occupation.
Really the most important thing is the
time saved in the “learning curve” faze. When you specialize in
something, you become proficient and you jump right into a task rather
than having to figure out where to start, and how to proceed, you have
already learned from your mistakes and probably won’t make any more.
There will always be ”A jack of all trades” and a place for them and
“general” contractors that take on everything, but the best job will
always be by the man or firm that specializes.