From carpenters and electricians to plumbers and painters, tradesmen work hard to make everyone else’s life a little easier. Being a tradie takes skill and perseverance and although the job can get tough at times, it comes with its own rewards. Here are eight truths only a tradie will understand.
1. You’re constantly bombarded by ‘friends’ asking for ‘quick favours’
Whatever line of work you’re in, your tradie status has made you indispensable to some of your not-so-handy mates. They swear they like you for your sharp wit and larrikin personality, but sometimes you wonder if it’s really your expertise that’s made you so popular.
2. You always see the sun rise
Let’s face it, your work requires you to get up earlier than most. While this means you may need a few (hundred) shots of coffee in the morning, it also has its perks. Take watching those glorious Aussie sunrises for example, or getting home before the sun sets.
3. You’ll always be thankful for DIY jobs gone wrong
It happens all the time: a well-intentioned home improvement project goes awry, and soon you’re looking at a toilet that’s leaking bubbles or a wall that’s one strong breeze away from collapse. As sympathetic as you are for the mess that homeowners get have themselves into, you can’t help but be grateful for new business.
4. You’re blasted with questions, even when you’re trying to work
Some clients can be extremely curious about exactly what you’re doing at any given second. They may ask about the prognosis of the problem, the tools you’re using, your progress, and your favourite weekend activities. You’ll usually oblige, because you’re in the business of customer service.
5. People are often out of touch with what your work entails
You often encounter clients who expect a lot for very little. “We want a skylight, wooden floors, and basically an entirely new house. Our budget is no more than $500. Can you make it happen?”
6. You’ll never tire of your clients diagnosing the problem for you
There’s a reason your clients call you – you’re a professional! But that doesn’t stop them from putting in their two cents about whatever issue they’re having. Sure, they may not have any experience or training, but they certainly have vivid imaginations.
7. Your tools are among your most prized possessions
Your tools have accomplished many extraordinary things throughout the years and you treat them with the utmost respect. You may have even considered installing a safe just for them, or at least pondered the pros and cons of keeping them safely nestled beside you while you sleep at night.
8. You wouldn’t trade your job for anything
You love what you do – the freedom, the hours, the pay. The life of a tradie is one you’re happy to enjoy each day, and you can rest easy each night knowing you’ll be able to wake up and do it all again tomorrow.