My firm has been growing quickly since starting it over the last 3+ years, and I feel like I'm at a crossroads right now. I have four engineers that I subcontract work to. The vast majority of the time, this works out great; however, they sometimes miss deadlines and don't respond to calls or emails as the deadline is approaching or has passed for a day or two...which really gets my blood boiling, especially considering how well I'm paying them. We all work from home, which eliminates the high cost of office overhead. But this also leaves me no recourse when I need to contact one of them and they are not responding. Does anybody else with this same arrangement have the same issue? If so, how have you handled it? Get rid of subcontractors who don't respond when needed? I'm considering looking for an office and hiring one or two full time employees and keep a couple subcontractors to provide help as needed, but on the other hand I really enjoy being able to work from home and not endure the maddening traffic in my city that is getting worse every day, and not to mention working in gym shorts and a t-shirt if I choose to. I'm about maxed out right now if I continue working from home based on the 70 hour weeks I'm spending doing my own jobs and checking/revising everyone else's work. In the opinion of others who have been there, would getting an office and having engineers there every day in the same place make my days more efficient? I guess I'm at a point where I could possibly use a business consultant. Has anyone gone this route?
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