I feel like, since Nathan posted that (from 2 years ago) I should provide an update.
- Our business has increased every year. As in 30-50% increases year over year. Retail (the eBay sales stuff) has certainly helped with that, but the last two years have been about the same retail-wise-- and production continues to grow.
- Last year, we replaced all of the used I-Techs that I had purchased in 2014 for the VerTecs with I-Tech HDs. The conventional I-Techs have been having problems (every year, one or two have to go back for repair) and I need to ensure that we have reliable amps for shows! Last year, we also purchased a small fleet of new road cases, added more VRX boxes and STX812M wedges, doubled our QLX-D wireless inventory, added pipe & drape, and purchased the CL5/Rio, press mults, Worker lifts, and a new Motion Labs distro. ($130K or more spent in 2016!) We also lost 5 cable ramps, but let's not remember that...
But more importantly, and to the point of that previous thread ("do you feel that owning a line array is a necessity to do this type of work full time?")--
Would that $130K in new gear in 2016 have been needed if I didn't have our VerTec rig? No.
Would I have purchased any
of that if I didn't
own the VerTec rig? No.
Did the VerTec rig produce/cause a significant portion of our income in 2016? Absofuckinglutely.
Without that system...
- We wouldn't have made the introduction into political rallies last year, which (between campaign appearances and other shows we performed as a result of the campaign appearances) was a good 20% of our gross billing last year.
- We wouldn't have met the people that are running a major convention in San Jose in January and Reno in June. Those two shows this year represent nearly 15% of our business this year alone.
- We wouldn't have JUST had a nice rental this past week at a local church for a youth conference.
- The show I mentioned in the previous post, where I got it cos I could guarantee them the VerTecs would not have happened. Granted, they stiffed me on 50% of the payment (UGH!) but still.... loolz.
- Touring Yoga show in May that we're doing for the second year... wouldn't have happened.
- Being a part of Microsoft's Windows 10 launch event... wouldn't have happened...
It was worth it. Yeah, I'm oooozing loads of money on a monthly basis (if the VerTecs go out once a month, I'm OK, but if they don't...).
You know what's even more important? Through people I have met ONLY BECAUSE I have the VerTec rig, I have met some great new guys that are now on OUR rolodex. It's a LOT easier for me to staff shows these days-- one call, or two, and it's handled. My guys like that I pay them onsite, BAM. Literally, Sunday evening, one of my techs said that's why he (and his wife) LOVE me- that none of the other companies he works for pays that damn fast. I am finally getting to the point where I don't have to work EVERY SHOW-- my team is good, and they make me look good every day. I like being able to send a team out to a show and know that everything is going to run as smooth as possible.
Here's a keeper from this: Gear doesn't mean shit most of the time. It's the people.
And it's not just the ability to run a show- it's how they interact with the client, the talent and the guests. You can be the best mixperson in the world, but if everyone hates you, then you're not going to go far. We wouldn't be growing at this rate, with JUST the VerTec rig, if I didn't have top-notch people to send out with it.
Oh, and my parents still live with me, but my sister and her daughters moved out. =-\