Odd Jobs: Examples Of Some Of The Strangest Requests You Will Get From Customers And Knowing When To Say No
As a concrete contractor, you are hired to pour all kinds of foundations, steps, platforms, etc., etc. In your line of work, you will undoubtedly encounter some very odd jobs. Some of them are reasonable, while others you should just walk away from. The following examples will help you decide right away if you want an odd job doing concrete.
Pouring Dog Pound Slabs
Whether for a private breeder or for a community animal shelter, this is one odd job you can feel good about doing. Kennels take some time to make even so that the dogs do not stumble or hurt themselves. If you are also pouring inside kennels with a waste drainage ditch, you are helping the kennel or animal shelter keep the animals healthy.
Constructing a Crypt
This job may leave your skin crawling, especially if you are squeamish about dead people. However, the crypt you construct will not have corpses in it until you finish the job, so you may be able to talk yourself through this one. If you have any religious, spiritual or personal conflicts, then it is best to say no. However, it could be very lucrative, depending on the size of the crypt and the client who hires you.
Creating Time Capsules and Cornerstones
This could be a fun odd job because you are helping to create a frozen moment in history. You could add your own notes to the capsule or cornerstone which you could look at fifty years from now and see if anything still applies. Because you are the concrete expert for these projects, you and your business become somewhat immortalized by contributing to the project.
Sealing a Coffin in a Grave
This is one of those odd jobs where you have to know who you are dealing with. Since it is highly unusual and very unlikely that a cemetery would request a concrete-sealed grave, you may just want to ask yourself who your client is and why he or she wants the grave filled with concrete. It may just be a gangster or mafia thing, in which case, run, (do not walk!) away.
Rule of Thumb: If the Job Seems Shady, It Probably Is
If there is anything about an odd concrete job that leaves your nerves tingling or your hair stand on end, you probably should pay attention. The last thing you want in your line of work is to pour concrete for a client only to find out that you are an accomplice in a bizarre crime. Since no client is going to tell you outright that he or she is up to no good and plans to hide their business with your concrete handiwork, you have to know when to say no, and following your gut instincts is the best way to do it.