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Old 11-04-2014, 08:15 AM   #41
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Thought a lot about this thread. My opinion is that you only get this one life to live and you are wasting it terribly if you hate what you are doing for 12 hours of every day. I had a cushy job as an accountant right out of college and after a year I quit and went right back to the trades. Best decision I ever made and I have NO REGRETS.
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:21 AM   #42
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I have no clue what you said there.



Trim work is a lot easier on the body than framing [for example], so if there's enough demand in your area for such a specialty long term, it could be a good move. And at your age, if it doesn't work out there's still time to re-think your career choice.



OTOH, the plant job has predictable hours, benefits, and is likely to be there for the indefinite future if you don't screw up. If it's likely that you can earn a reasonable income with that while building a good retirement fund, it might be wise to stick with it and just keep doing side jobs for the gravy as long as you care to.



Tough decision. It always is.

It confused me to when I Reread it lol
I guess I should of included that the gas plant is not permanent. We rely on wells that are old and depleted, I give it a few more years. My plans were to build my company up and ride the plant job out then roll into construction full time. But it's getting more than I can handle and effecting my family too. I don't wanna stop the construction and lose what I worked so hard for as a back up plan. But hate leaving such a god job too. Decisions decisions


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and sometimes I am cheaper than others but sometimes I'm not, my regular job is very well paying so I don't have to make big money doing this,

That was what you posted in one of my threads. Could the reason why your carpentry business is doing so well that you aren't charging what you should? If you do decide to go full monty will the pace of work continue if you start to charge accordingly? If I were in your shoes I would raise my prices to the point you're at par with the rest in your area maybe even a little more, then wait to see if the work continues to roll in before you quit your other job.
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^^^ you have a point


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Thats pricing 101. This is about career direction.
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I mean I'm not the cheapest around by no means I'm competitive, like I said sometimes I'm cheaper sometimes I'm not, depends on a lot of factors


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It confused me to when I Reread it lol
I guess I should of included that the gas plant is not permanent. We rely on wells that are old and depleted, I give it a few more years. My plans were to build my company up and ride the plant job out then roll into construction full time. But it's getting more than I can handle and effecting my family too. I don't wanna stop the construction and lose what I worked so hard for as a back up plan. But hate leaving such a god job too. Decisions decisions


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I'm 26. I did side jobs for years building up my tools. Then I bought a house and spent almost two years remodeling it. I did no side work the whole time. Thats almost two years of NO sidework. I quit my job, went straight into it working for myself full time and have not had a slow time, not mention that as a one man show I'm making dang good money being its my first year. You'll get out of it what you put into it.

Its all about having a large social network with lots of people that know you and that you have an extremely good name in all facets. If you have a big network of people and a really good reputation/name all you have to do is post on facebook that you're doing your own thing now and you will be booked imo. Its what you did the years leading up to that that will determine what you make and how busy you are.

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