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Old 03-04-2018, 01:29 PM   #21
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Re: Aspiring Contractor, Need Input

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My apologies if my intentions came out wrong.

I am willing to do the grunt work, and enjoy doing the grunt work (nothing more satisfying than a hard day's labor), but eventually I want to focus more on the management side. Keyword: eventually. The first few years of operating a business, I will be in the trenches with my crew. I realize that it can't work any other way. Believe me, I'm doing plenty of labor now. I am putting my time and work in.
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Old 03-04-2018, 02:09 PM   #22
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I agree that a good man will not ask someone to do something he is not willing to do himself.

I still do a lot of work in the field and spend 90% of my time in the field, if I need to weld some cross-sections up or cut some rafters or stringers or layout plates or carry a bunk of plywood to the second floor I have no problem doing that, but generally if I am doing that I am not doing my job or it really needs to be done. Generally i have a bunch of other things i need to do, my task app is never empty.
That isn't what the OP was asking about. Most business are like yours, learn the ropes and move up. Hands on when you need to. I'm sure there are many businesses you can learn in class and hit the ground running, I just don't think contracting is one of them.
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Old 03-05-2018, 06:57 AM   #23
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Personal experience.

Sitting on your keester is harder than physically working for a lot of people. I did it for a year and it's just not right for some people. If I don't move for a while my brain starts to go in a million different directions and I can't focus on anything.

If you like to paint then paint. If you think you can make it a viable business then have at it. Having a bunch of internet grumps tell you what to do won't make life any easier but it sure will get you ready for personalities you get to deal with

Look at your schooling as an investment. If you have quite a bit of money stuffed into it already than finish it. If not, than evaluate it and see if the ROI is there.


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