Sole Proprietor Bidding PW - Business - Contractor Talk

Sole Proprietor Bidding PW

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-27-2017, 03:34 PM   #1
Registered User
Whisper's Avatar
Trade: Underground Utilities
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 1

Sole Proprietor Bidding PW

My husband (and I) is a sole proprietor of his company. Can I legally help him on the job if he gets the bid? It is in public works for WA.
Whisper is offline  

Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!




Old 11-27-2017, 04:00 PM   #2
sunkist's Avatar
Trade: builder fl cbc
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: bradenton fl
Posts: 2,193
Rewards Points: 4,094

Re: Sole Proprietor Bidding PW

Originally Posted by Whisper View Post
My husband (and I) is a sole proprietor of his company. Can I legally help him on the job if he gets the bid? It is in public works for WA.
Your opening line does not make sense, That said your husband can hire the queen of England if he wants (she does need to have a work authoritarian from the goverment) and a valid s/s number.


sunkist is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to sunkist For This Useful Post:
heavy_d (11-28-2017)
Old 11-30-2017, 10:22 AM   #3
Anti-wingnut's Avatar
Trade: Commercial Superintendent
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2,892
Rewards Points: 3,318

Re: Sole Proprietor Bidding PW

What she is probably asking is if her husband gets the job as a PW contractor, can she help him to some undisclosed degree. Whether this is for pay and whether she is an officer if they are incorporated is also undisclosed.

This is a legal question, and probably best left to a lawyer or the contract administrator for the contract. But if she is an officer or an owner she can help and not run a foul of the PW laws. It is very likely she is an owner.

If she is neither an owner or officer, she must be paid PW wages while on the job if her duties at the time are classified as job site duties. If she comes out to bring him lunch and to sign checks and forms, that would not require PW. But if she is running a shovel, holding a grade stick or doing confined space watch, then she would require pay as per PW.
Anti-wingnut is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Anti-wingnut For This Useful Post:
jhark123 (12-01-2017)
Old 12-01-2017, 02:20 AM   #4
jhark123's Avatar
Trade: Pro Cat Herder
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Enumclaw, WA
Posts: 2,464
Rewards Points: 1,622

Re: Sole Proprietor Bidding PW

see section 10 (c) on pg 15.
jhark123 is offline  
Old 12-05-2017, 09:16 AM   #5
Windowcentric's Avatar
Trade: Windows
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 75
Rewards Points: 306

Re: Sole Proprietor Bidding PW

Your question should be: are my husband and I foolish for being a sole prop and not an actual LLc that will protect our personal assets???? Answer is YES ......
You are playing with fire !!!! Open an LLC, they are very inexpesive to open. No excuses for that kind of irresponsibility.

Last edited by Windowcentric; 12-05-2017 at 09:18 AM.
Windowcentric is offline  
Old 12-05-2017, 09:43 AM   #6
cwatbay's Avatar
Trade: Electrical Contractor
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: San Carlos, California
Posts: 1,261
Rewards Points: 2,096

Re: Sole Proprietor Bidding PW

We've done PW jobs in the past. Everyone had to be classified per the PW guidelines. The guy is a sole proprietor, that's it. He can hire subs (maybe like his wife), but they also must meet the requirements of the PW specs.

There is a lot for interpretation here....what does she mean by "help". Other than filling out paperwork or picking up materials (gray area), there isn't much she can do without meeting PW guidelines for working on the project.


cwatbay is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which would be better LLC or Sole Proprietorship? Ljtrucking Business 37 09-17-2014 11:29 AM
New Business Setup (Sole Proprietorship, S-Corp, LLC) black95gt Business 9 01-23-2013 11:03 PM
undercutting a sole plate. cut once Remodeling 28 02-13-2011 07:06 PM
Sole proprietor????? njcarpenter Business 32 02-23-2010 06:48 AM
Changing from Sole Proprietorship to Corp/S Corp, LLC plazaman Business 9 09-30-2008 07:09 PM

Join Now... It's Fast and FREE!

I am a professional contractor
I am a DIY Homeowner
Drywall Talk is for

At we cater exlusivly to professional contractors who make their living as a contractor. Knowing that many homeowners and DIYers are looking for a community to call home, we've created DIY Chatroom is full of helpful advices and perfect for DIY homeowners.

Redirecing in 10 seconds
No Thanks
terms of service

Already Have an Account?