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Old 01-16-2018, 10:36 PM   #1
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Hello.
I actually stumbled upon this website on complete accident. I am in Minnesota. Within a year of taking my journeymanís test and not far off from 10,000 to take my masterís test. However, I really donít like working in the ďfieldĒ. I would rather sink or swim on my own and not based on variables within the ibew chapter. I just wanted to know, what steps have you all taken to become an electrical contractor? what type of work do you bid? Do you enjoy being a contractor? Have you found consistent work? I think I would enjoy being a contractor and this website looks like a great place to start. Iím in my 20ís and just donít see myself being a field guy honestly.
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Old 01-17-2018, 07:03 AM   #2
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I don't get it. You want to do the electrical work at your place?

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I don't get it. You want to do the electrical work at your place?
I want to know how to go about being an electrical contractor and whatís involved.
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Head over to http://www.electriciantalk.com
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Union or not:

Get market research done.
Get a lawyer.
Get an accountant.
Get a banker.
Get one years' worth of personal wages saved up.
Get a business plan.
Get a balance sheet.
Get good credit.
Get advertising.
Get customers.
Get going.
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:18 AM   #6
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Union or not:

Get market research done.
Get a lawyer.
Get an accountant.
Get a banker.
Get one years' worth of personal wages saved up.
Get a business plan.
Get a balance sheet.
Get good credit.
Get advertising.
Get customers.
Get going.
Thanks much.
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However, I really donít like working in the ďfieldĒ.
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I want to know how to go about being an electrical contractor and whatís involved.
What's involved, with few exceptions, is working in the field. If you have no desire to do that, aim for being a general contractor who hires electricians to do that work.
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:43 AM   #8
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However, I really donít like working in the ďfieldĒ.
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I want to know how to go about being an electrical contractor and whatís involved.
What's involved, with few exceptions, is working in the field. If you have no desire to do that, aim for being a general contractor who hires electricians to do that work.
Iím sorry. I should elaborate. I donít mind being an electrician. But I would rather work on my own or with those whom I employ. I meant working in the field as in being an electrician working on big jobs with crews of other guys.
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What's involved, with few exceptions, is working in the field. If you have no desire to do that, aim for being a general contractor who hires electricians to do that work.
OP wants to be the boss of an EC biz. He won't be putting on tools.... he wants to manage & run the company from his air-conditioned office and sit at a big oak desk filling out deposit slips.

He will hire the electricians that will wear the tool belts.
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Hey. Iím sorry if I sound like an idiot to you guys. Just wanting to get more information and see what the options are. Thanks for the responses.
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Nothing wrong with wanting to be the boss. Just remember there's very few careers where you start at the top.

Ditch diggers are one.
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Nothing wrong with wanting to be the boss. Just remember there's very few careers where you start at the top.

Ditch diggers are one.
Iím down for putting in the work.
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Iím down for putting in the work.
Problem is...... it appears you don't know what the 'work' is.


Do you know the licensing requirements in your trade area? What IS your trade area? What is your target market? What is the market like in your area?

What will your overhead be? How many employees are you thinking of hiring?

Have you ever bid a large job? By large, I mean 5-, 6- or 7-figure.

Are you going to have a building to work out of? Rent or own? Buy or build?


You'll notice none of these types of questions can be answered by digging out the latest NEC. Being a fantastic electrician does not mean you're a fantastic business manager.
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I would work in the field for a few years working for someone else. In that time pay attention to what stuff cost, hours you put in and any information from the bosses that would help you

Then start doing small side jobs and figuring out your costs before you jump in full time


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Iím down for putting in the work.
Problem is...... it appears you don't know what the 'work' is.


Do you know the licensing requirements in your trade area? What IS your trade area? What is your target market? What is the market like in your area?

What will your overhead be? How many employees are you thinking of hiring?

Have you ever bid a large job? By large, I mean 5-, 6- or 7-figure.

Are you going to have a building to work out of? Rent or own? Buy or build?


You'll notice none of these types of questions can be answered by digging out the latest NEC. Being a fantastic electrician does not mean you're a fantastic business manager.
Appreciate it. Thatís why Iím on this site. Thanks.
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Old 01-17-2018, 12:48 PM   #16
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Check out the licensing requirements. I'm a GC in california and I think there were four years of work requirements independent of education. There's no substitute for the work requirements as you need to know your trade before you contract for it. The guys above nailed it
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You don't necessarily need to know electrical, as you can bring in hired guns for taking care of that end of the business. But quality management won't be cheap.

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