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Old 06-25-2013, 08:27 PM   #81
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I don't think he is trolling. He has repsonded to the thread a few times. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. We were all just starting out once.
Yea but we all didnt start at the top
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:42 PM   #82
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Yea but we all didnt start at the top
Exactly
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:13 PM   #83
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Yea but we all didnt start at the top
Well, that's why some "mentoring" is in order.
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Well, that's why some "mentoring" is in order.
Mentoring works better when the "mentoree" is humble and realistic.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:00 AM   #85
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Mentoring works better when the "mentoree" is humble and realistic.
And shows up to be mentored...

I think he has a total of three posts... sounds like a wannabe to me... if he was "generally" interested, he would be asking all sorts of questions...
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Come on guys, he said it was urgent. The poor kid needs to be a general contractor by the end of the week and you lot aren't helping at all.
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Ok mods, check the IP address, i think PinkFloyd is actually Struble in disguise
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All so you can make "thousands per job"...
Yes. Those thousands add up quick. Thinking back, change orders and add ons were the most profitable. Once you're on site and doing a good job of controlling the project, the HOs don't want to start over with a new GC or even put other projects out to bid. Hard demo and heavy equipment is a serious money maker. Turn key can mean getting everything from start to finish. Underground, service panels, repipe, rewire, appliances, hardscape, water features and sod included.
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All cash too. Beat the taxman that way
Cash or check, doesn't matter. It all goes on the books.
Trying to outsmart the taxman is like trying to represent yourself in court. You will never win.
Better off paying a professional (not your trophy wife) to keep it straight and above board.
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Cash or check, doesn't matter. It all goes on the books.
Trying to outsmart the taxman is like trying to represent yourself in court. You will never win.
Better off paying a professional (not your trophy wife) to keep it straight and above board.
Unfortunately being on the Internet it's easy to take that out of context. Hard to tell it was sarcasm from previous post. I hide nothing so when they come looking they pass me by
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Really???? All you guys really believe this?? I do work for these guys and look up to them and wish I could do the sales like they do! They have no GC license But are great sales men! They then sub out the work to guys with licenses and make big bucks doing it.
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Yea Did one today. The GC showed me the job last Friday, a helper and I did the job today. The GC never showed up,why should he?
Tomorrow I will go by the lumber yard and finish the job, send him some pics and pau. On to the next one He will give me funds on Friday
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Yea Did one today. The GC showed me the job last Friday, a helper and I did the job today. The GC never showed up,why should he?
Tomorrow I will go by the lumber yard and finish the job, send him some pics and pau. On to the next one He will give me funds on Friday
I always show up at least once incase material is needed or questions answered ect. He'll I've been known to change window sizes or placement during framing if I don't like how they face a neighbor. Better to do it while the walls are going up then when they are sheathing the home.
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I took the "SHOVEL" route. Obtained my bachelors in SHK, working on my masters, and at this rate maybe even a PHD.....
I resemble that remark. But, obviously OP is not taking that ''route.''
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I think your talking about a paper contractor because you don't have any experience. Well as a general contractor my BIGGEST asset is my experience. I could not of got this far without it. It's very very tough to compete without doing a lot of the work in house. Your going to find that as with any position in life you really can't just step in from scratch. Most of us on here who are Generals, were carpenters first. This is key. You are( IMO ) going at this backwards. You must first learn the trade then you can begin to learn the business end of it. Your very young so I'm not going to break your balls too much. I think you should have a few years of working on a framing crew before you even begin to start a GC business. It's nice to know foundation, framing, and have an idea of all the trades basic job. I myself worked for a large commercial General through my carpentry apprenticeship. I got first hand knowledge watching my bosses handle subs, and all the carpenters and laborers that worked for them.
Here where i am we call them whindshield contractors. What will you do if your sub screws up? Do you know how to finish the work correctly
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Here where i am we call them whindshield contractors.
Seen plenty of drivebye building inspectors too.
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All cash too. Beat the taxman that way
Cash isn't really a good option if you're trying to grow a business. I need to show what I'm making so I have the credit I need. If not, it's paycheck to paycheck. For instance, if I take on a 100K job I'm looking to make upwards of 35 percent profit on that job. So I set up a draw agreement and get a decent deposit. I deposit the money in the bank usually right away, depending on how my quarterly tax reports fall. I do that to balance out the taxes through the year. I don't count on that deposit to purchase materials or anything if I don't absolutely have to. I use credit from either my bank or open accounts to get started. It's always my goal to spend as little as possible from funds I receive, especially deposit's. I like having that big chunk at the end of the job. There's nothing worse than pissing away the deposit and not having a way to finish the job without asking for more money. You lose credibility with your customer, and frankly, with the people yoy employ.

That was probably a little to much information. It's just the way I do things. It works for me.
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I have to get in the habit of looking at the posting dates.
I read the whole first page before I saw how old this was.

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