I Need Some Help - Page 2 - General Discussion - Contractor Talk

I Need Some Help

 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-04-2012, 07:29 PM   #21
Pro
 
J F's Avatar
 
Trade: Carpenter
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: North of Atlanta
Posts: 9,058
Rewards Points: 2,000

Re: I Need Some Help


Good. There's lots of fun/positive stuff here as well, ya just have to be able to face reality, then get to the fun stuff.
J F is offline  

Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. ContractorTalk.com 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!

   

Advertisement

 

Old 05-04-2012, 07:29 PM   #22
New Guy
 
ZachLawson's Avatar
 
Trade: Not sure yet
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 11
Rewards Points: 10

Re: I Need Some Help


Quote:
Originally Posted by WilsonRMDL
Stay in school. Unless you want to be Half crippled and always angry by the time your 40.

I'm only 25, but I'm on my way haha
Wilson you just made my day!
ZachLawson is offline  
Old 05-04-2012, 07:36 PM   #23
New Guy
 
ZachLawson's Avatar
 
Trade: Not sure yet
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 11
Rewards Points: 10

Re: I Need Some Help


I think I would like to start my own small contracting company once I finish college. I may change my mind, a whole lot can happen in my next three years of high school, but as for now that seems like the route for me to take. I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and contracting seems to combine that and some other things I love to do.
ZachLawson is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-04-2012, 07:50 PM   #24
Member
 
FramerGuy19's Avatar
 
Trade: Carpenter
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Ledyard, CT
Posts: 33
Rewards Points: 20

Re: I Need Some Help


I like your enthusiasm and don't wanna seem like a downer but starting your own business right outta college isn't always the best of ideas.

I read a statistic on here that said something like 95% of newly opened construction companies go out of business within 5 years.

Working through college is one thing but I think there is alot to be learned from working with someone else for a couple years before going out on your own. It allows you to have steady income as well as someone who can teach you the ropes of owning your own business, before you go out and try it on your own.

School as im finding it is a good starting point but alot of what you need to learn you learn in the first few years of actually working full time in the field

This is just my opinion and whats been told to me when ive talked to a couple local guys I know. If you can pull it off though all the more power to you.
FramerGuy19 is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to FramerGuy19 For This Useful Post:
BC Carpenter (05-05-2012), ZachLawson (05-04-2012)
Old 05-04-2012, 07:55 PM   #25
Capra aegagrus
 
Tinstaafl's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodeler
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Posts: 24,062
Rewards Points: 18

Re: I Need Some Help


Quote:
Originally Posted by ZachLawson View Post
I think I would like to start my own small contracting company once I finish college.
I would strongly advise against that, unless you're going to be swinging a hammer while also going to college. You not only need a business education; you also need a sense of how the work actually gets done by the workers in the field.

No better way than to be one of them for at least a while.
Tinstaafl is online now  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Tinstaafl For This Useful Post:
BC Carpenter (05-05-2012), Jaws (05-04-2012)
Old 05-04-2012, 07:59 PM   #26
New Guy
 
ZachLawson's Avatar
 
Trade: Not sure yet
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 11
Rewards Points: 10

Re: I Need Some Help


Quote:
Originally Posted by FramerGuy19
I like your enthusiasm and don't wanna seem like a downer but starting your own business right outta college isn't always the best of ideas.

I read a statistic on here that said something like 95% of newly opened construction companies go out of business within 5 years.

Working through college is one thing but I think there is alot to be learned from working with someone else for a couple years before going out on your own. It allows you to have steady income as well as someone who can teach you the ropes of owning your own business, before you go out and try it on your own.

School as im finding it is a good starting point but alot of what you need to learn you learn in the first few years of actually working full time in the field

This is just my opinion and whats been told to me when ive talked to a couple local guys I know. If you can pull it off though all the more power to you.
Yea that makes since to me, 95% is a big number. I wouldn't start FRESH out of college anyway, I didn't mean for it to sound like that. J is right, I'm going to need a lot of work on communication. I'm what you consider a hillbilly I guess lol, a modern day version.
ZachLawson is offline  
Old 05-04-2012, 08:01 PM   #27
New Guy
 
ZachLawson's Avatar
 
Trade: Not sure yet
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 11
Rewards Points: 10

Re: I Need Some Help


I really do appreciate all of your input guys, it helps a lot!
ZachLawson is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to ZachLawson For This Useful Post:
J F (05-04-2012)
Old 05-05-2012, 02:15 AM   #28
Reet
 
Spaint90's Avatar
 
Trade: Painting/ Sales
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: CA
Posts: 429
Rewards Points: 250

Re: I Need Some Help


Zach-

Very cool that you take this much initiative to look into a career at your age, i like the drive. I grew up working on projects with my dad, and started working for a contractor in high school. Honestly, as a freshman i said i would NEVER end up working construction. Looking back that is pretty funny because after i graduated from HS i started my business. I needed money to pay for college, and i knew i wasnt going to take out loans.

I now am 22 and do sales and estimating for a remodel company so i can focus more on finishing out my degree. However when i was contracting and managing a couple guys along with myself i was working 7 days a week..10-12 hours a day. My advice to you is this: dont get into this business just to make money. If you want to suceed and be happy you have to enjoy it. I see too many guys that are older in their 40's 50's even 30's who are just burned out and miserable. On the same token i also see alot of guys that are happy and have great lives.

Go work for someone and try it out. I bet you could find work as a laborer for a guy in the summer. If its not your thing you can always cross it off your list, but worst case scenario is you learned something you can use for the rest of your life.

Always keep an open mind, choosing a career is great. But its never too late to try something new or travel down a different path. A wise man told me to always follow my heart and be true to myself and everything else would follow

Best of luck!

Last edited by Spaint90; 05-05-2012 at 02:21 AM.
Spaint90 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Spaint90 For This Useful Post:
ZachLawson (05-05-2012)
Old 05-05-2012, 10:49 PM   #29
New Guy
 
ZachLawson's Avatar
 
Trade: Not sure yet
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 11
Rewards Points: 10

Re: I Need Some Help


Sorry I'm just now replying, it's been a busy day.
Haha, if I wanted a job just for the money I'd be a doctor like my mom wanted me to look into lol.

I do feel that this is something i'd enjoy though.
Like you said though, I am keeping an open mind. My teacher told me if I don't I might pass up opportunities I may never get again.

I'm gonna get my dad to ask his boss if I can come in this summer and work for a week or two. He's a really nice guy so I'd say he will let me.
He does mainly HVAC work and his son does electrical work. I think I could gain a lot from it.
Thanks for your input, I appreciate it very much.

Advertisement

ZachLawson 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


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

I am a professional contractor
I am a DIY Homeowner
Drywall Talk is for
PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS ONLY!

At DrywallTalk.com 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 www.DIYChatroom.com 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?