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Old 10-15-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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So... being in my last year of highschool its time that i really think about what i am gonna do.
I will enroll in my apprenticeship program and by the time im out of highschool i will be in my 2nd or 3rd year
I will obtain my C of Q and then if by that time i feel i am competent, i will open up shop.. Im learning as much as a possibly can, now and ongoing, so that i can start my company young (19, 20). Any suggestions...thoughts about this route. I am taking business and accouting classes.. if it means anything.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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If I were you, I would wait a little longer to run your own company full time, maybe a couple more years. You'll learn and mature more. Although at that age you could still get away with living in your parents basement.

I'm saying that as a 25 year old, I'll be a journeyman at the end of february and have been running my own sites for a couple years doing all aspects or residential building foundation to finish. I plan on running my own company sooner than later but I'd rather learn as much as I can under someone else and not look like an ass to a customer.
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Not to shoot you down, at all. I agree that working for a great outfit for a few years will pay dividends. I started my company at age 25 and I wouldn't have done it any differently. Everyone must choose their own path though.
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Not to shoot you down, at all. I agree that working for a great outfit for a few years will pay dividends. I started my company at age 25 and I wouldn't have done it any differently. Everyone must choose their own path though.
yea, thats what im asking.
I know a few young bosses on here.
eg Kyle dmr
and fuller framer.
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I agree with the responses from above. I started my business at 24 and now five years later I can say that I probably should have waited another year or two.

It's not only about what you know but also what type of clients are going to hire you. To be honest, the only people that will hire a young kid for a major remodeling project are going to be the type of clients that you really don't want. You will have to work twice as hard to make it, don't want to burn yourself out too early now.
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Your actual age doesn't really matter. What does matter is your maturity.
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I started my company at 21. It was great. I shut it down when I was 24. It wasn't a company at all. No accounting practices to spit at, I never really made a dime (I think, like I said, no accounting), and I learned a whole hell of a lot about myself, my skill set, and the trade.

Even though it was a mess, I'm glad I did it. It was a real wake up call about what it takes to run a business. Next time I step up to the plate I'll be much more prepared.
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as a framing contractor, i doubt i would deal with the owner much. An when i start as a sub in tracts, all i would need is proof of insurance and referals. then i could work out the kinks in there.
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Business and accounting classes is BIG. Good for you. Maybe carpentry is in your future, or maybe another endeavor. Carpentry is a great trade, and I am very envious of their skills. But, I do think their are easier ways to earn a dollar. Toronto? H.V.A.C. would be a good field as well.
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I started when I was 23. I have been learning ever since. 30 years. Things are different now. Insurance was not a big expense then. You didn't have employees who expected you to provide health care for them. I would suggest you work for different people for a while and learn as much as you can.Real experience.
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as a framing contractor, i doubt i would deal with the owner much. An when i start as a sub in tracts, all i would need is proof of insurance and referals. then i could work out the kinks in there.
Trust me buddy, sometimes I deal with the homeowners almost as much as the GC. A good framing contractor will act very much like a GC on custom homes. Communication with GC, homeowner and mechanical subs is very important.
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Go to a trade school or union school . Everyone is a carpenter get a plumbing license or sparky one with time in trade you can take license test pass. And offer you passion of carpentry to your customers . Better to have two trade skills then one .
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Go to a trade school or union school . Everyone is a carpenter get a plumbing license or sparky one with time in trade you can take license test pass. And offer you passion of carpentry to your customers . Better to have two trade skills then one .
i am doing union school
and yea to the one who said work for a few different people.
next year or sooner, i am gonna get back into framing and just work with different people
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i am doing union school
and yea to the one who said work for a few different people.
next year or sooner, i am gonna get back into framing and just work with different people
Alot of my bids go up against plumbing and sparky company's that keep everything in house and can keep there bids inline under one roof.
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Hey bud....

Maybe the Union school does it differently, but how are you going to do the 5-6 week courses that run during the day and through the school year for your apprenticeship if you are still in High School?
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Do one of the other trades

i wish i would have gotten a plumbing license. Rarely if ever is there a shortage of carpenters. You go to the oil fields or something they are always trying to beg plumbers and sparkys to come and work for them....that =$$$$

do carpentry as a hobby with all the extra money you'll have
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Young as you are I'd advise getting a couple of years of real experience framing first before going out on your own. Sub smaller jobs first to get the hang of being the boss.
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Maybe the Union school does it differently, but how are you going to do the 5-6 week courses that run during the day and through the school year for your apprenticeship if you are still in High School?
co op
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