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Old 06-09-2015, 10:32 PM   #1
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Hello all! I've been thinking of going out on my own for quite some time now. I have Nearly two decades of mechanical insulation experience in both commercial and industrial. I know my trade inside and out. What I don't know is where to find work. Does anybody have any advice on where to find bidding opportunities for specialty work like my trade? Are there websites and brick & mortar office buildings where people go to find this information or should I start cold-calling mechanical companies? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-09-2015, 10:54 PM   #2
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There is NO ONE SINGLE method for finding work. If there was, everyone would be doing it.

You'll need to find out what system works for you. It will take time, patience and money. Try on method (and seriously TRY it) for a period of time (not just once!) and track the results.

If it doesn't seem to be working, try something else. Eventually, you'll find a method that works for you. And what works for you will fail someone else, and vice-versa. So what works for them will fail for you.

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Old 06-09-2015, 11:12 PM   #3
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Hello all! I've been thinking of going out on my own for quite some time now. I have Nearly two decades of mechanical insulation experience in both commercial and industrial. I know my trade inside and out. What I don't know is where to find work. Does anybody have any advice on where to find bidding opportunities for specialty work like my trade? Are there websites and brick & mortar office buildings where people go to find this information or should I start cold-calling mechanical companies? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:19 AM   #4
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Around here the local BXs post (both at the building and on-line) notices from the big prevailing wage contractors. Cold-calling the mechanical companies, too, and if you don't yet know, find out what a bid looks like in your trade.
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Most largish cities will have a construction association with a website where projects will be posted, if not your state surely will and you can usually search by location as well as trade. Cold calling...sure why not. Not done as much in residential but commercial/civil/industrial it's not uncommon. From your years in the industry you must know some people..call them up and let them know your branching out on your own...just don't step on any toes unless you really want to
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A friend has a company that is in this very trade. Most of his work is performed under the mechanical subs. He has an estimator (30 hours/week) who also initiates contacts with GCs/CMs.

He has been very successful. Most of this is due to his work ethic and I believe he would be just as successful in any other trade.

SFO mentioned the Builder's Exchanges. You can get a trial membership and see what they offer. It is definitely worth it for some trades.
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Can't know your trade inside and out without knowing where the work comes from.
He may know who needs it, but not what happens before the crew got there. This sounds like a classic example of an excellent baker wanting to open and run a bakery.
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