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Old 08-03-2019, 10:50 PM   #41
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There are Americans, legal immigrants and, illegal invaders, Who think Our Constitutional Democratically elected Republic can be chopped up like a steer carcass, and we can have freedom while only selecting the benefits and rewards of our system while stopping paying the daily fees for eternal freedom from the menu of US citizens duties to our nation, families and Our selves.

Any group of people spending other people's Time and Money are less efficient the single and smaller groups spending THEIR OWN FUNDS they earned and accumulated through their delayed gratification.

All Tax spending IS INHERENTLY more wasteful then the one or few controlling funds they earned or were given by ancestors.

Long term, small government societies Always end up with MORE funds for government spending in less then 30 years, then near unity tax rate nations. See the very low,0 or even negative, growth rates of all Control freak economies vs their freer lower taxed neighbors.

Importing Too many immigrants that don't think the American System of small government & PERSONAL freedom is the source of our massive wealth, poses a risk to futurity of Freedom for all of Us.
Hopefully like other ethnic groups and races before now, these Un-American thinkers' children or Great-grandchildren will learn to value the boon of Freedom,& ethical business practices for buyers and sellers.

Let us not cause a New World wide Dark age by letting our "light on on Hill'... be over run by floods of barbarians choking our engines of freedom.

Letting the "Lifeboat" of our Republic be sunk by temporary "rescuing" a few tens of millions of refugees by breaking the Rules of Our Laws will only lead to a swamped boat, and All citizens and aliens, legal and illegal losing their freedom and wealth to support culture, for several generations.
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:01 AM   #42
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There is a lot of work in California for excavators and backhoes. The companies working on the freeways are always hiring and I've been told they pay $40 to $60 per hour plus benefits.

I have an A General Engineering license and I do excavating, underground utilities and public projects. I've also seen many people working for large companies quit their jobs when they were making $2400 per week and they started their own business. I argues with many of these people several times and told them they would be better off keeping their jobs that paid $2400 per week because they did not have what it takes to run their own business. i was right many times. One of those persons who started his own business just turned off his phone because he has several lawsuits for not paying his bills.

At first, I purchased two dump trucks, a backhoe, skip loader and an mini excavator. I always thought it was better to own the equipment, but the cost to get an 'A' driver's license, the huge trailer, the motor vehicle laws and the cost for labor for the licensed drives for vehicles with air brakes was killing me. So, I dumped my large equipment, kept the mini excavator, skip loader and I rent the backhoes and other equipment. When the equipment breaks I don't have to worry about repairs. My backhoe cost me $13,000 to rebuild the motor just before I sold it. Now, I can rent a backhoe and have it delivered and picked up for far less than what I paid when I owned the equipment.

If you want to come to Los Angeles contact me. I have been out of the underground business for a few years and I'm always thinking of getting back into it. I can get millions of dollars in work, but finding the employees who can do the work according to safe work practices has always been a challenge. The laws for working in public right-of-ways are very challenging and the fines are stiff. We hire traffic control companies, but we still get fined for their screw ups.

I can also be very difficult to work with since I am a stickler for details. Howard Hughes taught me that if you take care of the small details the big things are already takes care of. I go over blueprints and all the accounting 20 to 30 times before I take on a project. I use several different type of software programs to break down the cost for projects. I want my bids to include every item all the way down to how much bailing wire we need and how many drywall screws. No guestimates! But...I never lost money on a job that was the result of miscalculating a bid.
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There is a lot of work in California for excavators and backhoes. The companies working on the freeways are always hiring and I've been told they pay $40 to $60 per hour plus benefits.



I have an A General Engineering license and I do excavating, underground utilities and public projects. I've also seen many people working for large companies quit their jobs when they were making $2400 per week and they started their own business. I argues with many of these people several times and told them they would be better off keeping their jobs that paid $2400 per week because they did not have what it takes to run their own business. i was right many times. One of those persons who started his own business just turned off his phone because he has several lawsuits for not paying his bills.



At first, I purchased two dump trucks, a backhoe, skip loader and an mini excavator. I always thought it was better to own the equipment, but the cost to get an 'A' driver's license, the huge trailer, the motor vehicle laws and the cost for labor for the licensed drives for vehicles with air brakes was killing me. So, I dumped my large equipment, kept the mini excavator, skip loader and I rent the backhoes and other equipment. When the equipment breaks I don't have to worry about repairs. My backhoe cost me $13,000 to rebuild the motor just before I sold it. Now, I can rent a backhoe and have it delivered and picked up for far less than what I paid when I owned the equipment.



If you want to come to Los Angeles contact me. I have been out of the underground business for a few years and I'm always thinking of getting back into it. I can get millions of dollars in work, but finding the employees who can do the work according to safe work practices has always been a challenge. The laws for working in public right-of-ways are very challenging and the fines are stiff. We hire traffic control companies, but we still get fined for their screw ups.



I can also be very difficult to work with since I am a stickler for details. Howard Hughes taught me that if you take care of the small details the big things are already takes care of. I go over blueprints and all the accounting 20 to 30 times before I take on a project. I use several different type of software programs to break down the cost for projects. I want my bids to include every item all the way down to how much bailing wire we need and how many drywall screws. No guestimates! But...I never lost money on a job that was the result of miscalculating a bid.
Guess I've always been lucky - I only ever go over the plans to redline and do a take off once, and then run through one more time with my critical path spreadsheet and check it over to make sure I didn't miss anything.

20 -30 times - I'd never get anything done lol - and I get paid for residential proposals (or anything beyond a spitball ball park). Municipal the packets I go through more than once to make sure they didn't hide anything. MFs do it on purpose lol

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Old 10-03-2019, 11:59 PM   #44
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Oh i have a LOT to say. As for the OP who’s in somerset. I wish you posted something a year earlier. My dad is a GC originally from NY. We paid $34k for a septic install and rough grading for around 1 acre. Guy turned out to be a complete scumbag trying to milk us. He asked for $2400 for just moving dirt around although the price for grading was included w the septic for 34k. The adiditional $2400 was just the price of the contract and harley raking the topsoil or something plus $900 for 2-half days of work. We ended up telling him to just leave and he later threatened us to take us to the town saying we got the grading work done and we scammed him out of $3300 for grading.
Long story short. We moved from nyc. Dad ran a very successful contracting business, with endless work. Moved to central jersey, and no offense to anyone. The guy is right, the indians and other asians are awfully cheap. There’s a development across the street with no house under $1M. A lady refused a $900 paint job for 4 rooms including a great room with 17’ walls.
In NYC, people WERE NOT cheap bastards. Many italians, african american, hispanics, we worked for and never did they complain about quality or price. They’d literally say “when can u start” without even asking to negotiate the price. The lady refused a $900 paint job because she needed more time to get more quotes meanwhile her house is worth $1.37M with a panamera and range rover parked outside. It’s not just one person like this, many many people we have seen in new jersey are like this.
We moved here because of my sister and I going to college at Rutgers.
Business is damn slow and we’ve only done 2 jobs this entire year. A fencing job for $5k and a major leak repair for $1100. My dad and i are almost hopeless and plan to re-start business in NYC with our old loyal customers, which is a minimum 1 hour and 30 minute drive on weekdays plus commercial can toll $54 ONE way.

Anyone have ANY suggestions what to do? We’ve advertised online, made multiple social media accounts, posted good quality pictures, and made accounts everywhere trying to squeeze some free advertisements.
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I would recommend you spend more time doing marketing to increase awareness. Social media is booming right now and its a great way to inform people about your business. Keep updating your website including content such as pictures and videos.
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You said you spent $3,000 on Google Adwords and had no luck. What exactly happened? Did you have good tracking in place to track phone calls and form fills from your ads? Were you using Adwords Express? It sounds like there is adequate demand for the services you offer in the area, but for Adwords to be effective you need great tracking and a good understanding of how to setup the campaigns.

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