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Old 10-24-2014, 03:47 PM   #21
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Although there are crews out here that do amazing work as well. Guess its just my boss
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:11 PM   #22
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Make a resume if they want one so bad. Google some stuff and see how to do it.

If they want a reference, give them a previous employer other than this guy. And when they ask why you didn't list him, tell them he's not doing things how he should be and you want to do better.

You'll know they're halfway decent if they agree he's a jerkoff. Maybe they'll even feel some empathy for you and your situation, knowing you know how thing should work, and maybe they'll even offer you a job.
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who says you need a reference? go on craigslist and call about any carpentry jobs that sound good. the sooner, the better. but there's no way you're ready to go out on your own after 2 years. you'll drown.
I went out on my own after 2 years. It was a mess at first, but I've finally got a pretty good handle on it. I've made plenty of mistakes, been taken advantage of, but I learned from it all and have myself in a pretty good position. But if I were to do it all over again, I would have stuck it out as an employee for another 5 years or so.
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I went out on my own after 2 years. It was a mess at first, but I've finally got a pretty good handle on it. I've made plenty of mistakes, been taken advantage of, but I learned from it all and have myself in a pretty good position. But if I were to do it all over again, I would have stuck it out as an employee for another 5 years or so.
What kind of jobs did u do at first
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What kind of jobs did u do at first
A lot of small stuff. Mostly drywall and repair stuff, then I started picking stuff up off of craigslist for a while. I picked up a couple jobs for homeowner gc's which sucked.

Then I got in a with a real estate agent who does a lot of flips. I ended up doing a lot of work on his personal home soon after that, and got a ton of referrals from him. He gives my name out a lot when he sells houses now which is pretty nice. I don't work on his flips anymore because I'm too expensive for that these days.

Starting it like that has been rough though, I'm still learning and growing. I'm really trying hard to get myself into the high end market in my area now. It's kinda tough because so much work comes through referrals, and most of my client base isn't in that market right now.
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Move to New Jersey, I'll hire you. Unless you talk like you're from Fall River. There's no getting around that. Saaaaahrry.
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Yes I think you should keep dragging yourself to jobsites for a while longer. Maybe not with the same employer...but stay employed. Doing side jobs would be a plus, As long as it doesn't interfere with your job or you "future boss". (don't want to step on any toes)
Not only for the experience, but it's the perfect time to make either mental notes or write them down on how long a particular task takes you. A database of that will be invaluable when you do decide to kick off on your own.

Wouldn't hurt to get knowledgeable about business during that time. Either by night school or just reading (if your disciplined).

Start a Business savings account NOW. I wish I would have had at least 6 months to a year of operating expenses.

Read, read, read industry magazines, books whatever!
AND last but not least stay tuned to C.T. !!!
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Jump on with an established remodeling company.

The problem solving skills you will develop from that experience will be much more rewarding and one step closer to going out on your own.

X2 with silva bros.

If you can get an interview with them, don't hesitate.
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Haha don't think that's a realistic option but I wouldn't
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Get an online membership to fine homebuilding and journal of light construction, that way you have access to all of their back issues. Lots of good knowledge there. I wouldn't bother with an actual subscription to fine homebuilding anymore, but the online database is nice.

And yeah, side jobs and start up capital are a great idea. I started out on a shoestring budget and was terrified of going broke for years...
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I'm in the Boston area, I would love to start somewhere new, but I'm sure if I left for a new job my boss would give me a ****ty reference. I'm his go to guy as of now and because my crew is on the older side and most have back problems I pick up a lot of the slack so I could see him being a bit spiteful about it
F- your boss...

We do most of our work in the Sudbury, Concord, Lexington area. Any decent employer will at least make a attempt to help you with fuel because his crappy crew is not prepared. The 10-99 thing is a tell tale sign your boss is a douche.
Around here we are going strong into the winter months. At this point in time and through the winter I have unlimited OT. My employer is begging me for extra hours.
If I were in your shoes I would find a quality remodeler and work with him for a few years. Then think about a start up.
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Contact this group and let them know you want to attend a meeting and network with remodelers. http://www.bragb.org
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F- your boss...

We do most of our work in the Sudbury, Concord, Lexington area. Any decent employer will at least make a attempt to help you with fuel because his crappy crew is not prepared. The 10-99 thing is a tell tale sign your boss is a douche.
Around here we are going strong into the winter months. At this point in time and through the winter I have unlimited OT. My employer is begging me for extra hours.
If I were in your shoes I would find a quality remodeler and work with him for a few years. Then think about a start up.
If there's ever an opening let me know I live in maynard
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If there's ever an opening let me know I live in maynard
"Only in Maynard"
There is a lot of good builders and remodelers with nice projects around you. Finding a good job should not be hard.
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Haha don't think that's a realistic option but I wouldn't
You're gonna have to " splain that one, Lucy."
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You're gonna have to " splain that one, Lucy."
Getting an interview with Silva bros.
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Getting an interview with Silva bros.
No, I got that.

Why don't you think that's realistic?
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I figure a company like that has limited space for inexperienced carpenters
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I figure a company like that has limited space for inexperienced carpenters
Never know, unless you ask.

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I figure a company like that has limited space for inexperienced carpenters
I've seen where they take apprentices and teach them. And I emailed them once about a job, the got right back to me. Things didn't work out but he all they can say is no.

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