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Forum: Business 09-11-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 129
Posted By jwatts
Making a contract several months out

This might be an odd question but I'm getting booked up through the year and I'm wondering if it's out of the ordinary to send a contract now that has an unknown start date that's so far away. I...
Forum: Landscaping 08-19-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 106
Posted By jwatts
Rational method and nomograph

Trying to understand the rational method for determining flow rate and applying it to nomograph to figure out the diameter of pipe Iíll need to drain the roof. All downspouts currently drain to a...
Forum: Business 01-08-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By jwatts
Do you give your clients a rate for each of your workers?

I'm not doing a bid with one particular client because it's a complicated job and things change almost daily so I'm just invoicing them once a week for labor and materials. I'm just wondering if...
Forum: Business 01-08-2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 795
Posted By jwatts
No joke.

No joke.
Forum: Business 01-08-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 795
Posted By jwatts
1099-ing your subs

I hired quite a few subs last year (yes they were actual subs) and now doing my taxes remembering that I'm supposed to send them each a 1099. But then I realized that I'm a contractor and my...
Forum: Business 01-05-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 506
Posted By jwatts
How much should I pay a foreman?

New at this, I need to hire a guy to be the leader of my small landscaping team. The most qualified person I could find isn't the most experienced but he does good work and is good at leading. ...
Forum: Business 12-07-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 611
Posted By jwatts
Thanks. So what do you charge for yourself if...

Thanks. So what do you charge for yourself if you are onsite and just supervising?
Forum: Business 12-06-2019, 10:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 611
Posted By jwatts
So what's a reasonable rate? I don't know what...

So what's a reasonable rate? I don't know what my competitors are charging.
Forum: Business 12-05-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,990
Posted By jwatts
Forum: Business 12-05-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 611
Posted By jwatts
Billing clients by the hour for management

How do you bill for your time when you are only supervising? I used to charge $80/hr for myself and $30/hr for each employee (when I was working alongside them), but now I’ve got more people I’m...
Forum: Contractor Licensing 06-02-2016, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,107
Posted By jwatts
while waiting to become licensed

I just dropped my California landscaping contractors license application in the mail yesterday. This morning I received an offer for doing a job that's larger than I am legally allowed to do until I...
Forum: Business 03-31-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,113
Posted By jwatts
Taxes: cost of doing businss vs goods sold

I do landscaping and am wondering about how to report deductions for things that I buy in bulk (such as fertilizer or irrigation tubing) and use here and there on projects. I don't charge my...
Forum: Contractor Licensing 09-08-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,113
Posted By jwatts
Mike, this is in regards to construction and...

Mike, this is in regards to construction and installation, not maintenance.
Forum: Contractor Licensing 09-08-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,113
Posted By jwatts
I agree, this is the definition of what a...

I agree, this is the definition of what a licensed person does, but is misleading. An unlicensed gardener can do unlimited amounts of maintenance. I just heard back from my business mgt class...
Forum: Contractor Licensing 09-07-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,113
Posted By jwatts
Thank you, M&R. I plan on getting my license...

Thank you, M&R. I plan on getting my license once I have my ducks in a row, but until then I just want to know what I'm allowed to do.
Forum: Contractor Licensing 09-07-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,113
Posted By jwatts
Clearly.

Clearly.
Forum: Contractor Licensing 09-07-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,113
Posted By jwatts
Why not do a million other needless things while...

Why not do a million other needless things while I'm at it? What if I'm happy without a license and getting one isn't necessary?

Why not just address the question I originally asked? I get the...
Forum: Contractor Licensing 09-07-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,113
Posted By jwatts
My jobs are usually under $500 anyway. I just...

My jobs are usually under $500 anyway. I just want to be able to advertise. When my clients want big stuff done I refer then to a contractor. So you should be glad to have guys like me stimulating...
Forum: Contractor Licensing 09-07-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,113
Posted By jwatts
Dude, all I'm trying to do is ask for...

Dude, all I'm trying to do is ask for clarification about what the law says. This is a yes or no question. Are you telling me that pruning small trees requires a license too? That's all I'm asking!
Forum: Contractor Licensing 09-07-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,113
Posted By jwatts
Thanks Bob, I am aware of what the license IS. ...

Thanks Bob, I am aware of what the license IS. My question pertains to what exactly I can get away with WITHOUT one. Anyone else?
Forum: Contractor Licensing 09-06-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,113
Posted By jwatts
LIcensing question

Does the $500 limit on unlicensed work only apply to installations?

What about:

- Design
- Pruning
- Consulting

If I want to do nothing but prune existing fruit trees in the landscape,...
Forum: Landscaping 08-05-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,713
Posted By jwatts
Ok I think what I've gathered now after talking...

Ok I think what I've gathered now after talking to some local contractors is to lump all costs together as business expenses, keeping that amount separate from labor but not necessarily itemizing.
Forum: General Discussion 04-20-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,705
Posted By jwatts
Chris: everyone on this thread disagrees with...

Chris: everyone on this thread disagrees with your advice: https://www.contractortalk.com/f7/tax-question-147653/#post2000393

You still think this is a good idea?
Forum: Landscaping 04-18-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,713
Posted By jwatts
Tax question

Someone from another thread recommends not itemizing materials on clients invoices, and just lumping it together with labor. Then at tax time just claiming everything as "costs of doing business",...
Forum: General Discussion 04-12-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,705
Posted By jwatts
Correct, it was costs of goods sold. But I still...

Correct, it was costs of goods sold. But I still made more profit than the amount of the goods sold, so when they were subtracted by turbotax I would have still had a net gain, and been taxed on...
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