Kudos on taking the bull by the horn at 17 and reaching out to test the waters and look for guidance... :thumbsup:I am 17 years old and was wondering if carpentry would suit me as a career. I was wondering what the pay is like and what to expect.
There is no substitute for on the job experience. A good attitude is essential to making good money. Even with that, finding the right situations to work in is insanely important. The money will come, don't chase it right off the bat. Working alongside someone who knows the trade, and the business, is worth more dollars in the long run. There will come a time when you know your ready to move on from a situation. Waiting too long to move on is just as bad as not waiting long enough.I was trying to find some trade schools around but they seem to be pretty expensive, and that’s what I wonder if I should just start off as an apprentice!
I started as a carpenter's helper for a good, clean general contractor. Wouldn't have it any other way.
I got to meet and work with every other trade and learn how my job interacted with theirs.
Most importantly, I learned that the most important things were to simply show up every single day(on time) and listen and work. That's it. Don't make a big deal out of this. If you like it, just keep showing up on time and doing what you're told, to the best of your ability.
Within a couple years you'll have figured out if it's for you.
17 is impossibly young. You'll find out just how young it is when you're a little older. You've got a huge leg up on your peers if you're considering getting into the trades.
I know we don't really like to talk about exact wages on here, because every market is different, but if you can demonstrate that you can show up on time and work hard for a couple months, you'll be making well beyond minimum wage. If you can do that for five years and show that you have an interest in making this a career, you'll be making much better money than other people in your age group. On top of that, you'll be doing it without the burden of student debt, and WITH the knowledge of how to repair a distressed property, which can really make you some money.
Good luck, man!
Me and a couple buddies lost our ass on the second house we all bought together. When I say lost our ass we built WAY too nice of a house for 3 bachelors, paid the mortgage for 3 years and sold it for what we had in it. We took 75k from the first house we bought and remodeled and sold, put it into the second house and instead of selling the second one as soon as it was done - probably doubling our investment the bottom fell out of the market. And we basically lost our initial investment.If some holy grail 17 year old were to actually listen to those older than him and capitalize on his youth like we all should have done more of, he could be absolutely set by 40.
Work hard, buy a ****ty house in an up and coming neighborhood before you're 25. Buy a second before you're 40.
It's what i should have done, but i didn't listen. Now I'm a parent and it takes me twice as long to make a dollar. All decisions must be brought before what might as well be a congressional committee for the amount of time and brain work that goes into it.
At 17, I was like, "whoa, so you're saying you'll let me sleep under the staircase in your cool apartment in the city, for only $500 a month!? Hell yeah!"
More like 30.You'll make much better money than others in your age group until you hit about 40 and then those same people will be making more than you unless you start your own gig. Generally speaking of course.