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Hello all, I have been in the trades for 20+ years and finally got my General Contractors license in Michigan. What next? Not sure if I continue the handyman thing or now I can really advertise (legally). Any advice would be great. What things do I need to "look out" for? What I need to do now to keep legal/comply? I know google... I like my information from people who know. Thanks
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For what its worth; First the donts:
Dont: get involved in Steel Building franchises,
Dont: answer phone calls from 800 numbers or area codes outside your working radius.
Dont :get a website!
Dont: spend un necessary money trying to look like a bigshot.

DO: get General Liability Insurance
Do: Compile a list of references from all your prior customers
Do: ask these referenceses for referrals, get some gift cards or something to encourage their help.
Do: be ethical
DO: work hard, knock on doors, market your capabilities (and never stop)

The rest will work itself out

Good luck and congratulations!
 

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Thats exactly what they are doing . Oh and there is a bunch of them. And they all want your money! Remember why you started this business is to make money, not give it to some jerk who doesn't know you.
 

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I agree with most but..

a website might be too expensive from the get go but it should absolutely be a part of your long term plan. I've owned a painting company for 18 years. I started out marketing through print media..mainly direct mail flyers, directories and magazines. I have shifted my whole budget to the internet because that's where it's paying off.

Like anything else, you need to educate yourself before you hire.
 

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Oh I'm educating. How do I find those niche suppliers tucked away in industrial areas? I'm seeing having your license opens up doors / discounts and am finding a lot of information about the trade. I should have gotten my license 20 years ago. Idiot.
 

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Gombido quotes:

"Dont: answer phone calls from 800 numbers or area codes outside your working radius."

"DO: work hard, knock on doors, market your capabilities (and never stop)"

"Thats exactly what they are doing . Oh and there is a bunch of them. And they all want your money! Remember why you started this business is to make money, not give it to some jerk who doesn't know you"

No disrespect at all Gombido but..
I find it comical that you call telemarketers jerks but in the next breath advise to knock on peoples doors.

I'm not sure if that was meant to be literal but cold calling and banging on peoples doors while there eating dinner are both unethical IMO.
 
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