I have been working for myself for almost a year now and I have reached a very important decision point. I worked for a GC as an employee for almost 6 years, learning a lot and building my tool and equipment the whole time. I got my license, W/C and insurance and pushed to price work by the job. After being persistent I was given the opportunity to frame my first house, so I got a couple of guys to work for me and we stayed steady all year and I was able to be profitable.
However the GC has made some poor business choices and put himself in a position of robbing Peter to pay Paul. Don't get me wrong I have always been paid in full in a timely manner, but he has started to drive pricing down and put me in a position where it is becoming very hard to be profitable. I have been putting in a lot of effort in making new contacts and get some different opportunities to start to break away, but I am having a tough time having any success.
I have expressed my opinions on the matter and he keeps side stepping me and beating around the bush. I have been his most dependable person he has had and I go out of my way to try to make this situation work. He has a lot of work coming up and I know he needs me and my employees to get it done but I am ready to give him a ultimatum and walk if he doesn't agree to my terms. I hate to walk away but I know I could be working within a week making enough to support my family.
I am looking for any advice or suggestions you guys might have. I appreciate any advice you can give.
I have been working for myself for almost a year now and I have reached a very important decision point. I worked for a GC as an employee for almost 6 years, learning a lot and building my...