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since you're a framer, have you thought of starting a framing company ? i'm sure you know good guys to hire to get the work done. you could be on site keeping an eye on things without strapping tools on, so u won't hurt yourself. Your overhead will be much smaller than a GC in terms of equipment (which you could find used) and office expenses. Hire guys as you need them and lay them off when you don't need them.
 

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If you do not have cash to start a business (since you are injured, and relitivley new to the field, you could have a hard time finding a loan) and given your injuries I agree estimateing may be the way to go for now. Either way it would be a great learning experience for if you do go into business for yourself.

Make yourself marketable by learning Xactimate 25 (estimateing software used by GC's who mainly do insurance work) and look into the IICRC training courses. This will make you extremely marketable to those GC's.

I guess the bottom line is to try and get specialized with something.
 
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