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Hello and Happy New Year!

I've been considering applying to take the Building Contractor licensing exam here in NC but I was hoping some of you could give me a little advice. I am questioning whether it is the right choice for me.

I've worked for specialty contractors and general contractors over the years as well as attaining four years of college (Architecture)(and mom and dad did not send me, I worked part time and paid my own way). I've worked in lot of capacities (design, drafting, estimating, BOM prep, field inspections, carpentry and masonry work). I've also worked at land surveying and engineering firms.

Basically, I just want to go into business for myself. I know the economy is out to lunch right now and that our industry suffers from it. I'm not looking to get rich, I'm just looking to play a bigger role in the industry that I am passionate about. I know no one can tell me if it is the right or wrong decision but me, but I was hoping for some pointers from some of you who took the route.

All input is greatly appreciated.
 

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BY all means rhett if you've ever do anything in this life that God gave you GO INTO BUSINESS FOR YOURSELF. Joint the ones that are living life to the fullest. On this planet there are two worlds the exciting one with for hopes and dreams that come true and the other where you just punch in and punch out.
Mike
 

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It sounds like your passionate about what you do and the is the best tool you may have. Get started , make a plan, and good luck to you.

There is plenty here and out there about getting started, Mission,

A big start up question - is the Why ? - you must have to answer yourself.

Good Luck !
Terry
 

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Well I think Mike Stanislaw hit on it some with the "punch in, punch out" comment. Having been in the corporate world for a few years now I have started to get the feeling of being "assimilated".;) I'm in my 30's now and feel like a change is in order.

It's been a learning experience and an interesting ride. Heck, my first job when I was a teenager was lacing tires at the local landfill. That's just what was available in the rural area where I grew up.

Mainly it is about wanting to have the power to make decisions concerning quality: quality of workmanship, quality of labor, quality of materials, etc.

What are some of the creative solutions available when the budget is airtight?
 

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You sound exactly like me when it comes to college and work experience. I put in my 2 weeks notice in yesterday. I have worked the last eight years as an engineer out of college. The best thing that I did was to work a 12 hour shift. I had to work every other weekend but on my short week I only had to go in on we'd and thurs.

I already had all my tools and a cargo trailer since I have 8 rental properties and built our own home. All of which I worked for and busted my a$$ for. Started getting side jobs to get out of debt. Hired a damn good lead guy and paid him well. Worked the company up to 2 crews and 5 guys.

It was tough slot of late nights and early mornings doing bids and getting materials ready. You need a work ethic, an understanding wife, and the good lord. I wish you the best.

Call me if you need encouragement. 830.534.3443
 
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