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I've been a vinyl siding installer for 10 years and just got my license. I'm wanting to become a General contractor. I need advice on how to become one without having to take too much of a paycut by apprenticing for 4 years
 

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Tough question with a broad scope. Well you can start with a few business courses, know how to read plans, know how to schedule, you should know a little bit about all the other trades - mechanical, plumbing, electrical, framing, drywall, painting, etc..etc. Then you'll need to get a contractor license (maybe that's what you said in your post) - depending on where you are will depend on what you need to get. Contact your State Dept of Labor. Then get a local business license - sometimes not needed. Contact your building department for their inspection listing. Learn how to do take-offs and bids professionally. Know how to bid subcontractors fairly.
This could go on and on.. could you be more specific?
 
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