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Hello Fellow Contractors,

I am new to the biz and is in the process of setting up my office and preparing a business plan. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advbance...T
 

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Hello All

Thanks for the warm welcome! DuBois is my last name and my business is in San Diego, CA. I have been searching through the post and have found alot of valuable info.

Great to see the support among fellow contractors!!!
 

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Welcome to the business. Become a number cruncher/watcher, prepair a budget, and your goals, then get the word out. Their are tons of good programs out there and most are free and/or inexpensive. I have had excellent results with marketing so I now am providing marketing services for contractors and other businesses.

What kind of work do you provide? If you can't find bid work, then go after jobs $500 or less like handyman work (service business) and collect after work completed so you have plenty of cash flow. All this is availalbe out their. The main thing is to add on a service divsion (residential) so you have constant cash-flow so you can survive tuff times. If you don't like service and/or residential, it may be require you to hussle more. Stay honest and you can do very well.

I keep my business very flexible so I can adapt to market conditions. That is key.
 

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Welcome to the business. Become a number cruncher/watcher, prepair a budget, and your goals, then get the word out. Their are tons of good programs out there and most are free and/or inexpensive. I have had excellent results with marketing so I now am providing marketing services for contractors and other businesses.

What kind of work do you provide? If you can't find bid work, then go after jobs $500 or less like handyman work (service business) and collect after work completed so you have plenty of cash flow. All this is availalbe out their. The main thing is to add on a service divsion (residential) so you have constant cash-flow so you can survive tuff times. If you don't like service and/or residential, it may be require you to hussle more. Stay honest and you can do very well.

I keep my business very flexible so I can adapt to market conditions. That is key.
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Hello Fellow Contractors,

I am new to the biz and is in the process of setting up my office and preparing a business plan. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advbance...T
This has saved me a lot of money - know the codes! I carry codes books (especially the commentary versions) in the truck and usually have Code Check Complete in my hand. I recently hired a crew to lay blocks for a foundation on a remodel I'm working on. They used the wrong type of mortar (type "n" instead of "s"), so I was quickly able to pull out the codes and made them rip it out and start over.
 

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Welcome!!! I think you'll find good posts here, great threads to find what you're looking for. I'm aspiring to become a GC my self. I started in Illinois at a roofing company in Rockford, worked for/with a fella by the name of Jim Dubois at Residential Roofing... any relation? Jim was a great guy. any way, welcome and enjoy, good luck.
 
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