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Business vs DIY

Posted 12-21-2010 at 08:28 PM by hvactech126

Anyone can buy a part, just like anyone can purchase the products to build an airplane. However, can just anyone assemble the parts correctly to ensure the end user is safe? Why is it that so many people disregard the professional training that goes into becoming a top notch trades person. All they see is the price of the part. What about the cost of obtaining a trade certification, the continuing education, the liability insurance, fuel, vehicle maintenance, vehicle payments, insurances, office expenses, advertising, phone systems, banking fees, bad dept, capital depreciation, accounting and legal, workers comp, holiday pay, vacation pay, training pay, pension plans, benefits package, software and hardware costs, equipment costs, storage costs, cost of handling stock, warehousing costs, lights,utility costs, non billable time costs, office staff, answering services, bookkeeper costs, rent or lease costs, taxes, etc? Are we as trades people to absorb all these costs? Who is to absorb these costs? I guess we're supposed to sell the part at the same price as we purchase it for and then charge only for our time at the job, not for the non billable time, and some how try to cover all those other costs plus some how support our companies, our employees, and our families. Is it no wonder why there is a shortage of skilled trades people. When is someone going to start educating the public on the costs associated with running a business?
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