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Old 03-11-2013, 05:06 PM   #1
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My state homebuilder license board say if I keep my job under $10,000 but I still need a city contractor license. I am wondering if I can do small garages as part of my carpentry business for under 10 grand.

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Old 03-11-2013, 05:19 PM   #2
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Why don't you ask the Board or the local AHJ?

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Never thought about that, thanks for the suggest.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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Have you ever erected a Steel Building?
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Nope, I am talking about wooden garages.
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I might be able to build a garage for 10k if it is for one motorcycle.

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Old 03-11-2013, 05:40 PM   #7
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Maybe just sticking with storage building problemly would better.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:27 PM   #8
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In your area you might get a garage built for close to that----no frost---no snow load---

But start with sheds and smaller structures-----
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I always recommend to people before building something go and repair homes for a while. you will learn real quick what not to do , then go build stuff the right way
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I will start with building sheds and repair work. Are flyers the best way to get work?
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Flyers are a good place to start, also an ad in the local newspaper/local convenience store, the best way is networking, go out and talk to as many people as you can, hang out at the coffee shop/lumberyard. Make sure that your work is top quality so that your customers will recommend you to their friends and you can use them as references. Good luck.
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CJ---always have some business cards handy---give them to friends and family---chat up interested people --and get one job----

Be neat and do a good job--take pictures as you work----pictures will help you sell---

A box with fliers and pictures, stuck out by the side walk , so curious people can get you name might help.

Selling yourself can be the hardest part of this trade-----you must be able to make people feel confident that you will be the man for the job---

Pictures help you do that----also you must be confident in yourself---

"Yes.Mam. I can do that.---Let's talk about what you need-----
Here, Look at this job I just finished---It is similar to what you want---"

Starting out is tough, but you must be honest and believable when you don't have a lot of experience----

" Yes,Mam. I've never done one of those , but I've done similar work and I'm sure I can make one that you will like----"

People smell a line of BS from a long way off----so continue being the honest guy you are--it will work for you---

After you figure out what a fair price will be----learn to explain why it costs what it does---
discounting the correct price will put you out of business----

1-You will go broke and might not even have the funds to finish the job.

2--you will have to do poor quality work to meet a poor budget---and no one will be happy.

Much better--" Oh, just come on over an look at the work CJ did for me! It's so much nicer that I was expecting!"

This is the comment you want to hear---' I spent more than I wanted to, but I love it!"

--Good luck----Mike----Small steps----Sheds----deck furniture---mail box posts---exterior trim---
Treat every task like it will be the sales tool for the next job and the next job will come---
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Well, that was long winded---------
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yes it was Mike.

I do hope CJ takes it to heart.

Good guy, I am rooting for him and hope he doesn't fall prey to people trying to take advantage of him.
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Thanks once again Mike, you gave very good advise. Word of mouth is all you really need if you follow Mike's advise.

Makes real sure you do not underbid your jobs. watch for any type of add ons or changes from the original agreement. Answer your phone as if it is a very important call. It will mostly be fake customers trying to sell you stuff.

Hello, I need my garage built, do you take credit cards, this can lead to you being rude to legitimate customers.

Find a business in your area then go down their list of where they advertised, yeloow pages, facebook , make a youtube video. You can get what you need from Vista print, buy nice plain cards. But as Mike told you if you do top quality work you will be busy all the time.

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