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Old 03-12-2013, 08:54 AM   #16
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Thanks for the advise guys.

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If I can get my small 12x20 garage built, I will do bathroom vanitys and bookcases, built-ins, closets as well.
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remember to get good at building and small steps, CJ.

Don't expand too quick in other words.
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Keep in mind the customers point of view. He/she may not always understand what is going on inside the wall, but they do notice the crap you left in the yard, the not showing up when promised, and the phone calls never returned.
Sometimes this is what you will be judged on.
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Exactly, as Mike said, run a clean job.
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Yes I am a good builder!
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CJ, all this is good advice, another tip is when you tell someone you will be there at a certain time, make sure you are. Try to give the customer just a little more than they asked for but not change anything, try to make the next job just a little better than the last one.

You can learn a lot from your customers also, just an example: Years back I was doing a job and the lady told me she wanted English paneling in her library, I said no problem. I had no idea what English paneling was at that time. When it was time to do the paneling, I told the lady there were several ways to do English paneling and wanted to be sure it was the way she wanted it, as this was her home. The lady told me in detail exactly what she wanted, she was happy and so was I.

If you don't know how to do something, the library is full of books to tell you how, also now days you can find it online. Like Mike said, breaking into the business and getting your name out there is the hardest part, don't get discouraged, it takes time.
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I will start with building sheds and repair work. Are flyers the best way to get work?
I have quite a few contractors that get a lot of work by advertising on Craigs List. Best thing about it is that its free.
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Post an add in local newspaper. Leave card on board at local lumber company. Plus word of mouth at local coffee shop.
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Thanks guys, I hope I can get something started soon. I need to be working.
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As you are starting out on this career: biggest problem for me was trying to do things by the book. May be it was the kinds of customers I met. But I think I lost lot of customers by arguing over if permit was necessary. It sort of became a cat and mouse game over fees and the property tax.
For the job you are proposing, you must get the paperwork, but depending on the job competition in your area, don't take every bit of responsibility on yourself.

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