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Old 10-10-2011, 08:23 PM   #16
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You want to get paid fairly for your work. But don't think the GC(which is basically how he makes money) shouldn't make any money on your work. This pretty much shows you don't know the business end. Along with your phrase of not having the "overhead".

Approach him for a raise. If he says no. Go somewhere else.

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Old 10-10-2011, 08:31 PM   #17
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I'd quit tomorrow if I could, I have a mortgage payment, a two year old and one on the way, car payment...I just feel stuck. I'm sick of busting my body everyday. Doesn't seem fair that he makes almost has much as I do an hour by making money of his guys. We have 3 guys working and I'm pretty sure he gets 5 an hour off each of us. I am very good at the business end I promise you please stop hurting my confidence by saying that If I insulted anyone here I'm sorry.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:31 PM   #18
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It was not my intention to chew on you. As a subcontractor, you have freedom to work for whoever at whatever price. Have you talked to other contractors? Sounds like you are being treated like an employee by working for only one GC. That can be a slippery slope with the IRS, Workers Comp, and Unemployment.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:35 PM   #19
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I'd quit tomorrow if I could, I have a mortgage payment, a two year old and one on the way, car payment...I just feel stuck. I'm sick of busting my body everyday. Doesn't seem fair that he makes almost has much as I do an hour by making money of his guys. We have 3 guys working and I'm pretty sure he gets 5 an hour off each of us. I am very good at the business end I promise you please stop hurting my confidence by saying that If I insulted anyone here I'm sorry.

If you are truely a subcontractor. Then you work for yourself, and receive a 1099. If you don't work for yourself, your an employee, and receive a W2. So which are you?
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I was told as long as I do small side jobs once in a while there's nothing they can say, which I do. But I am going to talk to other contractors and also other subs. I really want to get my electricians license, I took it in highschool plus worked as an apprentice for a year just never followed threw. Kicking myself now.
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Sub man, I pay for my own insurance under my own business name. Also pay taxes under my business name. Makes me a sub.
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What's with you guys you just out to belittle people?
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Sub man, I pay for my own insurance under my own business name. Also pay taxes under my business name. Makes me a sub.
Then go out and find other work. As a sub, you have the freedom to find other GCs to work for.
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What's with you guys you just out to belittle people?

Your asking these questions on a DIY (Do It Yourself) site. not a contractors site.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:42 PM   #25
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I am man, all I wanted on here was to find out rates for a sub... Nothing precise just an idea. Its going to come to that, going to set my rate and that's it.
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Then why are all these DIYers so opinionated on "business end". Just wanted to know what people...regular people would pay for services.
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I'm gonna delete this thread... It has been no help what so ever.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:48 PM   #28
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Try joining our sister site. http://www.contractortalk.com/forum.php
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I'm gonna delete this thread... It has been no help what so ever.
It may not seem like it to you now but you got some good advice here tonight T and some day you’ll look back and realize it.

If you want to be an electrician the go for it. Find someone that will take you on even if it means less money for a while.

Just don’t burn the bridge with your uncle, you just may need him again some day.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:53 PM   #30
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And another thing...

It is not the bosses fault that you have a mortgage, kids, bills, etc. I would never pay anyone a dime more because of those things. You are paid on ability. As a sub, you should request what you think your abilities merit. If he doesn't want to pay, you can settle for less, or go somewhere else. It isreally that simple.

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