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Many people don't trust contractors. As a contractor, let me say there are at least 5 types of contractors out there. Choose the right one for you.
1. Home-Based contractors. They can be good at what they do. But they have never been serious enough to grow and to be open to the public. Unlikely they will be able to handle a really big volume of work that requires a lot of organization. You can only do so much out of your basement.
2. Paper contractors. They have an office and sometimes someone in that office, but the majority of the work is done by vendors and subcontractors. All liabilities are also shifted to them. They rarely have employees, benefits, or room to grow. They can do a big volume of work but will be "shopping around" to find someone who will actually do the work. They will take almost any project and find almost anyone to make it happen. Demand controls work flow here.
3. Smartphone contractors. I call them "minimum wage contractors." Modern chuck in a truck. Chuck's got a smartphone now.
Usually home-based or paper contractors who spend a good portion of the day facebooking, you-tubing, online dating, gaming etc. I met many of those. How do they make money? They are fine with the profit from 2-3 projects per week that generates little more money then flipping burgers and they seem to be happy with it.
Their spouses usually work too, so why bother to work harder when you can pretend to work, and still make some money that society will call "providing for the family" - does the amount count? What's minimum wage for contractors? They always find excuses why they don't have more jobs, why jobs take so long, and why not many people hire them.
4. Retail specialty contractors. My favorite: they found their niche, they focus on what they do and on customer service. This type will not take "any job" because it will side track them. They have goals to hit, and they are too busy to do what they do best: their trade.
Usually they have employees they train, and most grow 20-30% every year. They have an office, receptionist, some systems, and some struggles and growing pains. They are nice, play by the rules, and take proud in their their work more then their prices.
5. Mega contractors. Selling machines. It's all about money and profits. What truly matters is not product they install but wheels on new fancy car, new boat at boss's cabin, and fancy vacations 3-4 times a year. Will change names every couple years to hide complaints. Worst warranties. Employees retention can be a real struggle here, since profit goal eats culture. They will door-knock till the door is broken open, cold call you till you have their number blocked, and will promise and say anything you want to hear to get your job.
What contractor would you like to hire?
What contractor do you want to be?
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