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Old 06-14-2011, 12:43 AM   #1
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I am a licensed painting contractor in Oregon. I am self employed and have been doing this for 4 years. I am a vet U.S Army S.F I am over 50 and still work as hard as men much younger. What I lack in experience I make up for in my ability to research, well almost make up. That is after all why I joined this forum. It seams once I get my foot in the door home owners are always asking can you do this or that. So I have expanded from straight paint jobs to just about everything else. I hate to use the term Handy man but you get the picture. I find myself at times over whelmed with problem jobs customers have and because these jobs are not money makers most other contractors wont go after them. Anyway here I stand humbly ready and willing to learn. Atlas
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:51 AM   #2
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The responsibilities of a paint contractor are not uncumbersome. Imagine those of a GC. Is it worth it to you? I have found that referrals to specific carpenters, electricians, lawn service providers and even other GC's provide a reimbursement far superior in references than setting up my rolling toolbox (worktruck/van/trailer) and making that whole process occur. Some of those people I refer work to make quite a few stops a day to various residences. Being superior with my service makes it easy for them to refer me. I thank them however I can.

Then there is the option of becoming a GC. All those I work for have pretty impressive houses themselves. Really I couldn't imagine placing any more responsibilities on myself without aquiring the type of raise that would come with being a GC myself.

In my tiny little town General Contractor infers a bit more respect than Handyman. Specializing as a painting contractor makes most HO's feel more comfortable in choosing us. So they say anyway.

Then there is this. I do love my customers I do I do I do. Some realize the potential for a bargain and are not fearful to ask for this or that irregardless of how much money you will leave laying on the table.
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Well put FatherandSon!
You might look for a group like BIN or Chamber of Commerce for you to find other trades to send referrals to, and they in turn will send referrals to you. In some areas there are licensing and insurance restrictions that make doing other scopes of work a little tricky.
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Where abouts in Oregon are you located?
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I have been down that road before.
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Are you talking about the book? Or what.
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Are you talking about the book? Or what.
No, just my interpretation of what the word shrugged meant.
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It was my foiled attempt at a homage to Atlas Shrugged, the Ayn Rand novel
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It was my foiled attempt at a homage to Atlas Shrugged, the Ayn Rand novel
I did not connect the dots. I did not have the gusto to read the book but I listened to the 52hr audiobook.
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