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Old 06-12-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. Well I lost my job a week ago at fedex and when I called my wife to tell her,she said thats ok its time to start your own business. I grew up in the plastering trade, helping my dad as long as I can remember (I'm 38 now). He retired about 15 years ago and I should have taken over the business but I was young and dumb. I have always done side jobs for friends and done lots of interior and exterior painting and interior finishing. I feel that growing up around job sites I have a good general knowledge of the trade. So here I am, a week unemployed and I have 3 jobs lined up and started 1 last week, I hope thats a good sign. Oh and btw my wife owns a print shop and has printed bus. cards and 2 part proposal sheets already. I got the insurance and bus. bank account already. Any advice or words of encouragement are much needed since getting fired still stings a bit. I think I am done with corperate America!
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:29 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are off to a proper start. Glad to see you are setting it up to be legit. Is a license required in your area?

Are you working solo? Hiring a crew? Keep track of your production rates. Good luck.
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We started somewhere.

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Welcome to the forum! There's plenty here to read and "bone up" on for you new adventure. Good luck, and stick around!
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Going to stick with the smal jobs for now till things get rolling. I will get contractors liscense now that insurance is complete. I've been reading alot on here; there is alot of good info. Thanks.
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I do veneer plastering - and if there is anything worse than the painting trade, it's the plastering trade.
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I do veneer plastering - and if there is anything worse than the painting trade, it's the plastering trade.
Rumor is Dan that some people actually enjoy this trade.
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Welcome to the forum! Like the others said, read read read!
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Rumor is Dan that some people actually enjoy this trade.
Man, that's hard to believe.
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Man, that's hard to believe.
Not really, there are even people out there that like to be peed on. That makes this gig seem gravy.
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Not really, there are even people out there that like to be peed on. That makes this gig seem gravy.
What have i told you about those sites! Your gonna get an infection in your, um, computer!
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I do veneer plastering - and if there is anything worse than the painting trade, it's the plastering trade.
Did you REALLY go there?
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welcome and best of luck
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Welcome and lots of luck on your new business.
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