As an IT contractor now, I follow some simple business rules and I have done well. I wish I had followed them when I was a renovator.
“Make sure the person you are workin for understands exactly to the letter what you are providing. And exactly what you are expecting from them in return. These are simple business skills.”
“We bent over for the Ontario College of Trades to pick our pockets”
Compulsory certification of the carpentry industry will cripple the construction industry in Ontario
Carpenters and renovators have, for the first couple of years of the Ontario College of Trades’ existence, been given the choice whether they wanted to pay OCOT’s fees or not. That could be over soon.
Garfield Dunlop, licensed plumber and Ontario MPP, launches private members’ bill to counter Ontario College of Trades
Dunlop argues that the Ontario College of Trades risks putting 85,000 apprentices out of (legal) work. His bill is attempting to stop this from happening.
It says it is conducting these surveys to determine “what counts” in a good renovation. However, the results will also provide lots of opportunities for Manitoba’s building trades bureaucrats to create additional “revenue tools.”
The CBC reports that Plateau-Mont Royal, a Montreal borough, is asking renovating homeowners to pay a fee worth 10 per cent of the value of their land if they renovate more than 35 per cent of their properties.
I’m a one man handyman… and the WSIB premium rate I was quoted was 9.1% on gross… How the hell do they justify this shakedown?
As Winston Churchill said in 1945, “Armies of civil servants: No longer servants and no longer civil.”
Comments from John about who is working for who when government bureaucracies squeeze more and more money from the tradesperson.
Some insight from veteran plumber Harry Veenstra about what it takes to start and grow your own contracting business, instead of working for someone else.
Renovation contractors can find it much harder to close a sale once negative reviews of their work appear online. Angie’s List, based in Indianapolis, has angered so many contractors that a boycott is now a possibility.