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”
Ontario Liberals, through the Ontario College of Trades, finding a way to pay the carpenters’ union back for their support
“Imagine homeowners having their renovations stopped immediately because they are using non-certified, non-union labour?”
Ontario’s new standards for Working at Heights training. If you aren’t aware of them, you risk fines, injury or death
There are two modules to the training. Not only will you avoid MoL fines if you take these courses, you will possibly save your life – or the lives of the workers you are legally required to protect.
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.
If you are working too many hours as a renovator or contractor, there are two bad things that can happen to you. One, you can burn out – have physical health problems. Two, you won’t be able to sell your business when you want to retire.
Alec Caldwell tips us off to a mandatory online course recently introduced in Ontario by the Ministry of Labour. Pretty well everyone in our industry has to complete it. It will take about 45 minutes to an hour.