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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."


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March 7, 2014 by Steve Payne

Wow.

We really liked this post from Robert Stevens, who works in computers now, but used to be a renovator.

He says that he’s learned some simple business rules in the computer business that, had he followed them as a renovator, would have made him much more successful…

“Wow. This fight against anyone who wants to work as a renovator is getting crazy….

I guess first things first. It doesn’t really matter what a person does for a living, wheather they are a 30-year veteran of the renovation business or a cab driver. If you care about the work you do for someone and have the proper skills to do that work, these are the most important things. If you are a licensed contractor but do lousy work or a part-time person doing whatever profession you do, but you do amazing work and give great customer service – then if I was a homeowner than the best person for me is the part time guy.

I personally worked for over 20 years as a renovator and never made money because I was too much of a perfectionist and gave great customer service. But I didn’t lose money and I always got paid. And the customer always recommended me to their friends.

I have been following this (site) over the last year or so and feel it doesn’t really matter who is doing the work. If you are a contractor who is up on your skills and knows who to work for – and puts proper contracts in place – you will always have a great business.

After going from contracting to a career in IT I have now realized that when I was contracting I had no idea how important it was to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.

Do your work – but make sure the person you are working 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.

If you do ten jobs over a one-year period and make money on only five, something is wrong. Be the best at what you do and you will be the contractor of choice.

As an IT contractor now, I follow these rules and I have done well.”


Steve Payne

Steve Payne

Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
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