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I do not know many guys who want to sit in the office over running the tools.

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.


February 28, 2014
By Steve Payne

Here’s a post from Harry Veenstra, Veenstra Plumbing, about the sacrifices and commitment needed to run your own contracting business.

Thanks for posting this, Harry!

“Most small contractors started out working the tools – and as thier business grew, they hired help. Now they have a couple of crews and are forced into looking after the work instead of doing the work.

I do not know many guys who want to sit in the office over running the tools.

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Any contractor starting out and who wants a business – not just a job for a few years – will need to work those long days: 12 hours and more to make it happen.

As far as working for someone else to save 50 grand first, for cash flow, I think if you depend on that for your business you’d better think again. Your (own) business must support itself – not be subsidized by another source of income. Only government can do that!”

 


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