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#1 posted 05-03-2012 10:30 PM

CJ, the best thing for you to do is get a business license and the minimum insurance required as a contractor. Get a Class “C” license to start out with. Alot of states do not require testing for a Class “C”. They may require a 1-2 day course.

1. Get some business cards and hand them out to every REO/real estate agent that you can find.
2. Post your cards at home owner associations, malls, coffee shops, etc. etc. etc.
3. Have your friends network for you as well. (word of mouth)
4. Strike up conversations with small contractors at Lowes and HD. ( electrical, plumbin, hvac guys).
5. I handed off many jobs to other contractors, and they took good care of me in return.
6. Learn other trades like drywall, roofing, minor plumbing, flooring.

Be deadly honest about your limitations. Branch out with other skills as you develope them.

It might be scary at first, but trust me… will never look for another job. Right now is actually a great time to be a small contractor depending on your area. Alot of folks are staying put and remodeling thier homes instead buying up. Real estate/REO is booming with repo’s that need work for resale. If you need any more info, send me a PM and I’ll give you my cell#.

Getting laid off 3 years ago was the best thing that ever happened to me. I am almost totally independent right now, other than a little field service work I do for a local real estate broker. My current license is still a Class “C” and thats fine. I dont want the 100K jobs. I will have my real estate license in a few months as well.

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