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#157162 - 09/01/05 12:30 PM Why not residential
Belectrician Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 9
Loc: Houston, TX
Why is everyone so scared of residential electrical work?

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#157163 - 09/01/05 01:28 PM Re: Why not residential
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
You are the reason I will NEVER join.

#157164 - 09/01/05 01:51 PM Re: Why not residential
electricbill Offline

Registered: 02/19/05
Posts: 20
Loc: chester ny usa
nice first post!
how about SOME of us make MORE than 1% on commercial's all how your company is geared towards..

#157165 - 09/01/05 02:18 PM Re: Why not residential
Dnkldorf Offline

Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1091
Loc: nowhere usa
Correction on your post B..

"""""Why not get out of the industry that is taking your money and get into a profitable organization that knows how to make you money."""""

I think it should read," Why give into an organization that takes your money, when you can be in an industry that makes you money.""


#157166 - 09/01/05 04:30 PM Re: Why not residential
wilkie Offline

Registered: 04/29/05
Posts: 39
Loc: South Carolina
Was that a serious post?

#157167 - 09/01/05 04:41 PM Re: Why not residential
luckyshadow Offline

Registered: 01/04/05
Posts: 305
Loc: Maryland USA
Some body is not going to make alot of friends with posts like that !
If only you could make second FIRST impressions !

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#157168 - 09/01/05 05:25 PM Re: Why not residential
LK Offline


Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 1721
Loc: New Jersey
I have no idea where you are from, but commercial work offers profit margins that average from 12 to 17% on average, it also has the benifit of on going maintance, residential work load shifts with the area economy, and you need to worry about saturation in your market area, this occurs when larger marketing service companies enter an area and over price the market, this creates a boom and bust market.

Oh yes, i should run away from the commercial work, last year the profit from that work was a lousey 22% plus.

We have seen these large service companies in the past, most of them dry up, on the first market down turn.

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#157169 - 09/01/05 05:33 PM Re: Why not residential
copperseller Offline

Registered: 08/28/05
Posts: 28
I really don't understand where you are coming from.If you have a good company making good money in commercial...good for you and go for it.
As a residential(90%) electrician,in a good company,well managed,since years our numbers point up.doubled and trippled the revenue in 5 years.

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#157170 - 09/01/05 06:06 PM Re: Why not residential
Redsy Offline

Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
Well, it looks like ESI has sent their minions to infest this site.
Someone call the exterminator!


Generally, advertisements and salesmanship are usually prohibited from this board. Attempting to "sell" ESI membership is no different.


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#157171 - 09/01/05 06:55 PM Re: Why not residential
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
We do a wide variety of work. Some of our most profitable work is commercial/industrial. We recently completed a job reconfiguring the electric system in a 20,000 sq ft building to suit the new owner. After all materials, labor and overhead were accounted for we made 27% profit, pure profit.

That said, about 50% of our work is residential service and it is also very profitable. Many jobs are near 50% profit, others are closer to break even.

While I'm not going to join ESI, I do think it can be very good for our industry. I can't count the number of times I've read on this site how many of you wish there was an organization like PSI for our industry. It can't hurt. They are just trying to get us electricians to start making the same money our plumber and HVAC friends have been making for years. I'm all for it.

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