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#159066 - 10/19/06 01:58 PM Starting a new business...
ckeck Offline

Registered: 09/29/05
Posts: 15
Loc: San Antonio, TX, US
Hello everyone, thanks in advance for any information/input.

This does not specifically relate to the electrican industry alone, but a friend and I are looking into starting a home repair business and I was wanting to get any insight and information as possible. I have owned a business in the past, but not in this trade.

We would mainly be doing some carpentry work, tile, paint, etc...and I would be doing certain electrical work (I am a licensed electrician).

Beyond general business, is there anything specific I should know about working in the trades that would be beneficial?

I understand that this is not a specific question, so all insight is appreciated. Thanks!

Business, Office, Estimating, Legal:
#159067 - 10/19/06 06:59 PM Re: Starting a new business...
Almost Fried Offline

Registered: 09/04/06
Posts: 104
Loc: Madison County, Ark. USA
Get some of the proposal/acceptance and additional work authorization forms from NEBS. They give you instant professional image and there are no details they can't say they asked you to do.

#159068 - 10/21/06 06:31 AM Re: Starting a new business...
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Registered: 02/25/06
Posts: 138
Loc: TX, USA
You might check into a franchise like Mr Handyman.

It will cost you more $$ upfront but will get you off to a quick start.

[This message has been edited by PE&Master (edited 10-21-2006).]

#159069 - 10/25/06 07:27 AM Re: Starting a new business...
ckeck Offline

Registered: 09/29/05
Posts: 15
Loc: San Antonio, TX, US
Thanks for the tip about the forms at NEBS, I had forgotten about those...seen them a while back.

I would actually prefer not to be part of a franchise as it is very easy to find business here and I know my city very well. But it never hurts to look into it...thanks for the info.

Another question, I do have my electrical license, but I don't think a license is needed for general repair/contractor work in the state of Texas. There is no "contractors license" that I can find listed on the state website, but a lot of forms ask for this. Any ideas?

Thanks again!

#159070 - 10/25/06 07:50 AM Re: Starting a new business...
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#159071 - 10/25/06 01:25 PM Re: Starting a new business...
ckeck Offline

Registered: 09/29/05
Posts: 15
Loc: San Antonio, TX, US
Ah, thanks...never found that site before. Most of my work should not cost more then $20,000 (any single job) however, so I don't know if I would need this. Of course, if/when I get close to this threshold I will.

#159072 - 11/01/06 05:15 PM Re: Starting a new business...
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