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#46609 - 12/27/04 07:24 PM Markup on contractong jobs?
Cinner Offline

Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 77
Loc: Kelowna, B.C., Canada
I have been doing some side jobs on weekends in Vancouver and have been marking up my jobs to about $300 profit per day based on 8 hours. For example a job that takes 16 hours and $500 in material... I will charge $1100.00 cdn.

Does that seem reasonable / too high / too low or does it seem fair?

I feel that my time is worth that much.

Does anyone else do small contracting work that can give me an idea of how much they will charge and if I am in the same ballpark?


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#46610 - 12/28/04 04:48 AM Re: Markup on contractong jobs?
Steve McKinney Offline

Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 80
Loc: Marion, Illinois
Cin, if you will drop down to the "Business
Related Forum", I think you will find 'zactly what you are looking 4.


#46611 - 12/28/04 10:08 AM Re: Markup on contractong jobs?
dougwells Offline


Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 1226
Loc: kamloops BC Canada
Just curious are you a bonded electrical contractor? as side jobs can only be done by a qualified electrical contractor if you are going to charge for electrical work.IE collect money and you are contracting.
For the customer and your protection please read this simplified link.

#46612 - 12/28/04 05:52 PM Re: Markup on contractong jobs?
BigB Offline

Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 725
Loc: Tucson, AZ USA
If you are unlicensed, unbonded and uninsured and undercutting those who are, you are hurting the trade as a whole.
Licensed bonded and insured here 300 a day won't pay the bills.

#46613 - 12/28/04 10:37 PM Re: Markup on contractong jobs?
Active 1 Offline

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 684
Loc: Grayslake IL, USA
If you were a licenced insured EC business $300 a day would not be a proffit. It may pay 1 persons wadges with taxes. You would have about nothing for material mark-up. It would not pay a days overhead and it would be a loss not a profit. Don't quit your day job.

I agree this does hurt everyone in the trade by doing weekend side work. You make it hard for EC that play by the rules to compete. Would you like it if your boss told you "sorry your going to have to work for less $$ and on nights and weekends to maintain work"?

Maybe instead of doing the work on the weekend you could work out a refural agrement with an EC. So you could get paid lining up the work for them. Then they charge a normal price.


#46614 - 12/29/04 11:16 AM Re: Markup on contractong jobs?
Dave55 Offline

Registered: 05/08/04
Posts: 666
Loc: Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA

What will you do when your boss finds out that you've been doing side jobs and undercutting his business...and what do you think he'll do about it?


P.S. They always find out.

#46615 - 12/29/04 12:10 PM Re: Markup on contractong jobs?
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