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one man shop #8483
03/23/02 10:28 AM
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aldav53  Offline OP
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Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 545
Chandler, AZ USA
I run a one man shop, trying to keep it simple but with liability ins, city tax licensing, contractors license renewals, etc., there are still a lot of cost. How many other one man shops out there.


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Re: one man shop #8484
03/23/02 05:15 PM
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wire654  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 11
Oxford, PA, USA
I'm a one man shop too. You're right, sometimes it seems there aren't enough hours in the day.

Re: one man shop #8485
03/23/02 06:35 PM
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sparky  Offline
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Posts: 5,371
admittedly,
in the last few years i have found no one that will put up with me.....

Re: one man shop #8486
03/23/02 06:37 PM
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Tom  Offline
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Shinnston, WV USA
I've been in business for 24 years, most of them as a one man operation. When a mistake is made, I know exactly whose butt to chew.



[This message has been edited by Tom (edited 03-23-2002).]


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Re: one man shop #8487
03/23/02 08:19 PM
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wirewiz  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 122
WA.
Another one man shop here! Just starting out though I though I would like to have a couple guys work for me but the farther along I get the more I think I would like to work by myself.

Any opinions on this? How well has it worked for you, things you would do different.

Thanks, Wirewiz

[This message has been edited by wirewiz (edited 03-23-2002).]

Re: one man shop #8488
03/23/02 08:33 PM
03/23/02 08:33 PM
sparky66wv  Offline
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Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 2,236
West Virginia
One man shop that teams up with another one man shop from time to time...

(The Joe Musser/ Musser Electric I talk about)

We did a temp service with two sub panels and six 20A GFCI WP (while in use) Recepts for a horse barn at the Greenbrier Resort...

I've finally got my foot in the door of a $30 per hour gig!

(Can't beleive I made $240 today!)


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Re: one man shop #8489
03/23/02 10:01 PM
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Redsy  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,056
Bucks County PA
66wv,
Now you can take a few weeks off!

Re: one man shop #8490
03/23/02 10:55 PM
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Jim M  Offline
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Posts: 457
Chestertown, MD, USA
Just me, so far. I have gotten busier and my wife wants me to hire someone. I don't like the thought of someone counting on me to feed their family, so I am holding out.

It seems like the good help is working already and what is available is not worht hiring.

66, My hourly rate is $48 in MD, and was thinking of raising it to about $56. Although I have never worked at the Greenbrier so I guess you are still one up. Heck, I can't afford to go there for a weeekend, not that I have time. lol

Re: one man shop #8491
03/29/02 12:27 AM
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eesparx  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 26
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Just myself and I'm going to keep it that way.

As of April 1st, my hourly rate goes up to $45.00. If it's a customer from ****, it goes to $450.00. LOL

Re: one man shop #8492
03/29/02 01:41 AM
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2E1X4  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 10
Dennisport, MA, USA
Just remember this, you all had to work for someone to get those hours...now give the chance to someone else...!

I am trying to get an apprenticeship in the Cape Cod, MA area and have been trying for quite a while now...no luck.

I have been studying like a mad man and go to job sites just to see how things are done in the "Real World" and not in the books...

Take a chance on somebody if you are overworked, you never know what you may find..


Brendan Carroll
Ignorance is BISS
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