Job Title: Contractor
Type of Company: self-employed
Previous Experience: I was a landlord.
Job Tasks: I help people build, repair, paint, or replace items on their homes and in there income and commercial properties. Sometimes the job is complex and sometimes it's as simple as changing a light bulb. Older people will continue to live in their homes and will always need repairs just to stay safe. Younger people have no idea how to fix anything in their houses. It is not taught in school anymore.
A typical day involves going to Home Depot and getting the materials that I will need to complete given tasks for the day. I begin the project and plan each step to avoid wasting time, since time is money. At the end of the day, I have to bill out the work and handle paperwork. One important aspect is making my own schedule to allow me to spend important moments with my family as needed and to handle emergencies at my income properties as they arise.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of the job include scheduling work as I see fit and having freedom. The worst part of the job is not using my brain for parts of the day. This can be a dull job if you do not hire someone to do the worst parts of the job for you. Usually, a laborer is available for cheap money to do the things that you don't want to do. Customers are generally nice and accommodating.
Job Tips: Go to tech school and enroll in a plumbing program, with business classes. You'll be making six figures before your buddies get out of college. Also, they don't force you to learn about anything that you won't use, like calculus and foreign languages. Those were just busy time. And they don't take themselves too seriously either. Keep in mind, that no matter what happens to the economy, we will all need plumbers in the future.
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