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Old 02-04-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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My wife is being transfered to Brentwood as a teacher. I am a small contractor with a lot of expertise in general construction and specialties in custom concrete, masonary and tile. Can anyone try to give me an idea what kind of demand that I might expect for these services. Would there be room for one more? Would I be competing against illegal workers?
Thanks,
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:19 PM
 
Location: West LA
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Can anyone try to give me an idea what kind of demand that I might expect for these services.
I get post cards (mailers) monthly for this kind of work. Demand will be dependent on the economy, as with anywhere else.

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Would there be room for one more?
There's always room for talent.

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Would I be competing against illegal workers?
Yep. This IS America after all.
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Old 02-04-2008, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara
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I agree with all that JackSparrow covered and will add that the great news is that you do not just have Brentwood but all the west side of LA as possible customers--Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Malibu and these are just some of the possible neighborhoods. It also opens up the whole region of LA county and Ventura county (Keep that in mind if you are the expansive type.). So you will have plenty of competition, but where else can you have this potential customer base whose ability to pay is predictably insured no matter what the state of the economy. Very few places in the US. Huge wealth base here. I say go for it!!!

You may even want to capitalize on some specific areas in marketing that no illegals are employed (but tastefully done so as to not completely p*ss people off.) Although the neighborhoods and areas you do this may need to be filtered, as it is important to some and offensive possibly to others. Just a thought. Could work. Could backfire. Could start a new trend .
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:43 AM
 
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My wife is being transfered to Brentwood as a teacher. I am a small contractor with a lot of expertise in general construction and specialties in custom concrete, masonary and tile. Can anyone try to give me an idea what kind of demand that I might expect for these services. Would there be room for one more? Would I be competing against illegal workers?
Thanks,
The areas mentioned above including malibu have alot of redevelopment, rennovation, remodels etc happening. If you are good, patient, and can market yourself, you should be good. Have you considered working for larger company until you set yourself up?
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Old 02-05-2008, 02:57 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, which as I understand was once upon a time ago part of the United States of America
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Would I be competing against illegal workers?
Are you serious?
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:27 AM
 
Location: los angeles/florida
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Default Join the union?

My husband is a carpenter and a member of the Southwest Regional Carpenter's Union and he stays quite busy doing everything from framing to buidling bridges. I would highly suggest trying to get into the union because the benefits are wonderful and the pay is WAY, WAY better than if you try to work non-union. I believe journeyman wages are almost $40 an hour.
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Old 02-05-2008, 04:08 PM
 
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My husband is a carpenter and a member of the Southwest Regional Carpenter's Union and he stays quite busy doing everything from framing to buidling bridges. I would highly suggest trying to get into the union because the benefits are wonderful and the pay is WAY, WAY better than if you try to work non-union. I believe journeyman wages are almost $40 an hour.
Wow, that's great. I'm thinking of going to the Regional Carpenter's Union or the electrical apprenticeship. How many years do they have to go for the Carpenter's Union?
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:44 AM
 
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I get post cards (mailers) monthly for this kind of work. Demand will be dependent on the economy, as with anywhere else.



There's always room for talent.



Yep. This IS America after all.
Thanks for taking your time to respond.
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