Join Date: Apr 2015
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A few things...
Everything PopPresPro said, and a couple more.
Any company can screw anyone at anytime. I might get screwed by the company that you do fine with, or visa versa. Build a working relationship with a rep or 2. When you do work right and on time, you make them look good and they should have your back.
DON"T GIVE IT AWAY! Your time is valuable. YOU set the prices. When a price is agreed on, just ask for a quick email confirmation. If you're unsure of discounts, tell them you need a "number in my pocket".
Don't let them sell you on volume. Price each job as if it were the only job you are doing that day. If they don't like it, fine. Chances are they will go searching for someone cheaper. Chances are good they won't find it and call you back shortly.
The oldest dirtiest trick is "photos don't justify work performed". Read the photo requirement before accepting the work. If you need 200 pics for a dehumidifier, something stinks. Walk away.
Too many guys lost everything trying to make a buck in this biz. Good luck and be careful.