My question is what do I need to do to get passed the national companies and work direct? or is that not possible?
"How I got out of P&P"- good sticky.
Answer another questions- what sort of contractor are you?
Are you skilled and reputable enough to do work for locals in your area?
If so , then it requires the same drive and determination that a plumber, mason or any other contractor uses to get ahead.
A semi family member from Florida had told me at the start of this month they had a National call on them to do a 6K job. They were desperate to get someone to handle it. They however, were only wanting to pay $3200, which is what a previous contractor bid to do it. Supposedly in a corner, they agreed to pay the 6K (a more than fair price) if the work could be completed in 10 days. My buddy says his contracts require 25% down. The national came back with an offer to pay within 5 days of completion rather than the normal 30 days if they do it no $ down. As a contractor who only deals with local customers, he laughed as his terms are payment upon completion. He hadn't called me about this yet. He agreed and knocked the job out. The broker came by and took pics. Day 6 and there is no check in the mailbox. Day 7 and the call screener won't connect him with a live person, without a Vendor ID, a work order or loan number. He tracked down the broker and threatened a lien and an azzbeating. The broker gets somebody at the headquarters to authorize a payment via Fedex that after 3 days still hadn't arrived. Couldn't supply a tracking number, different person/department each time, etc.
This guy has called me before asking me about nationals. He owns a successful roofing company and a consulting firm. He thought it would be a job to keep a crew busy after Christmas. He asked me to withhold anymore specifics until he gets his check.
How many times do you think this happens across the country-every day?