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Places to find work?

I'm currently working for a regional which is going great. They treat me well and have been more than fair with me so far. The only problem is they just don't have the amount of work that I'm looking for. They steadily give me about 10-15 work orders a week. And they let me know that up front, it was what I was looking for in the start because i just wanted to do it on my weeks off at my current job to make sure this was something i wanted to do. And I've decided it is. I really enjoy this type of work. I feel like it’s probably all in the company you work for as the experience you will get out of it.

So my question is:

How do i go about finding more work? I have looked everywhere but no one seems to have any type of work here. I'm covering the Winston-Salem NC area and all surrounding areas (Greensboro, Hickory, Statesville and Charlotte)
I know there is work here but finding who has the contract is not working out so well. I have looked up all the nationals and regionals I can find, then I check them here to see what people are saying about them. If I like what I see I give them a call and see if they need anyone in my area. But have had no luck at all. Just looking for a little help on where I should be looking, or is there a website that I don't know about or something like that.


I know a lot of you talk about working direct. Who do you guys call? Who do you ask for? I made a call to a few realtor’s today and a bank and told them I had a property preservation crew and was calling to see if they needed any vendors to help maintain their property’s and they acted like they had no clue what it was talking about.

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Driving around and spotting properties with a Realtor sign that need attention and calling those agents directly works well. It's the old vacuum cleaner salesman strategy of selling people their own dirt.
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If you like REO work...go to www.reoindustrydirectory.com
Search your zip codes and it should list a bunch of the reo agents in the area. They can be really good contacts to have. They are hit or miss though. I get a few jobs every now and then from an agent I found there, but now it seems a lot of them either go through the nationals, or they have a guy that will do a 100 CY trashout for $200 with a smile on his face. But also, try to reach out to local and regional banks in your area. If they don't farm out their mortgages, they could be a good source.
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Just out of curiosity would these regionals be OSB or OBS or S&k by any chance..I was just wondering which regional was treating well. sound like a great company.. care to share their name.
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Thanks for the input so far guys. I'm very new so still learning. I know that at some point if i want to make a good living I'm going to have to work direct, which i wish i could right now. But the experience I'm getting right now will better me to help me know what I'm doing if the opportunity does present itself. 100 CY for 200, that's insane. How could you make any money, anyway that's another topic for another time.

When you say Local and regional banks are you talking about for ex: Like Wells fargo? or a different type of bank? I just don't want to sound like a big of an idiot when calling a bank as i sound right now. Who do i ask for? Do i call that bank its self or like the corporate headquarters and who do i ask to speak with? is it the same for realtor offices?
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Zuse, Its Edgemark solutions. They pay every week and I've yet to have an issue, Other than not getting as much work as id like. Good thing about them paying every week is if they did try and screw you then you would only be out a weeks worth of invoices.The pay may be low for what your use to, The grass cuts are the low $25 bucks with the extra $10 over 1 foot, bid after 3 foot. but they are a good company in all other aspects i can think of. I have went pretty far for them (300-400 mile round trips) but they always give me a great trip charge to make the day worth my wild. I don't exactly remember where your from off the top of my head but i know they have a lot of work and need contractors out near the NC coast.

I wish they had more work near me, if they did i wouldn't be looking for another company at all. If you or anyone know of anything near me id appreciate the favor I didn't want to post asking for the name of any company's as i feel like that information here is like gold. I don't mind sharing information as none of you are really anywhere near me so it's not like were competing against each other.
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Zuse, Its Edgemark solutions. They pay every week and I've yet to have an issue, Other than not getting as much work as id like. Good thing about them paying every week is if they did try and screw you then you would only be out a weeks worth of invoices.The pay may be low for what your use to, The grass cuts are the low $25 bucks with the extra $10 over 1 foot, bid after 3 foot. but they are a good company in all other aspects i can think of. I have went pretty far for them (300-400 mile round trips) but they always give me a great trip charge to make the day worth my wild. I don't exactly remember where your from off the top of my head but i know they have a lot of work and need contractors out near the NC coast.

I wish they had more work near me, if they did i wouldn't be looking for another company at all. If you or anyone know of anything near me id appreciate the favor I didn't want to post asking for the name of any company's as i feel like that information here is like gold. I don't mind sharing information as none of you are really anywhere near me so it's not like were competing against each other.
So let get this straight, you just work on the weekends because your day job?and you are traveling up to 300 to 400 miles in some trips for them, and getting gas money for the distance.

Let me put it to you like this after my discount i seriously doubt we cut anything under 50.00 if we do its a condo.

I really don't know much about Edgemark but if your getting paid every week that's great.

But as far as me i have about 1/2 of NC covered, but we don't pay every week. But we do pay, even tho its on a 30 days scale. I do recall sending you a email sometime ago about work, I saw your add under the classified section. never got a reply back, im sure i sent it under my company name with my contact info.

Which i would rather not have displayed here on these anonymous boards.

You might want to contract me, i can put you in touch with me some folks that work for me in that area.

I have a couple of secretary's in my office that might want to talk to you. Im sure they could work with you. But then again i wouldn't want to jeopardize that relationship you have with Edgemark.

And the answer to your question is yes i have more work that you can possibly do. Even if i keep in in a 50 mile radius.

But its good to hear a regional is treating you so well.
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I had a job where I was working 7 days on and 7 days off. The company had 4 shift. A day and a night crew for 7 days then that crew got off and the other day and night crew came on for 7 days. Things had got slow with the company which is why I started looking into doing this to start with. So when I first started out yes I was working my day job 7 days then this for 7 days. But now the day job has went away. As of this past Friday which is why I'm in such a panic to find work. They cut my day and night shift due to having to keep the plant closed for 2 weeks out of the month. They told us if things did pick up we would be called back but who has time to wait around for that. I can draw but with what i was making the unemployment won’t be enough to get by until I could find another job.

I have traveled pretty far for them not every day it’s been a here and there thing, they couldn’t get anyone to pick it up and offered me a great trip charge so I accepted. I know the money is low for what you and others make, but to what I was making it’s definably not low to me. I was able to make as much in two days as my full pay checks. Anyways, I would love to touch base with you, as of now I am looking for full time work and Edegemakr can’t provide that for me.
I tried to private message you but for some reason they won’t send. If you don’t mind send me a Email and I can give you my phone number or you can give me yours.
My email is [email protected]

Thank you, and I appreciate all of your help.
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trip charge

I have clients who pay me 50cents a mile, thats pretty good money. Main thing!!!!! You must prove your honesty to these clients, so many people scamming the nationals.
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Zuse.

I had a job where I was working 7 days on and 7 days off. The company had 4 shift. A day and a night crew for 7 days then that crew got off and the other day and night crew came on for 7 days. Things had got slow with the company which is why I started looking into doing this to start with. So when I first started out yes I was working my day job 7 days then this for 7 days. But now the day job has went away. As of this past Friday which is why I'm in such a panic to find work. They cut my day and night shift due to having to keep the plant closed for 2 weeks out of the month. They told us if things did pick up we would be called back but who has time to wait around for that. I can draw but with what i was making the unemployment wonít be enough to get by until I could find another job.

I have traveled pretty far for them not every day itís been a here and there thing, they couldnít get anyone to pick it up and offered me a great trip charge so I accepted. I know the money is low for what you and others make, but to what I was making itís definably not low to me. I was able to make as much in two days as my full pay checks. Anyways, I would love to touch base with you, as of now I am looking for full time work and Edegemakr canít provide that for me.
I tried to private message you but for some reason they wonít send. If you donít mind send me a Email and I can give you my phone number or you can give me yours.
My email is [email protected]

Thank you, and I appreciate all of your help.
My contact info has been sent to your email. let me know if you got it.
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