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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-08-2019, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hey members, just got signed up! I’ve worked PP for a friend on the side for 4-5 years and I’m possibly thinking about starting my own gig, where I will be doing most of the work by myself. I know that kind of limits the amount of work that I can bid on etc. but my plan was to start small and take it from there. I currently have 50% of the tools and equipment that I need I’m just searching for opinions on how tackle something like this while working my regular job. With starting small I want to keep it simple with initials, re-cuts, lock changes and debris removals here and there.

Also I was used to doing jobs for Cyprexx, Safeguard, I know about the pictures, the app and such.

To me this really boils down to how do I make this work starting alone working evenings on weekdays/weekends.

Please give me your .02 and no ego here so nothing negative will be taken. Thanks.
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Cyprexx, safeguard are both great nationals to directly work for safeguard will hire fast and actually have a ton of work you will have to have errors and omissions on top of your gen liability policy but they will walk you thru the rest very easy and you will quit your day job$$$
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Cyprexx, safeguard are both great nationals to directly work for safeguard will hire fast and actually have a ton of work you will have to have errors and omissions on top of your gen liability policy but they will walk you thru the rest very easy and you will quit your day job$$$
Tell us all why you love Safeguard!! Most of us have who have been around a while would agree they are one of, if not the most, evil and dishonest band of thieves in the industry. Why do you suppose it is they have a ton of work for you?
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My husband and I started out working full time jobs and doing this on the side. Within 3 months we had so much work, he left his full time job. After another month, We hired a helper for him. They were doing so many jobs that I couldn't keep up with the program side of it and uploading photos, invoicing, etc.....So within another 6 months I left my job. We are now just a husband/wife team and do this full time. We limit the numbers and just let the companies we work for if we need more time.

Any company you work with just let them know what you can handle. Don't take more jobs than you can get done (you want to keep your completion scores high - so they keep giving you work) With some companies - we have a 3 job cap.

Make sure you diversify - don't work for just one company. We learned a hard lesson and got burned pretty bad. So find a few good ones to work for
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I've earned a certain reputation through them and yes they will accommodate a good reliable contractor just as they will not even pay a worthless 1
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You must maintain 4-5 stars at all times with a 90% or better
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Start small learn the clients, build a reputable reputation with each 1 you will not regret it
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I've earned a certain reputation through them and yes they will accommodate a good reliable contractor just as they will not even pay a worthless 1
In the end they also will refuse payment to a reliable contractor. It is only a question of when they find someone cheaper, hire them, backcharge you, and rape your insurance for everything they can. Hope you're not doing winterizations or mold treatment. Best of luck to you. Any landing you can walk away from...consider it a good one.
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No doubt and yes as a matter of fact they actually tried to pull a fast one today about pics and there app being down and not accepting photos but it was cleared up if they dont pay on to the next 1 right it's all in the business just dont put all your eggs in 1 basket
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you better read up before your into SAFEGUARD to far. their the biggest bunch of thieves known to man. ask around and you'll hear the stories of NON PAYMENT. mine is kinda small only 9k. can you afford to loose 9 k right now.
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