Join Date: Nov 2013
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Hello from Maryland
So here's my background. I did the Army thing right after high school, got out, went to college, and now find myself in an environment where the field I got into is no longer paying anywhere near what it was 2-4 years ago if anyone's hiring at all.
I've always wanted to start my own business anyway and I've always wanted to work with my hands. I have some experience in this, but not anything I can give a reference for. I should've made work a priority over going to school (as bassackwards as that is these days).
The only thing is, from everything I've read on here, it just sounds horrible. There's a lot of foreclosed properties around here, and a lot of need (I think) to work on cleaning them up. Most of the towns in the Western part are especially hurt, and I don't think we need to get started on Baltimore, parts of southern PA (York especially) or rural West Virginia.
So I guess my main question is: should I look at doing something else? My other option is to go to school for welding (expensive but I could easily do it even though I'm cheap) or HVAC or something similar. Even the military isn't hiring (not officers anyway, and if I reenlisted I'd lose rank and I do not want to be an E4 again) so that's surprisingly not an option either.
Also. How viable is it to start working by myself and then worry about hiring people later?
Is it doable working with Realtors and small Landlords or should I start with Regionals and Nationals and then drift away from them at the first sign of them screwing me over?
What do you guys generally pay for insurances every month?
What can I reasonably expect to make (I'm not looking for 100k/year) starting out even if the money isn't what it used to be?