This site is about property preservation not general contracting. I've tried to find advice about things on here to have people tell me that by working for the nationals I'm getting screwed and I should set my own price to do the job. Unfortunately things don't really work that way in this biz and going private isn't always the answer. Private has its drawbacks also
If boarding a window for Safeguard is preservation work, why isn't it for the Farmer's State Bank down the street?
You are stuck in this "GC work isn't the same as PP work" mindset. It's like trying to understand page 4 of a book when you haven't read page 1. Plenty of well intentioned folks have tried to convince you thru experience that it is the same and you still aren't willing to accept it. OK. Oregon isn't Alabama, etc.
No, the open market isn't for everyone and there is negative in everything. One just has to find what they are comfortable in and work hard to succeed in that niche. If working for nationals is one's bag, then thumbs up.
Doesn't change some basic facts-
A contractor has less control over their company, subs/employees, finances, scheduling, liability, etc when tethered to a middle man national/regional.
Just because I can't find any local work in Kirksville, Missouri doesn't mean there is no private work to be had.
Working with Safeguard, FAS, Cyprexx, fill in the blank, I chased money, dealt with morons and just couldn't please some people no matter what I did. Seems about like the same world as contracting to me.
No one here is trying to demean someone for working for a regional. The idea is to point you in a direction with more opportunity and income possibilities. If someone is bound to work for them, then that is their choice and a personal issue, not a PT issue.
I don't promote any middle man, just like I don't set up couples. What works for one person is a nightmare for another. This website is about the industry, but not limited to nationals.