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  1. #27
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    How many companies

    7 years in trade and 8 companies and 1 wholesaler. I don't like the switching so much, but I think my next move will be to work for myself. I still get calls from recruiters, but the pay keeps going down on these offers. I am at a very small and laid back company right now and enjoying it very much.

  2. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icefixer View Post
    9 hvac/r places not including the navy since I was 18. Now 43 and been self employed for 14 yrs.
    I was in the Navy went to high school in Elk Grove.

  3. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by Icefixer View Post
    9 hvac/r places not including the navy since I was 18. Now 43 and been self employed for 14 yrs.
    So, you moved thru 9 places in 11 years ?
    Technical incompetence is NOT a sales tool....

  4. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by keeplearnin View Post
    too many to count. seriously,.
    Technical incompetence is NOT a sales tool....

  5. #31
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    thats normal!

    most crooked contractors screw you and forget to pay you and dont pay time and a half. force you to sell old ladies stuff they do not need etcccccccccccccc!

    I would say the average guy would go through a dozen crooked contractors to find one good one?
    That would be pretty good actually!





    Quote Originally Posted by John Markl View Post
    So, you moved thru 9 places in 11 years ?
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

  6. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by supertek65 View Post
    thats normal!

    most crooked contractors screw you and forget to pay you and dont pay time and a half. force you to sell old ladies stuff they do not need etcccccccccccccc!

    I would say the average guy would go through a dozen crooked contractors to find one good one?
    That would be pretty good actually!
    and then when you finally find "a good one" the owner retires, son in law takes over and screws everyone and their mothers and the search continues...
    union or non we are in a race all the way to the bottom.

  7. #33
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    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

    thats about right!!!!!!!!!!



    Quote Originally Posted by valdelocc View Post
    and then when you finally find "a good one" the owner retires, son in law takes over and screws everyone and their mothers and the search continues...
    union or non we are in a race all the way to the bottom.
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

  8. #34
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    Race to the bottom is absolutely true, wages in our industry suck as compared to cost of living and what they used to be. mostly due to lowballer mentality and owners not knowing what is really costs to run a business.

  9. #35
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    Amen!

    the big big shops in town giving away teardowns and p
    small project work!

    (&^%&idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!



    Quote Originally Posted by flange View Post
    Race to the bottom is absolutely true, wages in our industry suck as compared to cost of living and what they used to be. mostly due to lowballer mentality and owners not knowing what is really costs to run a business.
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

  10. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpb2 View Post
    Feb 16th will be 25 years. 1 company.
    Wow, the company must be a great one
    and you are great too

  11. #37
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    22 years at the first one. Then I don't know. Mid life crisis or something. Decided to move on and see what it's like to start a new job. It last 18 months thank God. Now at 3rd company for 18 months. So far so good.
    ENJOY THE RIDE

  12. #38
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    Been through 4 company's in 8 years in the trade but about to go to 5th company shortly. First two would promise apprenticeships but would not deliver. Then finished apprenticeship at 3rd so moved on to 4th for another apprenticeship and now moving to 5th because they offer more money. Always left on extremely good terms would be welcome back at any of them.

  13. #39
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    Hmmm,

    Lessee...

    Before HVAC: 12, then self employed.

    Then 2 tries in sales, each time back to self employed.

    Then received HVAC license (self employed); coming up on 10 years (June 2012) of resi HVAC... and age of 60 this fall.

    There were some interesting things along the way:

    Drove a concrete truck, worked on both school busses and 18 wheeler tractors (diesel), aircraft mechanic, and of course a couple of stints in sales. The varied experiences taught me as much as any one occupation did. Oh yeah... part time baggage handler with Pan-Am Airways... with travel privileges. Went to over 25 countries pass-riding in the late 1970's... worth every second of the adventures!
    GA-HVAC-Tech

    Galatians 2:20-21; Colossians 1: 21-22 & 26-27; 3:1-4; Romans Ch's 5-6-7-8

    2 Chronicles 7:14

    Quality work at a fair price with excellent customer service.

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