Even though it doesn't seem like most of them have the ambition to work anymore than they have to, I'm pretty sure most of the guys at the place I work do side jobs. I'm an installer and I've had guys ask for parts out of furnaces I've taken out. I know one guy that took a reasonably new furnace out of one house and put it in another. I've only been doing this a couple years, so I don't know if that is common practice, but it seems ridiculous to me. I know they don't have insurance and they're installing used parts. Most of them have plenty of debt anyway, so I guess they don't worry about their liability.
The first question is, are you doing side jobs to get more income or because you like to work? If it's the latter, then I assume you're pricing your 'side jobs' the same way the boss does. If it's the former, then why are you cutting the bosses price? As a general observation, most side jobs are done because they've got a customer who doesn't want to pay full boat. So you come along after hours and do (hopefully) the same quality installation but for much less money. Sure, you get a grand in your pocket and the boss would only have paid a third that but you just took a job off the table. Believe me when I tell you that most bosses would love to be able to pay their technicians and installers double or more of what they're currently getting. The problem is they can't charge the customers enough to pay those kind of wages. Remember, you boss has to match your FICA/Medicare deductions and pay worker's comp and liability insurance too. So a big part of what he bids is cover you posterior. And if the customer complains, the boss takes the heat. Warranty work is working for free. Do a couple of side jobs that invovle warranty and you'll see what I mean, for free. If you don't build enough into the price of the job to cover the warranty, you're working for free. If you want to freelance for your regular 40, why not do it in a an entirely different profession? Educate yourself to some other field. You'll make some money, you won't be competing with legitimate businesses and the change of pace from the day job will be a welcome change. Shucks, you just might get a whole new career out of it.
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hey how do u guys feel about side jobs. like do you think us as tech should be able to make a little more money or should we turn the work over to the company?
Originally Posted by cep a/c
In my state, Texas, it is illegal unless you are a licensed contractor. In my state you can get shot for doing illegal things. Why don't you bone up and get a state license.
It's not illegal to do "side jobs" as he asked if it does not require a license to perform the side job. he really did not specify the nature of the side jobs could be mowing grass. I don't mind my guys running a few calls or doing a few jobs when things are slow as long as they use my invoice and have the customer make the check out to me and I get a small percentage, because to me it's just extra money I would not of had if they were just to try and do it on their own without me knowing, so I make it easy for them and that way everyone is happy. You know there going to do it regardless so why not help them a little and not forget so fast if it were not for them all year in the 100 degree heat your butt might be looking for some side jobs yourself.
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