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08-31-2011, 09:14 PM #1Regular Guest
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I currently own my own HVAC business in Massachusetts and this economy is killing my business and I need to support my family. I am thinking of shutting down my business and just work for another company where I can get a steady paycheck each week.
Here is the issue I'm being told no one will hire me because I had my own business even if I were to sign a non compete saying I will in no way take try and take customer. I am a man of great integrity and in no way would I ever do this but unfortunately people won't know that.
Looking for thoughts on this from other HVAC owner and maybe some professional advise what I might do.
08-31-2011, 09:32 PM #2
Fill out the Pro application. It's tough to give you advice in the open forums.
09-01-2011, 01:14 PM #3Professional Member*
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Since you can't get into pro until you get your numbers up, I'll answer your question from my perspective.
My mentor and former partner, former only because he retired, who was one of the founders of this business, always told me never to hire a guy who owned his own company. His theory was that once they got the tase of having his own business he'll take the first oppertunity to head out on his own when things get good again. Due to needing people during the good times I have hired guys who had their own businesses. About 20% have stayed.
The last one I hired was here for over a year and just walked out. No notice, nothing. Found out he wasn't working here when we were calling him and his cell phone rang on his desk, where we also found his keys to the office. People who spoke to him after said he couldn't take working for someone else.
Because of this I will never hire a guy who was in his own business. But, you'll never know until you try.
09-02-2011, 08:27 PM #4Professional Member*
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- Philadelphia PA
The kind of employer that would hold your having had your own business
against you, is not someone you will want to work for anyway. If you were in my neighborhood, I would recognize that you know how tough it is to make a buck and would treat your job the same way you did your own work.
How about offering to sub contract for some of the larger companies as an alternative? that way you could still take some retail customers and discount the sub work?You have got to learn from other people's mistakes! Because God knows you don't live long enough to make them all yourself !!!!!!!!
09-03-2011, 10:53 PM #5
adam may i know how many employees you have,,,Adam is it the shortage of work that is killing your business,,or something else,,,Thanks adam Jocelyn