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Old 06-25-2011, 11:03 PM   #1
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Does anybody get good use out of the dodge list? All of the jobs I have bid before were for general contractors I have known for a while. If you do out of town work where do you get your leads and info?
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:14 PM   #2
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All my work comes from people calling me. Bidding against the lowball contractors is not a money maker for me. They will underbid the job, then rape the customer on changes. That may be the "way it's done" but to me it's dishonest. I just connected a unit heater for a tribal government building. When I got there, they had two occupancy switches they wanted installed and had a septic control fuse blowing. I charged them my regular rate to do the extra work. At this same place an EC did a remodel that was very large. They asked them to do a small extra job that took 1.5 hours for one man and 40 feet of #12 thhn wire. They charged $1300.
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I used bidclerk for about a total of 9 months over 3 years, I did not land one job & now they hammer my fax, phone and email almost daily to get me to sign back up.
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You can try thebluebook.com, I have never used it but have been told it is a good spot for leads.
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You can try thebluebook.com, I have never used it but have been told it is a good spot for leads.
I actually get pretty steady calls just from the free line ad that everyone gets in The Blue Book.
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I used bidclerk for about a total of 9 months over 3 years, I did not land one job & now they hammer my fax, phone and email almost daily to get me to sign back up.
Same here. Not quite as bad as all the crap the NFPA association sends me though.
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I paid for the bluebook ad. Its friggin expensive borderline overpriced. I do get a lot of leads from it maybe 50 or so a month but most are pw or union I bid maybe 10 a month get maybe 1 or 2 usually fit-outs.
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As a first year contractor I use service magic, Craigslist, and ask for referrels. I probably get 2 jobs a week from service magic. They're usually smaller jobs but you gotta start somewhere.
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