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Old 04-29-2019, 03:36 PM   #1
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I’m a one man shop and I have an opportunity to help another contractor out for the next few weeks. This would be full time work. Wondering if you guys change your labor rates when working hourly for other electrical contractors? It’s a pretty large project if that makes a difference.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:09 PM   #2
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We have a "relationship" with a couple of other smaller contractors in the area and we essentially charge each other "cost". If it is something small, say a day or two or less we don't even bother charging each other. If it is a larger contract, before going in we talk about costs and who gets what at the end.

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I work for a couple of friends when they need a hand. All three of us are one man shops. If the money is there I will charge my going hourly, they just add it to the bill.
If they are running tight, I adjust my rates to fit in, we all help each other.


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To be completely fair, another contractor will get foremans wages at PW rate and $10 per hour for a stocked truck with his own tools. They will be expected to work very productively.
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We just steal the jobs from the other contractors and keep all the profit for ourselves. Then when they go out of business we go to their auctions and buy all their stuff for pennies on the dollar.
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I work for a couple of friends when they need a hand. All three of us are one man shops. If the money is there I will charge my going hourly, they just add it to the bill.
If they are running tight, I adjust my rates to fit in, we all help each other.


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I have had friends who wanted to partner up and I have always declined. I much prefer a casual relationship where we help each other. I have a friend who throws reno jobs at me when he gets overbooked. He delivers the materials and I do the job. He takes his cut but I’m happy. It helps even out my peaks and valleys. It gives him peace of mind because I don’t need babysitting. Around here, finding guys who are good at reno and resto work is difficult. The average electrical monkey takes forever and does a lousy job.
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This is hard to say because there is no clear way to make it work out.

When you, as a contractor, work for another contractor as an employee, you have less responsibility and liability, so it stands to reason that you can accept less money. You also don't need your license or insurance, BUT, you still have to pay for those during the time you are working for the other guy. Let's say that you work as an employee for 1 month, almost all of your business overhead still needs to be paid for during that month. The bills don't stop.

So taking away the company profit and maybe a little in your wage is all you can do.
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