Lost my job yesterday. My regional ops mgr and supervisor are lobbying to get that decision reversed but I'm not holding my breath.
I'm receiving a military pension which helps in one regard but that almost entirely offsets unemployment...
Filed a DBA (Doing Business As) today for low voltage wiring and I'm picking up liability insurance Monday. I have a few questions.
I am NICET Level II Certified and hold a Michigan Fire Alarm Specialty Technician License.
- What's covered under a non-compete clause? I won't be installing alarms but am planning on trying to subcontract low voltage wiring for sprinkler companies. Mainly (I hope) it will be phones, TV, network cabling - things like that (I don't know enough right now about sound system cabling but I'm a quick study if it comes to it).
With my license I can do NFPA Fire Alarm Inspections and am told (by someone who may or may not know what they are talking about) that as long as I don't solicit current customers of my former employer it isn't a problem.
- I know it varies from region to region but how would you guys go about estimating a wiring job? By the foot? By the estimated hours? By the number of drops? All of the above? Money up front or bill later or a combination?
As for contacting builders - I was thinking about doing a sort of 'resume' thing that details my background, training and what services I offer and visiting builders in person. Any suggestions?
- Business cards - I googled free business cards and came up with tons of sites - have any of you used such a thing and do you have any recommendations? Simple/fancy - what info should be on them?
- Supplies - I know I can get wire at Home Depot or the local Electrical Supply house - what other options might there be? I've worked with enough cheap wire before to know I want to use a decent product so are there any brands I should avoid?
I know these may be basic and perhaps dumb questions but I've never had to deal with such things before and I have to admit I'm still a little befuddled and off balance - pretty sick to my stomach as well.
Is there anything else I should be considering? I am totally a fish out of water here but, being in Michigan, there's a lot of folks lining up for 7 buck an hour night stock jobs so, while I do plan on looking for something, and who knows - this might work out. Regardless, I've got to do something or we don't eat.