As highlighted in red above. Which of those highlighted "annoying rules" has been the golden key to removing hacks and protecting homeowners? WC? UI? FICA? Osha? CWA? My point it licensing is just another rule to be broken.
Look how much sense the rules make now.
I use temp labor. I've used the same guys for years. Their WC is paid by the staffing company, Yet I have to pay $1000.00 per year to for WC even though I and the other board members have exempted themselves. There is NO LIABILITY on the part of the insurance company but I still have to pay $1000 per year because the Government requires it. The insurance company tells me they understand but it is out of their hands. Stupid.
What about UI, and Fica? Who cares. I sleep well because I play by the rules. I've been audited twice for two three year periods and came out smelling like a rose because I play by the rules. Who cares what some other guy does. Eventually he will probably be audited.
Osha is the same way, We've been hit once by Osha, not because we were breaking the rules but because the local (ignorant) osha guy didn't understand the law that clearly states as a business owner I am exempt from Osha Regs. Just another example of the Government stepping in with one of their finest only to be sent limping home.
Now, so you don't get the wrong idea UI, Fica, and Osha are put in place to PROTECT the worker, not the consumer. I'm not "against" them. They are already there. They apply to everyone, and not just one industry.
I'm for the second part of our paragraph, get rid of the rules. It's just not possible once the government has a hand in it.
Please sit down and count up how much all of those things including any licensing you might have that a hack does not have and post how much more per hour you REALLY have to charge to make up the difference. It won't be as much as you think.
Tony, it is the other non-governmental stuff that really gets cut in order to slash prices. First, if a fuy doesn't know that he's supposed to pay WC, UI, FICA etc, then they rarely know how to figure ROI, Understand real definition of profit, know how to figure cost of goods, calculate customer cost acquisition, have a keen idea of what salary to draw etc...... Due to this lack of knowledge, we are seeing bids one fourth to one half of ours regularly. I should not have to even TRY to get close to a unknowledgable persons prices. The largest difference I see when looking at pricing is Salary requirements. (Self Worth in many cases) Even on equal ground as far as insurances and such, a guy willing to live on $30K/year will underbid a guy that needs $110K/yr to live a decent lifestyle and put away for future etc. The uneducated "Business Owner" will think everything is fine for a while meeking by and will eventually go out of business. To this you say "good", but in reality, while meeking by, he stole undeserved $$$ away from those of us that put in the time/effort to learn how to run profitable and long lasting businesses. In the meantime he has given the consumer base a false idea of what or work is worth.