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  1. #11

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    Easy way to enforce it and its thru the advertising of each company. Here the Consumers affairs dep't will search thru the Yellow pages and local Pennysavers for example to see who is licensed and Insured and if the company is advertising without either one of those requirements they will be called in and most likely pay at least a $1000 fine with the next time being caught they can be charged criminally. I support that because it eliminates some of my competitors who want to be cheats.

  • #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyshelton View Post
    I pay more than twice that for my BUSINESS licenses also. But that's not what were talking about here. What's being discussed is "industry" licensing, like an HVAC license or a Doctor's license or an Attorney's license.

    Correct me if I'm wrong Henry.
    Actually I was referring to a state license but I'm all for an industry based license also. I just think that's going to take many years before it happens.

    Quote Originally Posted by tonyshelton View Post
    Henry, why not devote all your advertising budget and your website to educating those poor "consumers" who need protecting?
    I answered all of this on PWI.. If the UAMCC want's I can copy it here. I wanted to post my question on all the BBS's so everyone would see it and comment but please let's not post the same comments on every BBS..
    Henry Bockman 301-216-9675
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    13433 Tilford Court Germantown, MD 20874

  • #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comes A Time View Post
    I understand ,again Im for it if it separates us from the uneducated weekend warriors (not everyone) that will screw up someones house and not be accountable . If I were a educated consumer I would want a licensed washing contractor with references to wash my home to assure the best possible results . We need to educate our customers (possible customers ) that the pressure cleaning industry isn't just a bunch of guys spraying water around.That we are serious about what we do . and we will pay the premium to prove it .

    Personally I didn't wake up one morning with all the knowledge needed to do what I do today. Did you?

    Where is all this condescension towards everyone who starts out without a $50,000 reclaim rig and a list of clients as long as your arm?

    Why not spend a little time talking with and getting to know that "weekend warrior" in your neighborhood if you are so concerned with his uneducated customers? He might teach you a thing or two. God knows I've leaned a lot of good tips and tricks from $10.00/hr filter changers.

    You can educate the customer by providing video/photo/word of mouth/written letters to show the superiority of your work.

    If you think for one second a license brings an industry up to a high standard just ask the 50,000 people in Las Vegas (myself included) who had to go in for hepatitis testing because 5 doctors reused needles to save money!

    Here's just a simple excerpt from Wikipedia with my added emphasis. The argument for licensing is put into the minds of those who aren't willing or don't have the ability to play the chess game out to the end to find out who the winners and losers are. The winners are the LARGE companies with a LOT of money that control ALL THE RULES. If you are not one of them -- then you are one of their pawns because they have already played the game to the end and they will use you to beat yourself.

    Here's the Wiki article:

    Licensure restricts entry into professional careers in medicine, chiropractic, nursing, law, business, engineering, surveying, and architecture. Advocates claim that licensure protects the consumer through the application of professional, educational and/or ethical standards of practice. Milton Friedman opposes this practice, believing that licensure effectively raises professional salary by placing limits on the supply of specific occupations. "It is hard to regard altruistic concern for their customers as the primary motive behind their determined efforts to get legal power to decide who may be a plumber."[11]
    Restrictions to employment without licensure can also prevent people with criminal records or severe mental health issues from working in occupations that require public trust. Occupations of or affected by the gambling industry, may be restricted by licensure, such as a racing secretary in horseracing, or people in the boxing industry. People whose occupations put them in physical contact with the public might also be restricted by licensure, including a barber, cosmetologist, or massage therapist. Occupations that bring a person into the home might also be screened through licensure, including a chauffeur, landscape architect, or arborist.
    Restricting entry by licensing is arguably a convenient and effective method of maintaining the high standards, high status and elite privileges of a profession as well as acting to eliminate competition from unqualified amateurs who provide a cheaper but (allegedly) sub-standard service. It means that only the most highly qualified persons are allowed entry into the profession and to enjoy its privileges, high salary and high status in society. However, liberals like Milton Friedman have argued that this process is counterproductive as it seriously restricts the number of active professionals working in society and thus unnecessarily inhibits the working of a free enterprise economy.[12]

    Link:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licensure


    Who reading this thread is willing to stand up and just say "I want this industry to be licensed because I'm an established company and I want to restrict entry into the industry so I can make more money."

    It's not me. I don't want to restrict anybody, hacker, felon, idiot, whatever. This is America. This is an industry where anybody who has the desire can make a good living for themselves if they remain honorable, trustworthy and hardworking.

    There can't be that many pawns out there, somebody has to be a king. Who is it?
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  • #14

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    Here in PA starting July 1, you are required to have a HIC# and it has to be on everything from contracts and business cards to websites and next born. The specifics are here PA's HIC info

    Doesn't necessarily spell out that pressure washers need a license, but as a legit business...I'm not taking a chance. And for $50 for two years....

    Granted most of the cleaning I'm doing now is considered commercial, but residential work is probably most rewarding with the life long relationships you can build.
    Gary Schell

    717-877-0459

  • #15

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Bockman View Post
    Actually I was referring to a state license but I'm all for an industry based license also. I just think that's going to take many years before it happens.



    I answered all of this on PWI.. If the UAMCC want's I can copy it here. I wanted to post my question on all the BBS's so everyone would see it and comment but please let's not post the same comments on every BBS..
    Yeah Henry, I know you were talking about a state license. The conversation here crosses many borders and advocation of "licensing" infers licensing in every state otherwise there could be no "industry standard".

    We are talking about the same thing.
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  • #16

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    OK I'll step up and say I want our industry to be licensed so to make it tougher for the ones who want to lowball us and do shoddy work to make us all look bad. Sure there are some not to good contractors out there that are lic/ins. but then again there are some bad doctors out there but because of that should they now be able to be Doctors without an education?? Of course not.

    Anybody starting out in this business should find the means to do it right and if getting a Business lic and insurance to be in this business is a requirement then they should do just that.

  • #17

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    The problem starts with being able to buy a pressure washer anywhere from a box store to a paint store....only need to show a drivers license if your writing a check.
    Gary Schell

    717-877-0459

  • #18

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Schell View Post
    The problem starts with being able to buy a pressure washer anywhere from a box store to a paint store....only need to show a drivers license if your writing a check.
    The problem is using it the wrong way ILLEAGLY , low balling because you don't pay insurance , or tax , I see alot of that going on ,Teachers working summer jobs for cash , doing painting and powerwashing , advertising then lowballing , these guys are taking possible income right outa our pockets . Book um Danno
    Marc Cournoyer
    Comes A Time Powerwashing
    35 Secret Lake Rd
    Canton CT 06019

    860-693-1465 H
    860-205-3516 C

  • #19

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    As far as Criminal Charges I would have to pass on. Especially with the Northern states being famous for letting child rapist(Not Molestors because thats too nice a word for these perverts) off the hook with a slap on the wrist, it would be a shame for a person to have jail time just for trying to feed his family.

    How about we all just get chapters started to help get these unlicensed workers on board and show them a new way. Why keep them off the radar and run them out when just a little training and the right licenses and liability with equipment and so forth they can join the fold?

    Unlicensed workers will never go away until we are able to assimilate(Star Trek Fan) them and we become one collective(I am not a dork I promise)

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  • #20

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comes A Time View Post
    The problem is using it the wrong way ILLEAGLY , low balling because you don't pay insurance , or tax , I see alot of that going on ,Teachers working summer jobs for cash , doing painting and powerwashing , advertising then lowballing , these guys are taking possible income right outa our pockets . Book um Danno
    How much did you pay in insurance last year?

    Last year for liability and my own workers comp I paid less than 4k. That's $76.00 per week max.

    One good hot water machine costs about $4k. Assume the hacker stole his. That another $76.00 per week.

    As far as taxes go, if you are self-employed and are paying much of anything in taxes percentagewise you need a new accountant to tell you where to spend your money so the tax argument is out the door.

    So it costs the LEGAL contractor working alone about $150 per week more to operate. That's $30.00 per workday more.

    If a hacker is beating your price by more than $30.00 for an ENTIRE DAYS WORK, you can't blame that on being ILLEGAL. You can't throw the "hacker label" and cry foul when he's willing to do a driveway for $50.00 and take all day doing it when you want $199 and finish it in an hour. That's not hacking, that's HUNGRY and that's capitalism and its LEGAL.

    If he does bad work it will catch up with him. If he wants to do good work he will try to learn how to do the job better and faster. That's his problem. Not yours or mine.

    Your problem and mine is doing work that stands out enough to bring in customers in SPITE of the other guy's hunger. If you can't succeed in doing that then maybe you're in the wrong business and your expectations are too high for the market.

    Licensing to raise prices is corrupt and immoral. It's using the heavy hand of the government to your own ends to put money in your own pocket plain and simple.
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