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Should You Chose General Contracting as a Profession?

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Should You Chose General Contracting as a Profession?

General contracting is one of the most promising careers that one can choose.  It is a profession that happens to be the oldest on in the history of man.  The definition of a general contractor is one who builds things in exchange for payment.  Since the history of humankind, man has been building things.  Heck, even Jesus was a carpenter who build things out of wood.

As far as we can tell, general contracting is something that will also be around for a long, long time.  After all, the very point of living is to expand.  Everyone’s goal as individuals is to grow and to expand. To improve and to build oneself up.  This naturally translates into the physical world of building and improving our surroundings.  Therefore, general contracts will always be in demand to help build, grow, and improve the physical structures around us.

So, we know that there will always be a demand for general contractors, there will never be a shortage of needs.  But, is it the right choice for you?

Here are a few questions that we’ve come up with to help determine if this is the right professional choice for you:

  1. Do you like being outdoors?  This is an important question to ask yourself because it is not uncommon for general contractors to have to work outdoors for certain projects.  Depending on the type of contract work you are hired to do, it could be indoors or outdoors.  But before entering the profession, plan on having to take on some work that is outdoors.
  2. How do you fare working in hot conditions? Adding on the the previous Question, when working outside there is a good chance that much of the work will take place in the spring and summer months, as the weather is nicer and longer.  So if you do enter this line of work, make sure you are ready to work in hot conditions.
  3. Do you have injuries such as back or neck? General contracting is not an easy job. It generally involves carrying equipment, climbing up and down ladders, hauling wood, and bending over.  If you have any old injuries, like back or neck injuries, you may want to consider twice about this line or work.
  4. Do you work well with a team?  In this line of work, teamwork is crucial.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, and a commercial or residential structure wasn’t built in an hour.  Nor was it built by one man.  Typically it takes a whole team of workers weeks or months to finish a project.  Therefore, make sure you are good with worker with others.

These are the 4 most important questions to ask yourself before entering into this line of work. Make sure that you answer them honestly and if you feel like you are up for the job, then go out there and start applying.

Being a general contractor is one of the most rewarding professions there is, you get to build stuff out of nothing.  Good luck on your journey to choosing the perfect profession and we hope to see you on a future site soon!