In many cases, the only qualification you need to become a contractor or freelancer is to find a client willing to pay you to do the work. For some jobs, you need to meet specific professional requirements and become licensed to do a job. Contractors from outside Europe with the right skills can find contracting in the UK hugely rewarding, financially and in many other ways, too. Benefits to non-uk and non-eu citizens of living as a contractor in the UK.
Many states, but not all, require contractors to be licensed and/or bonded. Check with your local building department or consumer protection agency to find out about licensing requirements in your area. Licensing can range from simple registration to a detailed qualification process. If your state or locality has licensing laws, make sure the contractor’s license is current. Plan on needing to find a new job a lot more often than a permie. Your interviews will be more focussed on whether you can hit the ground running than your potential to learn, and your exact fit to the job specifications rather than joining the team. That suits some contractors rather well. They’re happier to be hired on the basis of their expertise than being a “good fit”, sometimes for very good reasons.
One of the most difficult things to find when you are flipping, renovating or doing any time of home improvements
is finding a trusted contractor. Oftentimes real estate investors start out with a contractor and they are unreliable,. An organization in need of outside help is typically anxious to find it, and an independent contractor with availability is eager to work. But you need to be patient as you search for a contractor. There’s value in paying a fee for a thorough consultation and project evaluation before even hiring a contractor for the full project.
One of the best ways to get quality work out of a contractor and construction crew is to make them enjoy working for you. That means being decisive with the contractor — and giving him a check promptly at the agreed-to points in the project.
Clients should always draw up a contract before the work begins (aia contracts, others). Include a start date and estimated completion date in the contract. Some people choose to include a clause that gives a discount to the homeowner if the work isn’t done on time, and will give the contractor a bonus if they finish early. The bonus is generally required to perhaps help the contract stand up in court, but the idea is to make sure the project gets done in a reasonable amount of time. The problem we have found in the past is that the smaller the project, the less likely the contractor is to do this – some contractors refuse to do this at any scale. However, if dates are given for completion and there is no penalty, there is no ‘teeth’ to the contract to enforce this.