Milwaukee is doing a huge contest right now giving away over $5,000 in LED job-site and personnel lighting products. Enter for free for your chance to win it all. There will only be one winner!Read More
This episode talks about the things your body goes through as an electrician. I've been doing this for a decade now, and my joints, my knees, and my back feel the stress of wearing a tool belt as well as bending down and working on my knees.Read More
I've been a single parent since I've been a parent. Let me tell you guys it has been a very tough road. I was finishing my first year of college 1000 miles away from my parents. I was in the prime of my party days going to school at ASU to fly planes, with the whole future ahead of me. I decided around this time that I'd join the Marines...I was in prime-time rapid decision making mode with life changing choices it would seem.Read More
In this episode I talk about all of the crazy shit I've done to hurt myself and break things over the years in hopes that y'all won't do the same.Read More
What is it like being an apprentice electrician? How do you act, what is your job like, and how do you ensure you're a good helper?Read More
I get asked a lot about the different types of electricians that are out there so this episode breaks down the different market segments of this trade, and what types of environments each electrical job entails.Read More
We're crossing 4,000 subscribers on YouTube so it's time to start organizing and streamlining comments and conversations. Also I'd like some feedback from you all on the show in general. If you're a serious follower of the show, please go to the Journey 2 Master Facebook Page, click FOLLOW, and answer the following questions:Read More
In this episode I bring my wife Emily into the thunder-dome and get her take on managing the office side of an electrical contracting company.Read More
In this episode I talk about my recent decision to shut down my electrical contracting business and what the future has in store.Read More
I try really hard not to address external bullshit human drama as it swings its way into my life but the past month and a half has shown me that sometimes there is a lesson to be had in all of it.Read More
Since my camera died making the last REAL TALK video, I recorded a second video to finish it off. This is Part 2 of "Real Talk" where I talk about making sure you know your "why."Read More
Shit gets real in the next 2 episodes. This is part 1 of a 2 part topic where I'm re-evaluating what the hell we're doing. Things have been getting a little out of hand and disorganized lately which is creating a domino effect for everything else to fall through the cracks. I talk about why my content has been slow the past few weeks and what I'm doing to fix everything.Read More
Man I'm fired up! Thank you guys SO much for subscribing to my channel. I hit 500 subscribers in only about 3 months! I'm so glad that y'all take the time out of your day to watch/listen to me rant about electrical shit. I appreciate and respect your attention. I will continue to make videos and bring value to you, please share these videos if you think somebody else would benefit from hearing them! Love y'all!
I've had a ton of people ask me to make this video so here it is. If you're interested in becoming an electrician, here's how you go about it.Read More
Let's face it, all attention is on the web these days. There's not a lot of people (other than your grandmother) who still uses a phone book, or reads reader's digest. Everything is online. All peoples' eyeballs and ears are online in some sort of fashion. If you're a business and you don't have an online presence, you're invisible.Read More
Today I get to work alone. None of my guys wanted to work this weekend so I have to fill in and take care of some loose ends. They've been busting their little electrician asses for me all week so they deserve to have 2 solid days off.Read More
The big question asked by so many...Should I take money up front before beginning a job?
There are a lot of opinions out there on this question, and most people tend to answer yes. Here is my method/methods that I've used. I'm still not 100% sold on which I like best but I talk about many different methods I've used to take "down-payments" or "draws" up front before beginning a job.
Think about this for a second. Say you start a job and don't collect any money up front. You go to the supply house and spend $1000 in materials, you rent a $1000 trencher, and you pay 3 guys to go to a job for a combined $60/hour. You get onsite and the customer changes his mind, and doesn't want to do this job all the sudden. You're paying around $200 in wasted wages plus you have to find something else for them to do for the day, plus the $2,000 you're out for the materials and rock-saw. You have none of their money up front to take that out of...you just ate a shit salad. Hope that diesel tastes good!
Say you charged $4,000 for the job and took 50% up front - you could have kept back the trencher money and paid for the materials and you'd be pretty close to break-even. Maybe just out some labor cost, but that's better than eating it all.
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I was fortunate enough to be invited onto the Surging Forward podcast with Dave Ballentine last week. Dave is such a positive guy and he's always trying to keep people optimistic and surging forward!Read More
I've had a number of people ask me lately about the stability of the electrical trade, and whether or not they should be worried about the economy/layoffs. In this episode I discuss my experiences with ups and downs and why being an electrician in an economic melt down is one of the BEST choices to make.Read More
Welcome to another "Josh Talks" episode, where I pick my 12 year old son's brain about a topic of the day. In this episode Josh talks about why he loves being in martial arts, and what type of weapon training he enjoys most. We also delve in to parenting, "play-dates", and old people.Read More