Originally Posted By: Marshall Gemal
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Hello this is my first post. My name is Marshall Gemal. Currently I own a handyman service company in central NJ. We employ on a part time basis about 20 independant contractors who estimate and perform work for our clients. My personal background has been in marketing, management and sales however I’ve always been handy and as a result created this company with 2 other partners. I often do estimates with my GC’s and so I’ve picked up a great deal of knowledge on most aspects of home construction. My dellimma is that my company is just 6 mos old with an up and down cash flow problem. I’m seriously thinking of selling off my share to my partners and working for myself to build up my own home inspection company. I’ve spoken to some inspectors who sometimes refer my company (along with others) about their business and all are happy with the money, flexibility and low expense associated with the position. I’m 50 years old, well educated and have a keen eye, so I’m thinking that this could be a great career to carry me to the next (I hope 25 years)! I’m starting from scratch so here’s my question…what are my options in NJ? Is there a school I can go to or a course I can take? I’ve seen some online course are they any good? What about franchises? Is there a mentoring program or an apprenticeship way of getting starting? Please realize I don’t want any short cuts, I’m a pretty ethical person business wise and want to do the best to satisfy my clients and so I would want to start with the best education possible locally in NJ if possible. Thank you and hope to get some honest forthright replies. Marshall