Contract Climber

Climber020

Member
Location
NJ
I am hoping to break off and do my own thing come spring of 07 but just need to find out exactually what I need to be a contract climber. I am talking with business associates of mine about how much work they will have for me to make sure I will be able to work full time. One of them would like to go partners but I would rather just be contracted in for tax reasons.

What types of insurance should I buy? I don't plan on getting work for any really big jobs but nothing is definite. As well I was planning to keep the books legal and legit so what should I keep close attection to? What taxes are required to file? I plan of meeting with an accountant to find out all the detail but would imagine that the guys here could at least get me started and thinking in the right direction.

Anyone from Jersey exspecially feel free to respond to let me know of any laws or guidelines that I might not be aware of. All of your advice is greatly appreciated.
 

dhuffnmu

Member
I used to have a contract climber. And what he did to make it easy for him at the tax time was to incorporate himself. Fairl cheap and easy. He had business name and would get all the checks to him made out to that name. Worked well for him. Until he got tired of working for alot of different dummies around in the business. Now he just works for me full time. But good luck I hope that helps you out.
 

Climber020

Member
Location
NJ
Thanks for the offer TreeDr but I will have to decline it. My main reason for going solo is that the 1 man-show company I use to work for needs a partner being he is getting up in age. He does both landscaping and tree work so I only have to work with him 2-3 days a week. There are 2 main companies that I would work for and I have been almost every Saturday. Both are really good tree guys that pay within a week of work performed. As well I have been given names of 2 other companies that are interested in contract climbers.

Plz keep the advice and tips coming. Ty
 

stevebullman

Active Member
good luck with the freelance thing. i went out on my own jan 05, wont ever work for anyone else again, its a great life if you play it right. hope you find your way.

steve
 

treewhisperer1

New Member
Location
Decatur, Georgia
Doug,
I have been a contract climber in Colorado (front range) for a little over a year now, and like it alot. I carry general liability around $2,000,000 of coverage and also carry individual health insurance. Your coverage depends on the type and scale of work you will be doing. The reason I have such high coverage, I do alot of work for municipalities, so they require it.
There are alot of smaller companies around here going this route instead of having full time employees. Lets face it, its hard to find reliable/quality employees (anywhere), so this concept works out great for smaller guys wanting quality work done. Last winter I was scheduled out a month in advance and worked six days a week.
This past spring I was able to travel back east and work for some small companies for a couple weeks at a time. great way for me to check out the east and help some people catch up on work. I hope to do the same this winter, maybe somewhere warm!Anybody in Florida, Texas need help?
 

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