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How to Become an Electrician

How to Become an Electrician

If you’ve thought about a career as an electrician, you need to be properly certified and licensed in the state of Florida. The Electrical Contractors Licensing Board will issue you your license. In the field of electrical contractor work, there are four specialties: electrical contractor, alarm contractor I (fire alarms), alarm contractor II (no fire alarms), and specialty: residential, lighting, utility line, etc.

You can pursue one or more of these specialty licenses.

If you want to pursue an electrical license, you need to do at least one of the following:

  • Be a manager in this field for at least three years (must occur in the last six years).
  • Be a supervisor in this field for at least four years (must occur in the last eight years).
  • Have at least six years of education/training and/or experience in the electrical field (must occur in the last 12 years).

Each different electrical specialty also has their specific requirements that you need to follow. Every license is different. You may need to take an exam (or a few) or complete a number of courses.

When it comes to submitting your license application, there are many reasons you can be rejected. You could’ve failed your test. You could’ve missed a fee. You could’ve not had enough experience. You could’ve not had enough education. You could have poor credit. You could have a criminal background. Whatever the reason, the Board can reject you and you may have to apply again (if possible). read more

Annual Report Filing and Scam Reminder

Annual Report Filing and Scam Reminder

It’s officially the new year, which means from now until May 1st you need to file an annual report for your business. If you do not file an annual report by May 1st, you will need to pay a $400 late fee as a penalty. The late fee will keep your business from being dissolved.

During this time of year, there are a lot of scams that go around regarding the annual report filings. These scams do not come from the Florida Secretary of State and they’re trying to get additional money from you. One such scam may ask you for your annual minutes, which is not something that needs to be filed with the Department of State in Florida or any state. This scam will solicit a $125 fee.

The annual report is required and must be filed. By filing your annual report, your business will keep its active status. If the state hasn’t received anything from you by September, your company will be dissolved or revoked.

Before the May 1st deadline, the fee to file an annual report for a corporation is $150 and $138.75 for a limited liability company. After May 1st, the fee for a corporation will cost $550 and a limited liability company will cost $538.75. As you can see, $400 was added to each amount. read more

Get Your Demolition Specialty Contractor License

Get Your Demolition Specialty Contractor License

In 2014, the state of Florida announced a new specialty license available for demolition contractors called “certified building demolition specialty contractor.”

This license became available, so people and businesses can demolish any residential or commercial structure under four stories. If a four-story or taller structure is in the project, the license holder must hold a valid certified general contractor license. For a more technical definition, “this license has been added so that individuals and businesses who work solely with the execution of contracts requiring the experience, financial means, knowledge, and skill to demolish, if not prohibited by law, steel tanks 50 feet or less in height; towers 50 feet or less in height; other structures 50 feet or less in height, other than buildings or residences over three stories tall; and buildings or residences three stories or less in height. Nothing in this rule shall be deemed to restrict or limit in any manner the scope of work authorized by law of other contractor classifications.” read more

Is there a Handyman License?

Is there a Handyman License?

You’ve probably heard of the term, “handyman,” many times in your life. In short, it’s a person who can do a lot of odd jobs. However, is this person certified to do these jobs? Does he or she need a license to do this kind of work?

Well, there isn’t a contractor license out there that allows you to do it all. You can’t get a license to fix a leaky faucet, install drywall, and repair a roof – it just doesn’t exist! All these jobs fall under individual specialty licenses. To fix a roof, you need a roofing license. To fix a leak in a pipe, you need a plumbing license. To rewire a room, you need an electrical license. Etc. etc.

In Collier County, Florida, there is a “handyman” license, but it is called a maintenance license. Every county allows a person with maintenance license to do different things. You may be surprised to find out the scope of this license isn’t very big. A maintenance license isn’t legally allowed to do as much as you’d think a “handyman” can do. With a maintenance license in Collier County, you can: read more

How to Market Yourself as a Contractor

How to Market Yourself as a Contractor

If you’re a contractor, you need to market yourself. How else will people know you exist? As a contractor licensing company, we wanted to share with you a few tips on how you can market/promote yourself as a contractor, so you can get yourself the most business.

  • Word of mouth – Spread the word to family and friends that you are officially licensed customer. Let them know what you do for work and your skillset. Give them a business card.
  • Social media – Make yourself a professional social media page on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Take photos of your work and share it. Engage with people. Talk about your services.
  • Website – Build yourself a website or hire a website development company to make one for you. It’s 2019. If you don’t have a website, you’ll find behind. People want to go online to look at your credentials, work, testimonials, etc. if you don’t have a website, potential customers may not think you’re professional or credible. Even if you are a one-man operation, a website is still necessary. A website, id an online calling card. Your website is an online presence. The internet is where people turn to for information on everything. It’s the new yellow pages. By typing into the search engines, they can easily find you based on keywords like “general contractor in Naples, Florida.”

You need an online presence as a contractor. If you’re not online, you’ll be missing out on so many potential customers. The internet is where your customers are!

If you’re in the processing of becoming a contractor and need a license, we can help you with this process. We can do the paperwork for you faster and get you licensed faster. We have helped thousands of contractors in Florida and in other states get their contractor license. We know what the contractor licensing board is looking for, and we make sure everything is properly included in your application.

We will complete and file all necessary paperwork for the application. To get your contractor license, click Florida contractor’s license page to learn more or call 239-777-1028. read more