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kicking around the idea of starting my own finish carpentry business, looking for suggestions on how to find jobs to bid on. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
In our state most counties have a chamber of commerce that posts jobs that are accepting bids. Check your local website.
Check your local Craigslist for contractors who are trying to hire carpenters.
These are the people who are having a hard time staffing their projects. At least some of them will be amenable to considering a subcontractor for some of the finish carpentry work.
Craigslist is going to get you bottom of the barrel. I think you need to get your name out by telling friends and spreading your name. Take every opportunity to let people know what you are doing. Let them know you are starting out too. People like to help people. Make sure you give out business cards and get at least a one page web site.
Yep word of mouth works like no other. And I can attest to the fact that craigslist gets you bottom of the barrel kind of work. Better than no work, but the few times I ran a job that was found on craigslist it left me feeling tired and regretful. Its always someone wanting something for nothing. Our best work comes from happy clients telling their friends. The advice about going to your local chamber of commerce or county office is really good as well. You will go through a lot more bids but something worth while will eventually stick.