What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A new law is soon to be passed that any contractor in MA with a C.S.L. must take a certain number hours a year of continuing education to keep up with new products and building methods. This is similiar to what other professionals must do to retain their licensing.
Personally I am constantly reading woodworking and building magazines, reading newsletters and blogs online, attending seminars on thing such as photo voltaics and new technology available for homes and other structures and always researching projects I work on. I believe the smart person is the one who knows when to ask a question and also knows where and how to obtain information when needed. There are many different certificates available for specialized services and to stay competitive it is important to obtain as many of these as possible. Its also fun to learn new things that interest you and being innovative is something that can make or break a business. It is nice to offer unique service(s) that other contractors do not.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I am a third generation contractor. I grew up as a young boy helping my father on job sites. As I became a young man I realized how much experience I had gained and that I enjoyed following in the footsteps of my father and grandfather. Since I have been dedicated to providing the same quality work I learned and always continuing to learn about new products and building techniques to provide my clients with the best options and final outcome to be proud of.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
References from friends and family are usually a good way to go. Word of mouth is what keeps contractors busy. Always check references!