First off, I LOVE construction. I have a college degree, have been a sucessful corporate exectutive and made tons of money before, but I was misrable. I left the rat race to follow my heart, residential construction.
I’ve been trying for years to make a niche as a high end residential remodeler. I dream of jobs like Tom Silva on This Old House does. I work in a very wealthy suburb of San Francisco. Multi-million dollar homes are a dime a dozen. I see properties all over doing big additions, building lavish and expensive kitchens and bathrooms.
Sounds like life should be great, right? It’s not! I struggle just to pay the bills every day. My wife constantly tells me to “get a real job”. I’m depressed. My phone is dead, my email the same. Leads aren’t materializing the last few months. The only jobs I ever seem to get invited to bid on, they either want to do a dirt cheap hack job or have a budget so unrealistic it’s not even worth my time to unload the tools!
I have signage on my truck, on any jobsite. Very positive reviews on all the usual sites, Nextdoor, houzz, Yelp, google, etc. I have a very professional looking website that actually ranks high on a google search for local contractors. My past clients all rave about my work, and would gladly serve as references.
Im at a loss. How can there be all this work around, big jobs with big budgets, and Im not even invited to the dance? I feel like Im doing evertthing Im “supposed” to and nada.
Anyone else experince this? Solutions? Advice?