To be clear, I personally am a licensed contractor in the state of Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Oregon, and as of this year, Texas.
My company model is built around some personal experience, business courses in college, and best practices learned from other business owners.
When I decided to start hiring, training, and enabling others to be a part of my vision, I set up a legal structure that enables us to adapt with state and foreign regulations.
I own an LLC in Idaho which is called Turbo Management LLC. This company owns each state's agency called Turbo Renovations LLC - (state name). That state operation is controlled and operated by a Manager-owner LLC structure, and I have some small and simple standards of operation that require reporting. We then have state company policies and procedures to be followed by each state’s respective employees.
When it operates smoothly and efficiently, (thank you Jeremy Johnson in Oregon, and Robbie and Mike) the State manager (I like to call them super-intendants due to a little joke in the company) bids on jobs and writes contracts and delegates tasks to the foreman. The foreman heads labor and construction tasks and makes sure there are enough materials for the work to be completed. The laborers are taught and trained to do what we do by the foreman, who was originally trained by myself.
Laborers start with little to no knowledge and are trained to do what we do. We teach them to do things our way, and to follow OSHA practices, State Building Code, and Federal Regulations.
Laborers work under the direct supervision of the job site Foreman. The foreman is someone completely experienced and capable of excellence in the labor being performed. He/she is also capable of managing people and keeping employees safe and engaged in their work.
The foreman is directly responsible to report employee hours worked, roles completed and by whom. He/she documents progress and keeps the superintendent up to date. He/she reports to and consults with the superintendent on potential delays and problems both with the work, as well as laborer/material schedules.
Daily and weekly reporting helps to ensure that timelines and quality are maintained well above state and federal regulations. My favorite day was when I got a phone call from Robbie, a foreman in Oregon. He called me to double check a technical issue on a job and explained what he thought, what Dr. Google recommended, what the State and Federal Code Regulations were, and that he wanted to know my thoughts.
At the end of the phone call, he said, “that’s what I thought you would say, and that’s what Jeremy said you would say, but he said to call you anyways.”
I tell my employees that I’m always available, and have interrupted conversations with new and potential clients and even state agencies (including losing my place in line and having to wait hours to get back to that place in line) to speak with them. It is my firm belief that I should not be working on anything NEW if I haven’t already taken care of the OLD.
All of my employees know me personally. They know my family. They know how healthy and happy my wife and kids are, and I know them and as much about their personal lives as they want to tell me.
I am in business to make the world a better place.
I think that comes one person at a time.
Therefore Turbo Renovations exists.
And we exist not to make anyone rich, although many of our clients have become more wealthy because of our work, and many of my employees have a better life because of us, and my wife and kids get to eat and enjoy a life devoid of extreme hardship…
We exist to show the world that capitalism isn’t a cut throat aggressive and greedy way to riches, but an opportunity to show the world who you really are, and an opportunity to choose to do what you want as a contributor to a healthy community.