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Rust free sheet metal project design, fabrication, marketing, sales, and business set-up advise:
First off you do not need to be male for this type of work. This is more about what's between your ears than upper body strength. If you're straining that much you're probably doing it wrong or not using the right tools. Although, there are thousands of sheet metal shops around the States that have more or better equipment than I have, yet are amazed to see what I have been able to do with a fraction of what they have. It's what you do with it that matters most.

I can show you how you can set up a working business with minimal tools and improve your marketing to save you thousands each month from expensive ads. This is web site is already the most comprehensive you will find on the Web by far, so you will find a lot of beneficial information if you take the time to read through it. 

This could be for you; if you want to make a decent living doing something rewarding, creating projects with your own hands to have something to be proud of decades later. If you already have some sheet metal working experience that can be helpful, but is not required. You will need to possess a good mechanical aptitude, spatial arrangement, artistic imagination, and math skills to get into this sort of high end work, instead of just basic duct work most sheet metal shops are involved in.

As far as I know I may have one of the only gutter replacement and custom sheet metal training programs like this in the States. I can assist your start-up of this sort of business with lists of suppliers and tools best suited for this work, saving you a lot of wasted time and money. Even more saved than the cost of this training program.

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What to do before signing up for my Business Training Program:
There is a great deal of info on our web site regarding this sort of business with many Fabrication Pages to review to help give you a better idea of what this is all about, but it is not just a standard system. It revolves around a very high set of standards for quality and ethics, which you will not find in normal business models. I feel that if nothing else it is a smarter business model in the long run; saving thousands each month just in advertising costs and customer warranty service issues. Keeping the phone ringing for decades to come from referrals and less head-aches for dealing with client's complaints.

This is not a quick-get-rich program, since most of those are just scams to pick your pocket. This type of work has a good potential of making a healthy living without breaking your back, or having to work with highly hazardous materials. It has growth potential to possibly make you $50 to $150 an hour, but I feel some of the best rewards is the feeling of pride and satisfaction of your accomplishments providing a good service to your clients and helping to build values in America once again.

Read through our web site carefully to get to know this business as well as you possibly can. Not just this one web page. Then write an essay on your experience, qualifications, and plans for this sort of business. Then e-mail that to me to begin the process and evaluate the cost of just what you want and need. That way I can tailor the cost for your maximum benefit.

You will need to mail half of the tuition to begin the actual training on-line to prepare you to maximize your training when you get here for the hands-on training. The other half will be due when you arrive for your hands on training. Read the sections below to find out more what that training entails.

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What If I Need Training in Sheet Metal Work 101:

For more information than I have already generously provided here you will have to pay for personalized lessons that will be much more than just how to bend metal.  I will be happy to tailor this training to meet your needs and adjust the cost accordingly. You will most likely need to be able to spend week or two here with me for a portion of this hands-on training depending on your aptitude, but if you are a very sharp person it could go more quickly.

With my training program options you can get:

(a) Internet correspondence to set up this training time with other details, along with correspondences prior to begining the hands-on training, in order to help maximize your time while here.

(b) Learning the lingo and sales techniques that work, without placing your client under stressful pressure.

(c) Provide you with a list of good tools and suppliers.

(d) A detailed work system to save you a lot of money and time.

(e) I will be going over marketing concepts and work with you to develop a starter web site to market your service for clients local to you and even out of State.  This will give you that professional image and save you a great deal of time on the phone answering common questions. It will also save you thousands a month on advertising costs and help you find better pre-qualified clients for an easy sale.

(f) I will show you how to maintain the web site, and add your personal touches and photos.  A list of user-friendly inexpensive programs needed, that we have tested over the last decade of web design work.

(g) Book keeping and tax information.

(h) Going out to client's homes to do bids and actual onsite work, seeing how we interact with clients, with a hand-on demonstration.

(i) I will be demonstrating most types of sheet metal fabrication and installation, even if it is not relating to the jobs I have lined up.  You would be using aluminum material to practice on, so we can see that you are able to do it yourself.  You will be returning with samples of your work and templates to refer to afterwards.

(j) Then some afterwards teaching and answer time on-line; for some of the questions that you will come up with later on.

And more details that I may not have thought to add here.

What Will This Cost?

As far as cost for this sort of training with a comprehensive hands-on instruction with up to 3 students would run $3,000 for the first week to cover all I'm offering listed above with aluminum examples you made to take back with you. Then $2,500 for each week after that.

For some that may seem like a lot, but you could spend much more than this on just getting a decent custom web site designed for your business, so I know this is quite a bargain for all I'm offering here, and save you more than this in just the first year alone.  This is a small start-up cost for most any type of small business.  This will also greatly increasing your chances for success, where most small businesses fail within the first 2 years. I have specialized in sheet metal work for 2 decades now, since 1992. We have a guest room here, so you would not need to spend the extra $ for that, and my wife is a pretty decent cook.

If you are unable to spare more than a few days devoted to this training I have a couple other options:

 (a) $300 a day to hang with me and see what I do. We will need to carefully arrange this time, so I can set my schedule to best fit your time here, where I am doing the sort of work that would benefit you most.

 (b) $700 a day to have me spend my full attention with you while you're here for a one-on-one training in order to show you these skills and have you make your own practice sample pieces to bring back with you to use as reference guides.

This is cheaper than many group seminars offered in other fields of work, where you would just sit in uncomfortable chair to be lectured at all day, so I know my cost is quite reasonable.

If you are serious about our training program, read through the dozens of web pages on our web site (not just this one web page), write an essay on your qualifications, experience, your business plan so far, and let me know just what all you need most. Then send it to me in an e-mail.

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Referrals

From: James Steadman <jsal2001@yahoo.c*m
Subject: gutter training
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010

Hi David,
I wanted to let you know that I recently used some of the training you gave me. I installed two long sections of gutter, 60 or 70 feet each, so I used the gutter splice you taught me and they worked perfectly. I appreciate the opportunity you gave me to come to Portland and train with you. We covered a lot of stuff in one day and it was well worth the trip. It was very nice of you and your family to allow me to stay at your home. It was also nice of you to get up at 4 AM in the morning and take me to the airport. Tia is a great cook too!

Thanks,
Jim Steadman
Steadman's Rain Gutters
Bridgeport, Texas
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Other Helpful Roofing Information
For some valuable advice with regards to roofing and rain management issues check out our:

(a) Gutter Installation
(b) Gutter Debris Protection Options
(c) Roofing Quality Standards
(d) Chimney Flashing

(e) Moss Control & Treatment

web pages for answers and solutions that could save you thousands of $ and a great deal of anguish.

If you do find this information very helpful, feel free to send us a $ tip for the assistance we so freely have published on the web here for your benefit, like you might tip a waitress.  Heck, send us a gift certificate for a candle lit dinner for two. (LOL)

 

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