*Jeremiah 's worked as a freelance pro in the greater Guelph–Wellington (Tri-Cities, south-west-gTa) region since '01, apprenticed with 16 great, specialized veteran firms, and logged over 20,000 pro hours, and counting.
AS/ap's Backstory: 2000 to '08(JS)
Shortly after I moved back to Ontario (to Guelph, in July 2000), two brief, modestly successful partnerships had Seip Enterprises (now Seip llc) and 'Seip Painting' (now alliedpainting.com**) up and running. [See the note ** on AlliedPainting, below.]
With modest reserves sunk in tools, the winter of '02-'03 landed me on the crew of a good design–build contractor — where I enjoyed the change of pace, continued to expand my skill-set, and, without knowing it, set the pattern for the years ahead: Summer entrepreneurship, and, winter apprenticeship*. [See * Journeyman, below]
By winter '03-'04 I had two men on the payroll (full-time) and an acute awareness of both the boom–bust nature of construction and, the strategic advantages of being smaller — as in, smaller and better. (Better service, craftsmanship, profitability and value; with less risk, overhead and distraction...) Reluctantly, I let the guys go and 'un-branded' the business.
And began to focus almost entirely on discipline, passion, learning and skill; capitalizing on my upstart advantage: Shopping my skill-set around — apprenticing on specialized veteran crews, soaking-up knowledge and building skill.
Accordingly, over the next few years ('04 to '08) Seip Enterprises serendipitously developed two different 'brands' — by word-of-mouth (hard work) and apprenticeship*: 'Skilled Services' (now AlliedService.ca), and 'Painting & Restoration' (ap**). [AlliedService + aliedpainting**= AS|ap™, ASap™]
** re. AlliedPainting: The lack of a proven, simple, and cost-effective solution to the problem of paint wastewater fostered my commitment to the trade, and I published ap to set an example and reach good people.
*Journeyman professional, freelance apprenticeship:6 veteran painting / decorating outfits; refining my first bread-and-butter skill-set, doing everything from luxury re-paints, to high-volume commercial--residential, to chic commercial snazz-ups; 2 veteran plaster, drywall, tape & texture contractors; honing my restoration and finishing skill-set, and learning to tape & texture;1 veteran production drywaller; learning to board systematically; 3 veteran framing (structural carpentry) contractors; learning to build for 6 good and/or celebrated and/or award-winning builders; (Everything from production Energy Star, to breakneck townhouse, to multi-pitched stick-roofed executive mansion;) 2 veteran design-build general contractors; learning to build and renovate (on 4 nice additions, foundation to finish, lots of odds-and-ends, and one super-insulated studio / guest house); And 1 veteran electrician, who dabbled in general contracting (and became my second partner.)