How I Started a Small Business (Contractor)

How I Started a Small Business (Contractor)

I was invited to speak at a local high school here in Texas.





Professional Results.



  1. Lloyd Mcbean on January 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    You’ve well said.!!!(richard) i’m in the same trade as you,though i’ve just started…good luck richard..i fallowed your’re a good person..

  2. twes619 on January 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve been in the corporate world for 15 years. Since I’ve been doing so many home projects, I’d rather be in your trade and business than sit at a desk making calls. It’s very rewarding.

  3. Damian Rodriguez on January 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    You are a great role model man. Great work trying to learn my self.

  4. AhYaOkRgT on January 16, 2019 at 8:21 pm


  5. Escobar R on January 16, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Great video! Inspiring!

  6. Paul Stephens on January 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Inspiring. I do alot of finish trim along with other things for a general contractor. I enjoy finish work the most. I been told to get my lic for years but that risk I’m scared of. This video makes me want to take a leap. Thxs

  7. Sundown798 on January 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Great speech! That’s awesome to motivate kids not only for good work ethics. But also the obvious DEMAND for finish carpentry in your area!
    I know every state is different but when construction is booming you got to get on the bandwagon! Anyone could first start out working with the subcontractors and learn the gig, then doing estimates. Learn to be a people person. Master both ends of the business. When your ready to start then do it. Talk to a CPA what you need for documents for taxes. It’s simple.
    The best way I learned was through friends and family contacts at first and hopefully your doing side jobs already. Then once you have some capital you can buy your own gear or perhaps move on to websites or social media. Or if your work is really good the work comes to you.
    Once you have your brand name set your set for life )) Good luck and all the best!

  8. Suzanne Simpson on January 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Good message for kids these days. Not everyone is cut out for college, yet everyone thinks they have to go. Lots of great careers in the trades. We don’t have near enough craftsmen anymore. Thank you.
    As far as the money part, I hope you have set up a retirement account for your future. The younger you start the better. Doesn’t have to be much each month since it will compound over time.
    You deserve it.

  9. Rafael Alvarez on January 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Keep it small and keep it all or like Biggie said “more money more problems” lol.What you said about owning your own business being feast or famine is so true I have experienced it with my own hotshot Trucking business.Great video.

  10. Vince Soto on January 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Hey man, how much you charge per square foot for trim?

  11. The Super on January 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Good job!

  12. scorpiooooh on January 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    How do you know how much to charge per linear foot?

  13. Orlando Pinos on January 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Saludos Richard me gusta tus videos sigue adelante mi amigo 👍👍

  14. Ryan MacEwen on January 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Great videos man! I love how open you are. Thank you. Open and humble, is awesome.

  15. Lollip on January 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Love your show and certainly would trust you to do my trim work… I’ve been in business for many years, and it’s more risky to work for someone else, since you can’t control their actions. You spelled success out in your video…. be honest, on time, do a good job and back up your work…. done…success!

  16. KANE FOWLER on January 16, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    100% respect this guy

  17. Rafael Alvarez on January 16, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    So much truth about being self employed in this video.

  18. Mada Nielk on January 16, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Richard McMurray is a good man.

  19. Robert James on January 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I knew there was something special and different about you and now I found out what it is. You were a United States Marine! Semper Fi. I too, a Marine, my Son also, and believe it or not, my daughter is a Marine, and she is a DI in Parris Island, tough little girl. I enjoy and watch all of your videos, what you are doing is giving back, and God will reward and prosper you for doing such a wonderful thing for us. Keep up the good work. Thanks for all you do for us.

  20. harrigl Nola on January 16, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    This is an EXCELLENT video!!! Well done!

  21. Scott Mason on January 16, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Good quote! "Life gives you what you deserve not what you want".

  22. Homer Playz on January 16, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Wow @Finish Carpentry tv thank you for your service I didn’t know that you was in the Crops

  23. nevergaf on January 16, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Inspiring. So glad I found your channel

  24. RandomOne yup on January 16, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    You did a great thing talking to the next gen.
    I like your vids mostly because I’m around the same age, maybe a year older and I went out on my own 7 years ago . While it can be extremely challenging sometimes , it’s worth it …for the right people . You gotta go out there and do more than most are willing go do . Great job bud.

  25. James cooper on January 16, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I’ve watched many of your videos. Didn’t know you are a vet as is your father & brother. I too am an army vet, as is my eldest son, 2 brothers & dad. My youngest son graduated from TCU & lives in Dallas. From Boston. I admired you prior to watching this video. Now i totally respect you. I always thought. This young man does quality work & shares his knowledge with the public, what a wicked nice young man. I truly wish you & your family a long happy prosperous life. Your a good American. I’m proud to be your fellow American. 🇺🇸

  26. Curtis G on January 16, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I will say that you are a inspiring young man. You have admirable and honest view of your trade and life in general. Your work is very impressive. Also I think your million bucks is on the way. Thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge.
    Cheers from🇨🇦

  27. Jerry Alvarez on January 16, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Dude you are a great example for the youth! More power to you!

  28. LiaHoshi86 on January 16, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    That teacher sounds just like my carpentry teacher

  29. machining projects at a hobby level plus woodworking on January 16, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    "Never got drunk or high", good for you, it’s refreshing to know that there are people out there your age, who still have good values, and that’s why it shows in your work as well, God bless you, for your integrety.

  30. andrew m on January 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    You are a cool dude.
    Keep on truckin boy.

  31. Juan Yupa on January 16, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    U gotta risk it to get the biscuit

  32. Bert Melendez on January 16, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Proud of you brother! God bless you and your family. Keep sharing your knowledge, you are a true talent and a inspiration to many.

  33. Ensure Painting Plus on January 16, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Richard is so Humble & Honest, thats why he stay busy and a faithful audience 👍🏻

  34. HestheOcelotCommander on January 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    You spoke a lot of good things to those young men. Maybe one day they’ll be tradesmen. I’m actually happy I didn’t go to college. I’ve got to do a bunch of different things and I haven’t even seen a college classroom. I agreed with everything you said in this video, there’s always more ways to make money.

  35. Gilbert Tafoya on January 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    your my new favorite carpenter… good job bud

  36. papalapa on January 16, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    BE ON TIME!!! I work for myself too. Most homeonwers i work for are so happy i that i showed up on time. You have a great show keep up the good work

  37. Jose Ramirez on January 16, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Yeah you’re right you don’t need a lot of people do you want to do it perfect you have to do it yourself that’s what I think

  38. Rey Hernandez on January 16, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Home Depot for boys, Lowe’s for girls and Ace is in 3rd place.

  39. CU96821 on January 16, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Richard, of all your videos I have seen…. This was the best learning your story. Kudos from Hawaii!

  40. FlyBy804 on January 16, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I love your channel man and awesome work! You have an amazing story thanks for sharing ! I love to hear success stories like this

  41. Jesus Gutierrez on January 16, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Awesome story! Semper Fi

  42. Jacob Fugett on January 16, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    I knew you were from Texas because I’ve watched a few of your videos. But I never knew you were so close! I graduated from lake worth high school last year and I have done the same thing as you! Started my own company doing remodeling and building structures. Love being my own boss and dealing with the customer direct. The business in the dfw area is booming!! Since I first started this I can’t remember a time where I didn’t have business to make money. Great job man, great video keep it up.

  43. Bryan Phinny on January 16, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    You need to make a stop at construction careers academy in San Antonio Texas . It’s my senior year

  44. Fearsome Warrior on January 16, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    I believe people who want to go to college or want a job that almost always needs college should. Even the trades require college and open more opportunities within trades. Getting a two year electricians degree is about the only way to get into that field now. Not sure about others but you’re not getting in unless you have family or a two-year. There is however a expansive amount of different trades with different requirements.

  45. adam cain on January 16, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I am a fulltime machinist and paint as a side gig I make more painting in 1 day then I do at my real job in 40hrs. I thought about trying to paint for myself fulltime it’s just scary taking that leap, especially with privet health insurance costs.

  46. Matthew Lehman on January 16, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    That was so spot on, exactly why and how I became my own subcontractor.. And my biggest problem is that we’re all lacking new people in the trades, literally every company I talk with can’t find workers. Product of a generation I guess…

  47. Tom Haire on January 16, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Semper Fi, I like your video’s, work ethic and Quality of work. Great job.

  48. loppy1978 on January 16, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Lowes gives military discounts to ALL veterans, and Home Depot only gives them to retired, active or disabled.

  49. Rafael Alvarez on January 16, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Now that you mention hitting pipes behind the wall.Have you tried the Walabot tool that they are always advertising on here?

  50. Live Music on January 16, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I was in the Army and like to work as trim carpenter, after managing several bands find most work as carpenter, flooring or a construction trade. I have been asked to be a sub and volunteer to teach woodworking classes at local college.