EC: Licensed, bonded, insured. Pays all taxes. Keeps books. Usually hires a bookkeeper, as well as a tax preparer and business lawyer. Able to legally enter into contracts. Has experience, ability, and proper tools to do a job quickly and effeciently. Is viewed by the general public as a business. Has a federal tax ID number. Pays wages & bennies if any employees. Usually has a physical address.emahler said:
73.40. Insurance Requirements. (Effective March 1, 2004, 29 TexReg 1653; amended effective October 20, 2005, 30 TexReg 6730; amended effective December 1, 2007, 32 TexReg 8477)
(a) Electrical contractors, electrical sign contractors, and residential appliance installation contractors are required to maintain at least the minimum general liability insurance coverages at all times to satisfy proof of financial responsibility.
(1) The insurance must: be at least $300,000 per occurrence (combined for property damage and bodily injury);
(2) be at least $600,000 aggregate (total amount the policy will pay for property damage and bodily injury coverage); and
(3) be at least $300,000 aggregate for products and completed operations.
(b) A license applicant or licensee shall file with the Department a completed certificate of insurance or other evidence satisfactory to the Department when applying for initial and renewal licenses and upon request of the Department.
(c) Proof of the required general liability and workers’ compensation insurance can be submitted on an industry standard certificate of insurance form with a 30 day cancellation notice. Workers’ compensation coverage may be established by a certificate of authority to self insure, or an applicant may state that it has elected not to obtain workers’ compensation coverage.
(d) A licensed contractor shall furnish the name of the insurance carrier, policy number, name, address, and telephone number of the insurance agent with whom the contracting company is insured to any customer who requests it.
(e) Insurance must be obtained from an admitted company or an eligible surplus lines carrier, as defined in the Texas Insurance Code, Chapter 981, or other insurance companies that are rated by A.M. Best Company as B+ or higher.
73.51. Electrical Contractors’ Responsibilities. (Effective July 13, 2004, 29 TexReg 6637; amended effective March 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 1073; amended effective December 1, 2007, 32 TexReg 8477)
(a) A licensed electrical contractor shall display its name and license number on both sides of each vehicle owned or operated by the business and used in the conduct of electrical work. Lettering shall be of a contrasting color and at least two inches in height. The license number shall be preceded by the letters “TECL”.
(b) All of a contractor’s non-exempt electrical work shall be performed by licensed individuals. A contractor is responsible for compliance with applicable codes for all such electrical work performed on its behalf.
(c) The electrical contractor’s name, address, phone number, and license number shall appear on all proposals, invoices, and written contracts proposed by the contractor. The following information: “Regulated by The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P. O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711, 1-800-803-9202, 512-463-6599; website: www.license.state.tx.us/complaints” shall be listed on invoices and written contracts.
(d) A licensed electrical contractor shall maintain employee records and records of all work performed on its behalf for a period of four years after completion of the work, and shall make those records available to the Department at the contractor’s place of business during normal business hours for inspection and copying.
(e) A licensed electrical contractor and its designated master electrician are responsible for supervision of all licensees performing work on behalf of the contractor to assure compliance with applicable statutes and rules and in particular, standards of conduct set out in these rules.
Excuse me I think a retraction is in order.cowboyjwc said:As to what Tony said, the same is here in CA.
You do not even have to be able to read and write to be an electrician, so you just have your wife take the test and then you would work for her.
Then I must be an EC. As soon as I started my business, I hired the best dog-gone electrician in the world. He does all the work exactly the way I want it, never asks me any stupid questions, and makes me money to boot! He works nights and weekends for no extra pay, and never complains.Rewire said:I consider myself a contractor who employs electricians. I guess for me the transition from a self employed electrician to an electrical contractor was when I hired my first employee.I realized that it would be difficult to get my next job while I was working on the one I just landed. I knew that to build my business and take it to the level I wanted would require a mental change on my part I had to become an Electrical contractor. My tools do not get much use I have not put them up entirely but my time is devoted to landing the work and then passing it on to the mechanics.
480sparky said:EC: Licensed, bonded, insured. Pays all taxes. Keeps books. Usually hires a bookkeeper, as well as a tax preparer and business lawyer. Able to legally enter into contracts. Has experience, ability, and proper tools to do a job quickly and effeciently. Is viewed by the general public as a business. Has a federal tax ID number. Pays wages & bennies if any employees. Usually has a physical address.
S-EE: Usually not licensed. Works 'under the radar'. Does not pay all taxes, gets paid in cash. Works out of rusty '84 Ford Aerostar with two ladders, three extension cords and a drill. In short, a hack.
But that's just me. Who would hire a 'Self-Employed Electrician'?
Quite a bit I'd say. How many 1 truck EC's or "self-employed electricians" do you see out wiring the new Lowes or Wal Mart in town? Or doing a shut down at the nuke plant? Or building the new high rise down town?480sparky said:What difference should that make?