Difference between GC and Sub


#1

I am trying to understand the difference in being a general contractor or subbing to a general contractor.
What are the difference in licensing requirements, insurance requirements
I realize aquiring the jobs is what the gc does, but I also know that isn’t his/her only function.


#2

General Contractor = GC

This is the guy hired to run the overall job and is usually in charge of hiring sub-contractors if needed.

Sub-contractor = sub

Someone hired by another contractor (usually a GC) to do a job. In effect the person hiring the sub is making themselves a middleman; either because they can not perform the work needed to be done by the hired sub or because the hired sub can get the job done better/cheaper.

One hires a GC and the GC hires subs.


#3

If u use a cheap alien to sub your work to, you can be fined highly. Someone told me as high as $10,000 per alien. I seen a guy using aliens and he told me he subbed the work to a white female (one of the guy’s girlfriends)(the only one that could speak english), she was the one responsible for the aliens.


#4

Please also note there are GC’s who pull in plumbing, concrete, electrical, etc. & there are ROOFING GC’s who merely sell the roofing job under an umbrella of the entire project & then pull in other co’s under them or have sub crews (a sub crew vs. payrolled employees & everything that goes along with having them on “staff”).