We live in a time now where a person must not only think about the costs of schooling, licensing and opening a practice or business. He or she must also think about all of the unlicensed activity that goes on with this business today. It is shocking and surprising the fact that this even goes on as much as it really does. We now live in a short cut society where people tend to look for short cuts first and worry about problems or issues later. Perhaps this is fully planned and is happening in an effort to further the police state. While unlicensed activity has been around for decades, it now flourishes in most industries.
Is getting a license to practice still worth it?
I know this article will lead to one of these: How do you know it is multi culturalism or the new massive influx of multi cultures? While it is true some of these industries you really can’t pin on that, there are several that can be pinned on that as I will explain. First off, how would you like to have spent $100,000 plus at schools for the last 8 years to get a license to practice dentistry. You then spend another $200,000 opening a clinic via loans, you do everything right and by the law, purchase insurance and everything else that is involved with being a dentist and having your own practice.
After spending another $50,000 plus in advertising the first 6 months, you begin to lose clients. A guy who went to school for dentistry in Colombia for 4 or 5 years is now living in the USA (the most common that we found). The license requirements are too rigorous for his taste and from his home he decides to open a mobile dentistry operation. This operation will not be advertised, it will be word of mouth via only people the same culture. Each person must be recommended by a previous client and be of the same culture explained someone.
The traditional dentist clinic charges $1,000.00 average for a root canal. The unlicensed operative asks the person to get x-rays from a regular clinic and pay the $40.00 fee for them and proceeds with the root canal at their home for just $300.00 or under. The unlicensed dentist also provides illegal prescriptions of antibiotics and pain medicine from what we have heard.
This is clearly a case of ruining an American industry. Grant it, the dentist who opened the right way will not usually go out of business, but this type of activity may cost his practice a couple hundred thousand in sales.
Another industry that we came across today and really had no idea that it was being ruined by unlicensed activity. Plumbing has always been a great industry to be in. It’s crazy but not many people really understand how many years of schooling and experience it takes to become a licensed plumber, it is just as rigorous as being a doctor. On average plumbers spend about 8 years working towards a license that allows them to open on their own and become actual plumbers. Plumbing is actually a very highly paid industry where it was not uncommon for plumbing businesses to make over a half million dollars per year. Those days are long gone due to unlicensed activity as noted.
We needed to replace a hot water heater so we opened up Craigslist and began calling the local advertised plumbers in the area. Due to a flooding issue that we had several years ago, we always ask for insurance credentials prior to allowing a plumber to do work in the house or office. Amazingly we found that over 90% of the advertised plumbers on Craigslist were really just handymen without any license or insurance all together. They advertised that they did plumbing, not just plumbing but bathrooms, hot water heaters, copper line leaks, under foundations, toilet problems and so on. Not only did they advertise all that but they are more than 2 times cheaper than the plumbers that actually pay insurance, pay office space and spent 8 years to get a license.
When the real plumber arrived I asked him some questions and he said that no, the industry is no longer a great industry and has been killed by unlicensed activity. He now has to work for $20.00 per hour and is lucky to be working everyday. Now $20.00 per hour might sound decent to the new generations however after spending so many years at school and having so many expenses $20.00 per hour sucks.
Here is a short list of some of the other industries that have been destroyed due to the massive increase in un licensed activity or short cut system that pollutes today.
- Food trucks
- Private investigation
- Hair, nails and waxing
Surely there are hundreds more that are not listed so if you happen to know of any please feel free to comment and list them below.