It takes some hard work to do what a group of area guys have done; they took a bad situation, getting laid off, and turned it into cash by doing odd jobs for folks around town. No job is too small or too big, especially when you are trying to make a living. That's the sales pitch behind the business of doing odd jobs. With a simple ad, and a little word of mouth, doing odd jobs has been keeping Paul Whitehouse and John Garrelli busy. Thursday's job was installing a chain link fence. The business plan is simple, "Trying to save people money and make a living,” Whitehouse stated. Whitehouse lost his job a couple months ago along with his friend John Garrelli, so they decided to go into business together. "We do good quality work and cheap, and the economy is really bad right now, and we got to do what we got to do,” Garrelli said. Thursday it was a fence, tomorrow it could be moving furniture; that’s a day in the life of doing odd jobs. Paul said they've even done jobs for as little as a dollar. While their sign does say P's Odd Jobs, sometime the requests they get are a little odd-er than expected. "We got a phone call and the lady just needed help hanging pictures. We didn't charge her anything we just went and helped." This is third time they have been hired for a job on this property. They obviously have a satisfied customer. "We’ve saved some money because I checked with a fence company, so I’m pleased it has saved me some money,” said Marie McKeithan. The crew of odd jobs consider themselves as guys at the bottom just trying find their way back to the top. These guys don't have a business license for odd jobs, though they are certified in their own trades. WWAY spoke with a representative from the Better Business Bureau who says there could be a risk involved in hiring someone who is not licensed and insured. She recommends asking for references from past customers, and considers getting something in writing
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