AlliedService.ca (AS/ap™, "a-sap") is the lean, disciplined, open, entrepeneurial, scalable versatile, pro renovation, restoration, fine finishing and handyman–craftsman service platform* of its principal owner-operator, Jeremiah Seip** ('Sīpe') of Guelph, On...
*Serving the greater Guelph, Tri-Cities area with pride since 2001.
**Jeremiah has worked as a freelance pro in the Guelph–Wellington (+Tri-Cities + south-west-gTa) region since '01, apprenticed with 16 great (specialized, veteran) firms to date, and, logged more than 20,000 professional hours — and counting.
AS/ap's Backstory: 2000 to '08 (by J.S.)
Shortly after I moved back to Ontario (to Guelph, in July 2000) two brief, modestly successful partnerships had Seip Enterprises (my first registered proprietorship) and 'Seip Painting' (now alliedpainting.com**) up and running. [See the note ** on AlliedPainting, below.]
With my modest reserves sunk in tools, the winter of '02-'03 landed me on the crew of a good design–build contractor; where I enjoyed the change of pace, continued to expand my skill-set, and — without knowing it — set the pattern for the years ahead: Summer entrepreneurship, and winter apprenticeship*. [See * Journeyman, below]
By winter '03-'04, I had two men on the payroll, full-time, and an acute awareness of both the boom–bust nature of construction and, the strategic advantages of being smaller — as in smaller and better. (i.e. Better service, craftsmanship, profitability and value; with less risk, overhead and distraction...) Reluctantly, I let the guys go and un-branded the business...
...And began to focus almost entirely on discipline, passion, learning and skill; capitalizing on my upstart advantage: Shopping my skill-set around — apprenticing on specialized veteran crews, soaking-up knowledge and building skill.
Accordingly, over the next few years ('04 to '08) Seip Enterprises serendipitously developed two different 'brands' — by word-of-mouth and apprenticeship*: 'Skilled Services' (now AlliedService.ca), and 'Painting & Restoration' (ap**). [AlliedService + aliedpainting**= AS/ap™, ASap™ , "a sap"]
** re. AlliedPainting: The lack of a proven, simple and cost-effective solution to the problem of paint wastewaterfostered my commitment to the trade, and I published a.p. to set an example and reach more people.
* Journeyman, professional freelance apprenticeship: 3 veteran framing (structural carpentry) contractors; learning to build for 6 good and/or celebrated and/or award-winning builders; (Everything from production Energy Star, to breakneck townhouse, to multi-pitched stick-roofed executive mansion;) 2 veteran design-build general contractors; learning to build and renovate (on 4 nice additions, foundation to finish, lots of odds-and-ends, and one super-insulated studio/guest house); 2 veteran plaster, drywall, tape & texture contractors; honing my finishing and restoration skill-set, and learning to tape & texture; 1 veteran production drywaller; learning to board systematically; 1 veteran Electrician who dabbled in general contracting (and became my second partner.) ... and 6 veteran Painting and Decorating outfits; refining my first bread-and-butter skill-set (on everything from luxury re-paints, to high volume commercial--residential, to chic commercial snazz-ups)...